Coalition Launches Investigation Into Death During Raid
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, June 11, 2004 Coalition officials are investigating a May 17 incident in which a U.S. soldier shot and killed an Iraqi man during a raid in Baghdad, Multinational Force Iraq officials announced today in a news release.
The Iraqi reportedly was an anti-coalition-forces operative who bragged to his neighbors about murdering a 1st Cavalry Division soldier at a checkpoint. This information led to a raid by coalition forces, which went to the Iraqi's residence in Baghdad's Kamalaya neighborhood, the release said.
During the raid, the man reportedly tried to grab the weapon of a U.S. soldier, who shot and killed him.
"The details surrounding the shooting are under investigation," the release continued. "Until the investigation is complete, it would be inappropriate to comment further."
Other news releases from Multinational Force Iraq provided information on recent events:
A Task Force Baghdad soldier died of wounds as a result of a coordinated attack on coalition forces in eastern Baghdad that took place around 10:30 p.m. June 9. Four other soldiers were also wounded in the attack.
Soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division detained eight people stealing munitions from an ammunition storage point near Dwar on June 8. The soldiers confiscated 170 mortar rounds loaded into three vehicles and took them to a coalition facility for destruction. The suspects were taken to a coalition detention facility for questioning.
Two bodyguards of a Rashid District Advisory Council member died June 8 in a small-arms attack by anti-Iraqi forces. The council member was wounded during the incident. A Task Force Baghdad patrol found the council member's disabled vehicle and provided immediate medical assistance. The council member was taken to a local hospital with wounds to the leg, shoulder and chest. He was reported to be in serious, but stable condition.
A Task Force Baghdad spokesman condemned the attack on the council member. "Insurgents continue in their attempts to disrupt the move toward this nation's sovereignty," said Lt. Col. James Hutton, the 1st Cavalry Division public affairs officer. "This action will not deter the Iraqi people."
Soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team recently delivered four truckloads of supplies valued at more than $23,000 to the Al-Eilaf girls high school in Baghdad. The supplies included computers, a refrigerator, televisions and nearly 1,000 square feet of new carpeting. Funding was arranged through the Neighborhood Advisory Council and the Coalition Provisional Authority. "This is something very good for the students," said Abeer Saeed Rashid, the school's physical education teacher. "We were suffering. In the ex-regime, schools were supplied with nothing for 25 years."
Marine civil affairs teams recently visited towns in Iraq's Anbar province to continue progress on several quality-of-life initiatives. In Kharma, Marines paid $7,000 on a $32,000 contract to build a youth center. So far, paid on $27,000 has been paid on the contract. Civil affairs teams in Khalidiyah discussed construction of a new health clinic with city officials. An Iraqi doctor has stepped forward to volunteer at the clinic.