U.S. Soldier Among Several Killed in Suicide Attacks
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, July 25, 2005 Suicide attacks in Iraq today killed a U.S. soldier and several Iraqis, including two Iraqi commandos and 10 civilians, military officials in Baghdad reported.
The U.S. soldier, assigned to Task Force Liberty of the 42nd Infantry Division out of New York, was killed when an improvised explosive device detonated near a combat patrol near Samarra in the Salah Ad Din province. The soldier's name is being withheld pending next of kin notification.
Meanwhile, 10 Iraqi civilians were killed and 10 others were wounded in a suicide car bomb attack today near a U.S. military compound in the Rusafa district east of Baghdad. The civilians were reporting to work for a company contracted by the U.S. military. Two buildings were damaged in the attack, and one of them partially collapsed, officials said. Iraqi security forces and Task Force Baghdad soldiers responded by securing the area and evacuating the injured to a hospital.
Also in Baghdad, two Iraqi soldiers were killed and 12 others were wounded today when Iraqi commandos fired on a vehicle at a Baghdad checkpoint near the Ministry of the Interior compound, forcing detonation of the explosives-laden vehicle. Three Iraqi civilians were among those wounded.
Maj. Alayne Conway, public affairs officer for 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, said it is unclear whether the compound or the checkpoint was the intended target, but that "either way, he failed to reach his target and killed himself."
"The commandos were protecting their own people," Conway said.
Iraqi police and coalition forces executed a joint cordon-and-search operation July 24 northwest of Tikrit in an effort to terrorists responsible for financing and manufacturing car bombs. Iraqi police and U.S. soldiers detained 12 suspects and confiscated a submachine gun, 13 fuses and two 57 mm air defense artillery rounds. An Iraqi explosive ordnance disposal team destroyed the rounds and fuses on site.
While on patrol through a local marketplace July 24, an Iraqi army soldier recognized and detained a suspected terrorist based on information from a "tip line" established by Iraqi security forces officials. He was taken to a nearby base for processing and further questioning.
Elsewhere, Iraqi and U.S. soldiers conducted a joint raid on three targeted areas in Mosul on July 24. They captured four suspected terrorists and took them to a coalition facility for further questioning.
In other news, soldiers from 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), detained one suspected terrorist and seized a weapons cache in northern Iraq July 23.
(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq, Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq and Task Force Baghdad news releases.)