Terrorists Killed, Captured in Ramadi; Iraqi Police Secure Attack Site
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 2005 Coalition forces killed two terrorists and captured six others today during a raid on an al Qaeda in Iraq safe house in Albu Bani near Ramadi, Iraq, military officials reported.
Iraqi police secure the site of a terrorist rocket attack Nov. 7 in eastern Baghdad. Army photo
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Acting on multiple intelligence sources and tips from concerned citizens, coalition forces converged on the terrorist safe house, which apparently was used as an operational base to plan and conduct attacks on Iraqi security and coalition forces in the Ramadi area, officials said.
Elsewhere, Iraqi police and members of a Task Force Baghdad military police unit responded to the scene of a terrorist rocket attack in eastern Baghdad Nov. 7. Three Iraqi citizens were killed and another was wounded when the 127 mm rocket detonated shortly before 4 p.m. Iraqi police secured the site and evacuated the wounded to a local hospital.
In other operations, a patrol operating near Logistics Support Area Anaconda, southeast of Balad, discovered six separate weapons caches after seeing an insurgent digging near a road Nov. 6.
The man spotted the patrol and tried to cover the hole and walk away, but the patrol was able to stop him and check the area he was digging in, finding three separate caches. The soldiers escorted the man to his home, where three more caches were found.
Among the items unearthed were more than 20 rocket-propelled grenades, four mortar rounds and two artillery shells.
The patrol called in an explosive ordinance disposal team, which destroyed the weapons in controlled detonations.
Acting on a tip from an Iraqi civilian, Task Force Baghdad soldiers discovered bomb-making materials Nov 6 in the backyard of an Abu Ghraib farmhouse.
The tip led soldiers from 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, to five possible terrorist safe houses. The search began around 6 a.m. At noon, the soldiers discovered cell phones and a video camera in a bucket buried behind the farmhouse.
This find led the unit to conduct a more extensive search of the area, which netted several more items intended for improvised explosive device construction.
The soldiers found a car battery, 10 cell phones with wires, four voltage regulators, one video camera, a ski mask, eight cell phones wired for IEDs, 15 feet of detonation cord, a washing machine timer, eight sticks of dynamite encased in rock plaster form, one 60 mm rocket, two 107 mm rockets, and plastic explosives.
In other Iraq news, soldiers from 1st Battalion, 184th Infantry Regiment, conducted a combat operation onto two river islands along the Tigris River Nov. 7. At the end of the day, the soldiers found a weapons cache that included 100 rounds of 12.7 mm ammunition, one 57 mm rocket launcher, a six-tube mortar launcher and one 60 mm mortar round.
During an earlier mission on the evening of Nov. 5, the soldiers detained three terror suspects in the town of Horajeb.
In the air war over Iraq, coalition aircraft flew 53 close-air support and armed-reconnaissance sorties Nov. 7 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 forces operations to create a secure environment for ongoing Transitional National Assembly meetings.
United States Air Force F-15s attacked a terrorist weapons cache near Ramadi. U.S. Navy F-14s and F/A-18s struck buildings used by terrorists as firing positions near Husaybah. Navy F/A-18s struck a building used by terrorists as a firing position near Mahmudiyah.
U.S. Air Force F-16s and F-15s provided close-air support to coalition troops in contact with terrorists near Husaybah.
In addition, seven U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Iraq. Also, U.S. Air Force fighter aircraft 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.)