Four Soldiers Killed in Iraq in Recent Days
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Sept. 2, 2005 Four U.S. soldiers have been killed in three separate incidents in Iraq over the past several days, U.S. officials in Baghdad announced today.
Two Task Force Baghdad soldiers died after their patrol struck an improvised explosive device at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 1.
A soldier assigned to 155th Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), died from small-arms fire Aug. 31 near Iskandariyah.
Small-arms fire killed a Task Force Freedom soldier in Tal Afar on Aug. 29.
The soldiers' are being withheld pending notification of next of kin. No further details on these incidents were available.
In other news from Iraq, Iraqi forces have scored significant successes in recent days.
A patrol from the 4th Iraqi Army Division discovered a roadside bomb northwest of Balad on Aug. 31. The troops found the buried artillery round and detonating device along main supply route Tampa. An Iraqi explosive ordnance disposal team assessed and cleared the device.
Also in Aug. 31, Iraqi soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 1st Brigade, 1st Iraqi Intervention Force, in conjunction with U.S. Marines from the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines, discovered and disposed of a small weapons cache in Hit. The troops found five rocket-propelled grenades in a burlap sack in a local palm grove. The munitions later were destroyed in place.
No injuries or damages were reported in either of thee missions.
U.S. officials in Baghdad reported today that multinational forces captured a know terrorist near Hit on Aug. 23.
Shakir Ahmad Mahmud Khalifah, also known as Abu Saad or Abu Ali, is known to have helped members of the "Al-Ahwal Brigade" terrorist group build and employ car bombs in Hit, officials said.
"Saad controlled all facets of (vehicle-borne improvised explosive device) employment for the Al-Ahwal Brigade," stated a release from Multinational Force Iraq. "He procured vehicles and explosives; manufactured the VBIED; then planned, reconnoitered, and executed the VBIED operation. Additionally, he transported and sold weapons and explosives in the Hit area to local terrorists and terrorist groups. A VBIED was found in the process of being built at the raid location."
During the raid, multinational forces found more than 80 122 mm artillery rounds, 107 mm rockets, 120 mm and 82 mm mortars, and numerous fuses and other initiators. Additionally, hundreds of anti-aircraft rounds and 7.62 mm machine gun ammunition were discovered on the premises. All the munitions were destroyed on site by coalition forces.
(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq and Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq news releases.)