Five Terror Suspects Captured; Iraqi Soldiers Discover Weapons Cache
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Aug. 28, 2005 Iraqi army soldiers and coalition forces planned a targeted raid in search of insurgents in Balad, Iraq, Aug. 27, according to a multinational forces report.
Soldiers with 3rd Battalion, 1st Brigade, 4th Iraqi Army Division, and elements of Task Force 5-7 concluded Operation War Paint Dakota, which led to the capture of five suspected insurgents. All five detainees were transported to a nearby forward operating base for questioning.
No injuries or damages were reported.
Elsewhere, Iraqi army soldiers assigned to the K-1 airfield in Kirkuk discovered a cache three kilometers northwest of Forward Operating Base Warrior Aug. 27.
The soldiers found 19 120 mm artillery rockets, four Katusha rockets and one mortar tube. The munitions were transported to K-1 airfield.
In other Iraq news, multinational forces from Task Force Freedom detained 18 suspected terrorists and seized a weapons cache in Mosul Aug. 27 and today.
Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, detained one individual during a raid in central Mosul. Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, detained four individuals suspected of terrorist activity in separate operations in southern Mosul Aug. 27.
Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment detained an individual suspected of terrorist activity during a cordon-and-search operation in eastern Mosul. Soldiers from 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, detained an individual suspected of terrorist activity in northern Mosul today.
Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 8th Field Artillery detained nine individuals suspected of terrorist activity during operations in Mulhallabiyah Aug. 27. Soldiers from 2-8 FA also discovered a weapons cache consisting of rocket-propelled-grenade-launchers, 20 rocket-propelled grenades, six improvised-explosive-device detonators, mortar systems, an anti-tank mine, 20 hand grenades with 100 fuses, and ammunition.
Soldiers from 1st Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, detained two individuals suspected of terrorist activity and seized a weapon cache south of Baranah today. The suspects are in custody, and soldiers confiscated the weapons for future destruction.
In other combat operations, Iraqi army soldiers and coalition forces conducted a targeted raid against an insurgent assassination cell suspected of planning attacks on government officials in KhalisAug. 26.
Soldiers with the 1st Brigade, 5th Iraqi Army Division, and elements of Task Force 2-69 quickly cleared their two objectives. Soldiers detained 11 suspected insurgents and transported them to a secure facility for questioning. In Hit Iraqi army soldiers and coalition forces conducting a dismounted patrol responded to the scene of an improvised-explosive-device detonation and searched the area, capturing two wounded insurgents Aug. 26.
Soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 1st Brigade, 1st Iraqi Intervention Force, and U.S. Marines with 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines, searched the immediate area of the explosion and found two injured insurgents suspected of being the triggermen. The suspects were in possession of three AK-47 automatic rifles and one 12-volt battery. Both suspects tested positive for gunpowder residue.
The suspects were transported to a nearby aid station and later transferred to a hospital for treatment.
Elsewhere, Iraqi army soldiers on security patrols in Mosul and Hit located and cleared improvised explosive devices Aug. 26.
Soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 1st Brigade, 1st Iraqi Intervention Force and elements of 3/25 U.S. Marines found an IED in an alley near a roadway in Hit. The IED consisted of a 155 mm projectile and a motorcycle battery enclosed in a white bag, leaning up against a wall. Wires were visible extending from the bag out into the alley. Soldiers secured the area until an explosive ordnance disposal team arrived to destroy the device.
In Mosul, soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 1st Brigade, 2nd Iraqi Army Division discovered an IED and cordoned the area. EOD reduced the 122 mm round without incident. In other developments, multinational forces raided a suspected terrorist hideout in Ramadi Aug. 23 and captured a pair of known terrorists.
Captured were Durayd Jassar Khalifah Hamud, also known as Abu Jabbar, a known terrorist leader and weapons dealer; and Ali Husayn Muhammad Jasim, also known as Khalid Nazal or Abu Umar, a known IED cell leader.
Multiple intelligence sources led multinational forces to Abu Jabbar's and Khalid Nazal's Ramadi location. Multinational forces raided the location and detained them without incident.
In the air war over Iraq, coalition aircraft flew 52 close-air-support and armed-reconnaissance sorties Aug. 27 for Operation Iraqi Freedom. These missions included support to coalition troops, infrastructure protection, reconstruction activities, and operations to deter and disrupt terrorist activities.
U.S. Air Force F-16s flew a pre-planned air strike in the vicinity of Baquba, expending two GBU-38s against an improvised explosive device staging site used by anti-Iraqi forces.
Other U.S. Air Force F-16s and a Predator and British Royal Air Force GR-4s provided close air support to coalition troops in the vicinities of Maqdadiyah and Qaim.
Ten U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Iraq.
(Compiled from Multinational Force Northwest, Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq, Multinational Force Iraq, and U.S. Central Command Air Forces Forward news releases.)