Oct. 8, 2007
Press Release A071008a
Coalition forces target Special Groups member; five killed, three detained
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition forces killed five gunmen and detained three suspected Special Groups members early Monday in Eastern Baghdad during an operation conducted to assist in the local reconciliation efforts.
Coalition forces were targeting an individual reported to be a long-time Special Groups commander with close ties to numerous senior members of the organization. Intelligence reports also indicate he has ties to the current kidnapping network and is involved in directing recent explosively formed penetrator, or EFPs, and improvised explosive device attacks in the area.
Intelligence sources led the ground force to an area reported to be the location of the targeted individual. Upon arrival, the ground force received sustained small arms fire and, responding in self-defense, engaged the enemy, killing four gunmen and wounding three. In addition, three suspects were detained on-site without incident.
After departing from the target, the ground force observed one criminal attempting to emplace an IED. Coalition forces fired warning shots in attempt to cease the individual’s activity, but he refused to comply. Perceiving hostile intent, the ground force engaged, killing him.
“We continue to support the Government of Iraq in welcoming the commitment by Muqtada al-Sadr to stop attacks and we will continue to show restraint in dealing with those who honor his pledge. We will not show the same restraint against those criminals who dishonor this pledge by attacking security forces and Iraqi citizens,” said Maj. Winfield Danielson, MNF-I spokesman. “Coalition forces will take the necessary action against these criminals to protect the Iraqi people against future terrorist acts.”