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Insurgents Caught After Attack on U.S. Embassy in Iraq

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 30, 2005 – Multinational forces caught seven insurgents believed responsible for the rocket attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq, on Jan. 29.

News reports showed video from an airborne military camera of men fleeing the scene of the rocket launch. They were tracked to a residence in southeastern Baghdad, where Task Force Baghdad ground troops detained them about an hour after the attack.

Two Americans were killed and five wounded when the rocket hit a building connected to the Embassy Annex in the city's heavily secured International Zone. One fatality was a servicemember and the other a civilian, according to an Embassy spokesman, who also said none of the injuries is life threatening.

"This was a great example of quick reaction on the part of some superb cavalry troopers," said Brig. Gen. Michael Jones, assistant division commander for the 1st Cavalry Division and Task Force Baghdad. "It's one more example to the insurgents that Iraqi and multinational forces will hunt down those responsible for these acts of terrorism."

Another U.S servicemember, assigned to 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, was killed in action today while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Anbar province.

The names of all deceased were being withheld until next of kin are notified.

In other news, three men wielding AK-47 assault rifles launched a pre-dawn attack on Iraqi army troops manning a checkpoint south of Baghdad today. When the attackers fled the scene, the Iraqi soldiers chased down and captured two of them and confiscated three AK-47s. The third man escaped, officials noted.

In northern Babil province, Iraqi police officers detained one man acting suspiciously near a polling station for today's nationwide elections.

In Kirkuk today, members of Task Force Danger and Iraqi security forces detained five men in a series of raids. The detainees were suspected of emplacing improvised explosive devices, weapons trafficking and kidnapping. The forces seized weapons, ammunition and propaganda in the raids.

Meanwhile, U.S. soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, were hit by a roadside bomb while patrolling southeast of Mosul today. However, they caught and detained nine individuals suspected of being involved with the attack.

Insurgents launched mortar, grenade and machine-gun attacks Jan. 29 against police stations, polling places and checkpoints in Hilla, Abu Mustafa and Al Mashru. No multinational or Iraqi forces were killed or wounded.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)

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