Coalition Forces Stymie, Respond to Ongoing Terrorist Attacks in Iraq
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Jul. 16, 2005 Task Force Liberty and Iraqi army soldiers stopped a potential terrorist attack when they confiscated a mortar system in a vehicle during a joint operation near Balad, Iraq, on July 15 at about 5:00 p.m.
Elsewhere in Iraq, though, terrorists continue to target and kill innocent Iraqis.
The joint operation in Balad occurred at a traffic control point. Soldiers reportedly found an 82 mm mortar tube, tripod, base plate, and breach cap in the back of a truck. These items were confiscated and the driver was detained and questioned at a coalition base, officials said.
Later that day, at around 7:00 p.m., Iraqi police and Task Force Baghdad soldiers responded to two more car-bomb attacks in southern Baghdad.
"This is another example of terrorists attacking innocent civilians," Task Force Baghdad spokesman Army Lt. Col. Clifford Kent said. "Terrorists who blow themselves up to deliberately destroy innocent life are not suicide bombers," he added. "They are killers. The Iraqi people know that these criminals have nothing positive to offer Iraq."
Joint security forces cordoned off the area within minutes of the blasts and began treating the wounded. Nineteen people were evacuated to a local hospital for treatment, and three Iraqi policemen and seven civilians were killed in the attack, officials said.
Just before 6:00 p.m. on the same day, four Task Force Baghdad soldiers sustained minor injuries from a remotely detonated car bomb. The soldiers reportedly were looking for terrorists who had fired on their patrol in Jihad, a southwest district of Baghdad, when the nearby car bomb was detonated.
Elsewhere in Iraq, six Iraqi policemen were killed and another 10 were injured when a suicide bomber detonated his device at a police station in Hammam al Alil, south of Mosul, today, officials said. The injured policemen were taken to a local hospital for treatment.
An Iraqi civilian also was killed today in Samarra, near Tikrit. He reportedly was caught in crossfire between terrorists and coalition forces.
Task Force Liberty soldiers said they were responding to a rocket-propelled-grenade attack and small-arms fire. The civilian was riding in a vehicle that had passed between them and the terrorists. One U.S. soldier was wounded in the attack. He was evacuated to a nearby coalition medical facility for treatment, officials said.
(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq and Task Force Baghdad news releases.)