Marine Killed in Iraq; 28 Suspected Terrorists Captured
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Aug. 4, 2005 A U.S. Marine assigned to 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), was killed in action Aug. 3 by small-arms fire during combat operations in Ramadi, Iraq, about 60 miles west of Baghdad, U.S. military officials at Camp Fallujah reported today.
The Marine's name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
Elsewhere in Iraq, multinational forces from Task Force Freedom detained 28 suspected terrorists Aug. 3 and today. The task force also responded to an attack against Iraqi police in northern Iraq, killing the attackers, according to military officials in Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, about 240 miles north of Baghdad.
Soldiers from 1st Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, from Fort Carson, Colo., today detained 15 suspected terrorists during a cordon-and-search operation northwest of Tal Afar, which is near the Syrian border. On Aug. 3, soldiers from the regiment killed an unreported number of terrorists who were attacking Iraqi police in Tal Afar. No American soldiers were injured during the attack, officials noted.
Also on Aug. 3, soldiers from 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, detained four suspected terrorists after an improvised explosive device attack on their patrol in eastern Mosul.
Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, detained four suspected terrorists during two separate operations in Rawah and Mosul. Soldiers from 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, detained three more suspected terrorists at a checkpoint near Rawah. Soldiers from 4th Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, detained two suspected terrorists while patrolling near the Syrian border.
In other news, Iraqi army soldiers established "flash" traffic control points at several different locations Aug. 3 to identify anti-Iraq forces, U.S. officials said. Soldiers with the 3rd Iraqi Army Division manned at least four different temporary checkpoints along a major route in the area, detaining 11 suspected insurgents. The detainees were transported to the Iraqi army's 3rd Division headquarters.
(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq and Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq news releases.)