Bomb Kills Soldier on Combat Logistics Patrol in Iraq
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2005 A 56th Brigade Combat Team soldier was killed by a roadside bomb while on a combat logistics patrol Sept. 17 near Asad, Iraq, military officials reported today.
The soldier was taken to a coalition forces medical treatment facility, where he died of his wounds. His name is being withheld pending notification of family.
In other news from Iraq, coalition forces in Tal Afar raided high-level al Qaeda safe houses today, killing and capturing several terrorists.
When they entered the first safe house, coalition forces were engaged by terrorists employing small arms. Alerted by the firefight, terrorists from a second safe house opened fire on the coalition forces. Coalition forces returned fire, killing four terrorists and detaining four, officials said.
After securing the first target, coalition forces then turned their attention to the second safe house, where they killed two more terrorists.
Ground forces called in close air support to destroy the two safe houses. Multiple secondary explosions were seen emanating from the buildings, indicating a large amount of explosives or ammunition was stored on the premises, officials said.
Four terrorists were detained during the raid, and coalition forces came under fire from terrorists in nearby homes. Six terrorists were confirmed killed.
A Multinational Division South East operation in Basra today resulted in three people being arrested.
This operation resulted from a Multinational Force Iraq investigation that identified people believed to be responsible for organizing terrorist attacks resulting in the deaths of nine members of coalition forces in the past two months in Basra, officials said.
Coalition officials identified two of the people taken into custody: Sheik Ahmed Majid Farttusi and Sayyid Sajjad.
"I am well aware that the people that we have arrested are prominent individuals in Basra," said Brig. John Lorrimer, British Army commander of the 12th Mechanized Brigade in Basra. "But let me make it absolutely clear: we have acted against them as individuals, not as members of any particular organization.
"As the people of Basra, you are entitled to your own religious beliefs and political opinions," he continued. "Those are not matters for MNF. We will not, however, tolerate terrorism, and will act against it whenever we can."
In other news, Task Force Liberty soldiers today fired on two men fleeing the scene of a roadside bomb attack in Duluiyah.
Soldiers in the patrol spotted the men running away after the bomb detonated, tried to detain them and then shot them after receiving small arms fire from the suspects, officials said. The men, who each received a gunshot wound, were treated by task force personnel and evacuated to a coalition forces base for further treatment.
Task Force Liberty soldiers searched the area and found a second bomb, consisting of two 155 mm rounds and a bottle of fuel, buried in the center of the road. No Task Force Liberty personnel were injured in the attack, officials said.
Iraqi Army troops and coalition forces apprehended and detained seven suspected terrorists in two separate Sept. 17 operations in Fallujah.
Personnel from the 1st Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 1st Iraqi Intervention Force, in conjunction with coalition forces, detained four military-aged males during a cordon-and-search operation. The men had detailed maps of Fallujah in their possession.
Later, in another cordon-and-search operation, Iraqi and coalition forces detained another three men, this time in possession of an SKS rifle and an AK-47 rifle. Ammunition for both rifles and six AK-47 magazines were also discovered. The detainees were taken into custody for further questioning and the property was seized.
Coalition aircraft flew 43 close air support and armed reconnaissance sorties Sept. 17 for Operation Iraqi Freedom. These missions included support to coalition troops, infrastructure protection, reconstruction activities, and operations to deter and disrupt terrorist activities, U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials said.
U.S. Air Force F-16s and U.S. Navy F/A-18s provided close air support to coalition troops near Iskandariyah, Hawija and Mosul.
Nine U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and Royal Australian Air Force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Iraq. U.S Air Force fighter aircraft also performed in a nontraditional ISR role with their electro-optical and infrared sensors.
(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq, Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq and U.S. Central Command Air Forces news releases.)