Forces Capture Terrorists, Discover Weapons Caches in Iraq
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Apr. 11, 2007 Coalition and Iraqi forces continued to engage suspected terrorists in multiple operations throughout Iraq using ground forces and aircraft over the past several days, military officials reported.
Coalition forces captured five suspected terrorists, including the suspected al-Qaeda in Iraq security emir of the Arab Jabour area, during an operation this morning in Baghdad, military officials said.
Intelligence reports indicate that the security emir is suspected of involvement in planning attacks against Iraqi and coalition forces in the Arab Jabour area.
Officials said forces found several small arms at the targeted area, and these weapons were destroyed to prevent future use by terrorists.
During operations yesterday, a Multinational Division - Baghdad helicopter engaged insurgents with machine gun fire after positively identifying them during a small arms attack on MND-B troops and aircraft in the Rusafa security district in central Baghdad.
Soldiers from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, teamed up with their 9th Iraqi Army counterparts to conduct a routine cordon and search operation in Rusafa when they quickly came under small arms fire in the al-Fadhil area in central Baghdad, military officials said.
Aviation assets quickly responded to units in contact. Attack helicopters targeted by small arms fire suffered minor damage, returned to base and then continued with their missions.
Combined forces on the ground continued to work with attack aviation assets throughout the day to locate, identify, and engage and kill three insurgents targeting coalition and Iraqi security forces in the area.
As a result of this small arms fire incident, one child was injured, four Iraqi Army soldiers killed and two wounded. Sixteen MND-B soldiers were also wounded in the attack.
In other operations yesterday, coalition forces killed one terrorist and detained three suspects with alleged involvement in al Qaeda and foreign fighter facilitation south of Haditha.
As coalition forces entered a targeted building, they instructed the occupants to put their hands up. One man, who initially complied with instructions, rushed and tackled a coalition forces member and attempted to grab his weapon. The coalition troop used self-defense measures killing the terrorist. The remaining suspects surrendered without incident.
Coalition forces also detained nine suspects with ties to al Qaeda courier operations in Baghdad yesterday, military officials report.
A five-day operation in Arab Jabour wrapped up yesterday morning after coalition forces killed one terrorist, detained 13 others and destroyed several weapons caches
Forces discovered numerous rocket-propelled grenades and launchers, several improvised explosive devices, thousands of anti-aircraft ammunition rounds and three buildings containing large amounts of IED-making materials in the weapons caches found. The weapons caches were destroyed on site to prevent future use by terrorists.
"Coalition forces continue to take apart the al Qaeda network inside Iraq. This operation is a concerted effort to reduce this (vehicle-borne improvised explosive device) terrorist network's ability to operate," Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, Multinational Force Iraq spokesman, said.
Elsewhere in Iraq, officials report that a coalition helicopter engaged insurgents with machine gun and missile fire after positively identifying them following an attack on MND-B troops south of Baghdad April 8.
According to officials, paratroopers from Battery B, 2nd Battalion, 377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment, observed six insurgents personnel carrying weapons northeast of Mahmudiyah, Iraq. The insurgents engaged the paratroopers and a convoy of trucks on a nearby highway with gun fire.
The insurgents fled to a nearby house after engaging the paratroopers, and an attack helicopter was called in for assistance. After positive identification of the insurgents, the helicopter fired on the house.
Five insurgents were seen fleeing the house, and the attack helicopter engaged them again. Following the attack, paratroopers on the ground searched the house and the surrounding grounds, finding three insurgent trucks destroyed.
One individual was detained near the house. He reported that possibly five insurgents had been killed and three more wounded, officials said, the detainee was held for further questioning.
(Compiled from Multinational Corps Iraq and Multinational Forces Iraq news releases.)