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Two Soldiers Killed by IED, One Dies in Accident

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, July 28, 2005 – Two Task Force Baghdad soldiers were killed July 27 when their patrol struck an improvised explosive device in northern Baghdad, military officials in Baghdad announced today.

One other soldier was wounded in the terrorist attack, officials said. No report was available on the wounded soldier's condition.

A soldier assigned to the 30th Naval Construction Regiment died as the result of a vehicle accident July 27 at Camp Taqaddum, Iraq, officials said. The 30th Naval Construction Regiment is assigned to 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The soldiers' names are being withheld, pending next-of-kin notification.

Iraqi Public Order Brigade officers manning a traffic-control checkpoint shot and killed a car bomber July 27 before he could his objective. Officers with the 3rd Battalion, 4th Public Order Brigade, managed to destroy the vehicle before it closed on their position in the Al Soweib area of Baghdad. Once they identified the threat, officers fired their weapons, killing the driver and causing an early detonation. Despite what military officials called "the valiant efforts of the POB officers," three people were wounded in the explosion.

Baghdad police arrested two suspected terrorists and confiscated weapons and explosives July 27. While conducting a routine traffic stop, police found six hand grenades, night-vision goggles, three AK-47 assault rifles and an undisclosed amount and type of explosives.

Public Order Brigade elements conducted a cordon-and-search operation in the Al Dorah area, resulting in the arrest of 58 suspected terrorists, and Iraqi army soldiers on patrol located a collection of unexploded ordnance in a field 22 kilometers northwest of Tuz on July 27.

Soldiers with 3rd Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 4th Iraqi Army Division, found six Russian 122 mm projectiles on the ground in the middle of a field. The ordnance appeared to have been exposed to the elements rather than having been cached. The munitions were transported to a forward operating base for disposal.

Task Force Freedom soldiers detained 29 suspected terrorists during operations in northern Iraq July 27 and today:

  • Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, detained 11 people suspected of terrorist activity during four separate operations in Mosul over the two days.
  • Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, detained 10 suspected terrorists during two cordon-and-search operations in Mosul today, while soldiers from 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, detained seven people during three separate operations in Rawah.
  • Soldiers from 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, detained one individual suspected of terrorist activity during a cordon-and-search operation in Tal Afar July 27.
Thanks to tips from local residents, a Task Force Baghdad unit located a large weapons cache north of Baghdad July 22, officials reported today.

When the soldiers of Task Force 1st Battalion, 118th Field Artillery Regiment, assigned to 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, unearthed the munitions, they were approached by two local residents who led them to more buried weapons.

To date, the task force's soldiers have unearthed more than 1,000 items of various munitions such as heavy machine-gun ammunition, rockets and large artillery shells. Explosive ordnance disposal soldiers destroyed the munitions. The 3rd Brigade continues to search and excavate the area.

"This is a great find," said Col. David Bishop, 3rd Brigade commander. "It shows how the Iraqis continue to tire of terrorist activity in their neighborhoods."

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq, Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq and Task Force Baghdad news releases.)

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