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Iraqi, Coalition Forces Stop Terrorists, Disarm Car Bomb

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 18, 2006 – Separate incidents in Baghdad and Mosul led to Iraqi and coalition forces killing or capturing several terrorists operating in those areas. Coalition forces also disarmed a car bomb in Mosul.

Iraqi police and Task Force Band of Brothers soldiers killed three terrorists and wounded 10 others in two separate incidents yesterday in Mosul.

In the first incident, soldiers from 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team watched as a group of insurgents began burying an improvised explosive device on a roadway southwest of the city. The troops carefully tracked the movements of each insurgent before engaging them with small-arms fire. The terrorists fled the area in waiting vehicles.

Iraqi soldiers from 1st Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 2nd Iraqi Army Division, and coalition forces identified nine insurgents with gun shot wounds from the engagement at a local hospital. All nine of the men were treated by doctors at the hospital and then detained.

One civilian also was wounded and treated at a local civilian hospital.

In the second incident, terrorists attacked three civilians on a highway outside Mosul shortly after noon. The terrorists chased the civilians' vehicle in two separate cars, firing into it several times.

U.S. soldiers from the 172nd responded to the gunfire and killed all three terrorists in one of the cars. Iraqi police pursued the remaining car until it stopped and the four terrorists fled on foot. Iraqi police captured one terrorist, who was wounded as he tried to escape.

The three civilians, all wounded, were taken to a nearby civilian hospital for treatment.

In other news, an elite Iraqi police unit disrupted terrorist activity in the region when it captured a local terrorist cell leader in a late afternoon raid south of Baghdad May 16.

Members of the Hillah Special Weapons and Tactics unit conducted the operation east of Iskandriyah, targeting Salih Hassan Latif al-Janabi, also known as Abu Sabrin.

Al-Janabi, a local terrorist cell leader, oversees the operations of several other terrorist cells. His cell is responsible for a counterfeit-document and -money network as well as for conducting improvised-explosive-device attacks in the area, U.S. officials said. He also has ties to other known terrorist leaders.

No injuries or casualties were reported from this incident.

Elsewhere the same day, Task Force Band of Brothers soldiers discovered and successfully disarmed a car bomb packed with munitions and explosives in Mosul.

Mosul police officers and U.S. soldiers from the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team secured the area as an explosives disposal team assessed the device. The explosives team safely removed 14 large artillery rounds, a rocket-propelled-grenade warhead, a large gas can, and more than 100 pounds of bulk explosives from the vehicle.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)

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