Coalition Forces kill 11 terrorists, detain four
Aug. 15, 2007
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition Forces killed 11 terrorists and detained four suspected terrorists during operations Wednesday targeting al-Qaeda operations in central and northern Iraq.
Coalition Forces continued to attack Baghdad’s car bombing network, targeting an individual who has attempted to coordinate carjackings and use the vehicles and drivers as suicide car bombers. As the assault force approached the target building, four armed men maneuvered to a position on a nearby rooftop. Coalition Forces, responding to the organized hostile group, engaged the men, killing all four. Inside an associated building, ground forces found a cache of weapons and terrorist media. During the engagement, the roof of the targeted building caught fire. Coalition Forces called Iraqi emergency crews, who responded to the scene and contained the fire.
North of Muqdadiyah, Coalition Forces raided a suspected safe house complex while targeting a foreigner who provides weapons to al-Qaeda in Iraq. As ground forces approached the targeted buildings, three men scrambled for their weapons. Responding appropriately, Coalition Forces engaged the three armed men, killing them. When the ground forces called the remaining people out of the building, one man resisted and made threatening movements toward the assault force. Coalition Forces, perceiving a hostile threat from the man who was part of an armed group, engaged the man in self-defense and killed him.
Three more armed men ran into a building in a nearby palm grove. Coalition Forces called in close air support to engage the maneuvering terrorists, and surveillance teams confirm three terrorists were killed in the strike. The building where they hid was destroyed.
Two individuals on the scene were detained for their suspected involvement in facilitating the movement of weapons to al-Qaeda in Iraq for terrorist activities.
Coalition Forces also raided three buildings in Kirkuk while hunting an al-Qaeda in Iraq leader known for extortion, kidnapping, weapons trafficking and directing car bombings. Ground forces detained two suspected terrorists during the operation.
“Whether al-Qaeda in Iraq is using Iraqis or foreigners to conduct their brutal attacks, we will target those criminals who terrorize the Iraqi people,” said Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, MNF-I spokesperson. “Our operations are degrading the ability of the terrorists to operate freely.”