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Marine Killed in Iraq IED Attack; Terrorists Captured

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 9, 2005 – A Marine assigned to Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), died Nov. 8 of wounds suffered when his vehicle was hit with an improvised explosive device near Camp Korean Village, Iraq, on Nov. 7.

The Marine's name is being withheld pending notification of the family.

In other news from Iraq, coalition and Iraqi forces have captured three suspected terrorists and killed two in recent operations in Iraq.

Coalition forces captured two terrorists and killed another during a raid on a terrorist safe house in the village of Rashidiyah, near Mosul.

Acting on multiple intelligence sources and tips from concerned citizens, coalition forces raided the Ansar al Sunna safe house, which appeared to be an operational base for the chief administrative and financial officer for the terrorist group. He has been directly linked to other high-level terrorists in the Mosul area and has reportedly coordinated terrorist attacks and other functions for al Qaeda and Ansar al Sunna, the two major terror groups in Mosul.

An armed terrorist fired on forces as they approached the safe house. Coalition forces returned fire, killing the terrorist. They then captured the other two.

Iraqi security forces also captured a terrorist suspected of roadside bombings Nov. 7. Another was killed Nov. 6.

Elements of the Iraqi 3rd Public Order Brigade discovered two terrorists emplacing a roadside bomb east of Salman Pak on Nov. 6. A firefight broke out, and one terrorist wanted by the brigade for connection to numerous roadside bombings in the past was killed. Another escaped.

Evidence discovered at the scene led the brigade to the dead terrorist's partner Nov. 7. He admitted his involvement in the attempted attack during the initial interrogation and is being processed by the Iraqi judicial system, officials said.

"The public order brigade has come a long way since it moved into Salman Pak earlier this year," said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Edward Chesney, deputy commander of coalition forces in eastern Baghdad. "They have improved their investigative technique and are doing everything they can to protect the people from terrorist attacks."

Elsewhere in Iraq, military officials announced the end of clearing operations in Husaybah Nov. 8. The operations were part of Operation Steel Curtain.

Other Steel Curtain operations continue for the fifth day as Iraqi soldiers and U.S. forces set conditions for a permanent security presence within the city. Patrols and targeted raids are also being conducted to root out any remaining al Qaeda-led insurgents.

These offensives, part of Operation Hunter, are designed to deny al Qaeda the ability to operate in the Euphrates River Valley and to establish a permanent security presence along the Syrian border.

Iraqi soldiers and U.S. Marines and soldiers continue to find roadside bombs, car bombs and weapons caches throughout Husaybah. Residents of the city evacuated to a vacant housing development are remaining in place until it is safe for them to return, officials said. Iraqi soldiers continue to provide security, food, water and medical care to about 900 residents temporarily displaced by the fighting.

In the skies over Iraq, coalition aircraft flew 58 close-air-support and armed-reconnaissance sorties Nov. 8 for Operation Iraqi Freedom. These missions included support to coalition troops, infrastructure protection, reconstruction activities, and operations to deter and disrupt terrorist activities. Coalition aircraft also supported Iraqi and coalition ground operations to create a secure environment for ongoing Transitional National Assembly meetings.

U.S. Air Force and Navy aircraft were employed to destroy weapons caches and insurgent safe houses, as well as disrupt insurgent activity. Air Force F-15s performed an air strike against an insurgent weapons cache near Karabala, expending a precision-guided munition. The F-16s also expended precision-guided munitions against insurgents near Balad.

Navy F-14s performed an air strike against a building used by insurgents near Husaybah, expending precision-guided munitions. Air Force F-16s also provided close-air support to coalition troops in contact with insurgents near Bayji.

Nine Air Force and Navy intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Iraq. U.S. Air Force and British Royal Air Force fighter aircraft also performed in a nontraditional ISR role with their electro-optical and infrared sensors.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq, Task Force Baghdad, and U.S. Central Command Air Forces Forward news releases.)

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