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Command Changes in Northwest Iraq; Soldiers Kill Attackers

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 30, 2005 – Coalition forces today transferred command of northwest Iraq, and U.S. troops killed two terrorists Dec. 28, Multinational Force Iraq officials reported today.

Command of northwest Iraq transferred from Task Force Freedom to Task Force Band of Brothers during a ceremony in Mosul. The transfer consolidates operational areas into a single multinational division under the command of Task Force Band of Brothers, military officials said.

With its new command responsibilities, Task Force Band of Brothers includes the 1st and 3rd Brigade Combat Teams from the 101st Airborne Division, 1st and 3rd Brigade Combat Teams from the 3rd Infantry Division, the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, and the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team.

In the Dec. 28 incident near Dawr, troops from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, killed two terrorists and recovered weapons following a "drive-by" attack, military officials said.

The terrorists opened fire on the soldiers from a moving vehicle. The soldiers returned fire, killing both attackers and disabling the vehicle. A search of the vehicle turned up homemade bombs, mortar rounds, AK-47 assault rifles and ammunition, a rocket-propelled grenade launcher with four rounds, a machine gun, 9 mm pistols and hand grenades.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)

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