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U.S., Coalition Forces Kill, Capture Terrorists in Iraq

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 12, 2005 – U.S. and coalition forces today took down a suspected al Qaeda safe house and put an enemy mortar team out of commission during two separate raids in Iraq, according to U.S. military press releases.

U.S. 3rd Infantry Division, 3rd Brigade, soldiers captured a terrorist mortar team near Baqubah. The terrorists had set up their equipment when the U.S. soldiers encountered the enemy position, officials said.

The terrorists then directed rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire at the Americans, but the enemy detachment was quickly overwhelmed. Six terrorists were captured along with their mortar tube, six mortar rounds, the RPG launcher and four RPG rounds, officials said.

A seventh terrorist was killed in the exchange. No U.S. injuries were reported.

And, U.S. and coalition forces raided a suspected al Qaeda safe house located in the village of Qazwan, near Ramadi, Iraq. The dwelling was suspected of being a base of a senior al Qaeda in Iraq leader operating in the Ramadi area, officials said.

Four terrorists were killed and four others were detained during the raid. Two of the detainees were wounded while resisting capture. The wounded detainees were taken to a nearby coalition hospital for medical treatment and are expected to recover, officials reported.

Coalition forces had cordoned off the area before the raid and called in close-air support during the engagement.

(Information compiled from Multinational Force-Iraq press releases.)

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