Three Soldiers Killed in IED Attacks; Enemy Safe House Destroyed
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Sep. 6, 2005 Three U.S. soldiers were killed in improvised-explosive-device-attacks in two different areas of Iraq since Sept. 5, military officials reported.
Two Task Force Baghdad soldiers died when their vehicle rolled over after striking an IED around 10 a.m. today in central Baghdad. Two other soldiers were wounded in the terrorist attack. A Task Force Freedom soldier died when the vehicle he was in was struck by an IED in Tal Afar Sept. 5.
The names of the soldiers are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
Elsewhere, multinational forces detained three foreign fighters and killed two others during a raid on a foreign fighter safe house in the Karabilah area today.
As the multinational forces arrived at the location, foreign fighters occupying the safe house engaged the troops. The coalition forces returned fire and assaulted the building. One Multinational Force Iraq soldier was wounded.
After evacuating the wounded soldier to a local field hospital, the multinational forces called in coalition close air support to destroy the foreign fighter safe house, which was being used as an operational headquarters.
In other combat operations, at about 12:35 a.m. today, coalition forces conducted a limited air strike on small bridges known to be used by terrorists to move foreign fighters and equipment across the Euphrates River Valley to the larger cities of central Iraq.
The two targets were conventional bridges capable of handling light vehicle traffic and were located in the western Anbar province near Karabilah. The purpose of the strike was to prevent al Qaeda terrorists from using the structure for vehicular traffic to conduct attacks in the Anbar province. Iraqi citizens in western Anbar have experienced an increased level of violence at the hands of al Qaeda terrorists.
The munitions used in the strike were designed to "crater" the bridges, rendering them inoperable but not destroying them, officials said.
Marine Corps F/A-18D Hornets disabled the bridge using inert bombs filled with concrete. Initial bomb damage assessment indicates the strikes were successful. The air strike was conducted at a time and in such a manner to reduce the chance for any collateral damage.
In other news, Iraqi security forces supported by coalition forces conducted a joint search for known terrorists in Dali Abbas Sept. 5 and detained five suspects.
The operation also netted one 72 mm projectile, two rolls of detonation cord, 12 blasting caps, one rocket-propelled-grenade launcher, two RPG rounds, two AK-47 rifles, and nine 152 mm rounds.
In Hit, soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 1st Brigade, 1st Iraqi Intervention Force, in conjunction with the U.S. Marines from 3rd Battalion, 25the Marine Regiment, found and cleared two IEDs Sept. 5.
Iraqi explosive ordnance disposal personnel responded to each incident, assessed the situation and destroyed each device in place.
The first IED was found in a road median about 50 meters from a traffic circle. The device was concealed in a white burlap sack and was composed of an artillery projectile, battery and detonation cord packed into a metal container.
Later that day, an artillery projectile and a triggering component concealed in a white burlap sack were discovered in a different location.
Local witnesses reported seeing a military-aged man dropping off the second device earlier that day. No triggerman was identified in the area.
In other developments, soldiers from Task Force Freedom detained 11 terrorists Sept. 5 in a number of operations in northern Iraq.
Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment detained three individuals suspected of terrorist activity during a raid in northeastern Mosul.
Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment detained six individuals suspected of terrorist activity during another raid in western Mosul.
Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment detained two individuals suspected of terrorist activity during a cordon and search in southeastern Mosul.
In Tal Afar, soldiers from 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment killed three terrorists after receiving small-arms fire.
In Baghdad, a Task Force Baghdad unit was attacked with a car bomb at 11:15 a.m. Sept. 5. Four U.S. soldiers and one Iraqi interpreter were injured and were evacuated to a local military medical facility. Two of the soldiers were later returned to duty. Other Task Force Baghdad units arrived to secure the site of the car bomb, which contained about 30 pounds of explosives and was remotely detonated.
(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq, Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq, and Task Force Baghdad news releases.)