News from CENTCOM the past couple days


Much is going on over in Iraq though you’d never know it from the media reports. Let’s take a look at the CENTCOM reports for the past couple days:

Title:
OP ARROWHEAD RIPPER UPDATE: TROOPS CONTINUE TO CLEAR BAQOUBA, DELIVER FOOD TO LOCALS
Release Date:
6/28/2007
Release Number:
07-01-03P
Description:
BAQOUBA, Iraq – Iraqi Security Forces and Task Force Lightning Soldiers continued clearing and securing Baqouba, while providing humanitarian aid to citizens there June 27 as Operation Arrowhead Ripper entered its ninth day.
Since the beginning of the operation, ISF and Coalition Forces have provided approximately 265,000 pounds of rice and flour to residents of Baqouba and handed out over 10,000 vegetarian humanitarian rations, and thousands of bottles of water.
Additionally, since Operation Arrowhead Ripper began, at least 60 al-Qaida operatives have been killed, 74 have been detained, 31 weapons caches have been discovered, 81 improvised explosive devices have been destroyed and 18 booby-trapped structures have been destroyed.FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT MULTI-NATIONAL DIVISION – NORTH AT: TFLIGHTNING.PAO@US.ARMY.MIL

Great job guys, keep it up! The enemy tortures and kills fellow Muslims. The Coalition brings them food and water!

Title:
SUSPECTED SECRET CELL TERRORIST DETAINED BY COALITION FORCES
Release Date:
6/29/2007
Release Number:
07-01-03P
Description:
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition Forces detained one suspected Secret Cell terrorist before dawn on Friday in Sadr City. It is believed that the suspected terrorist has close ties to Iranian terror networks.No shots were fired when Coalition Forces conducted a precision raid to capture or kill terrorists suspected of facilitating the flow of lethal aide into Iraq. Intelligence reports indicate that the suspected terrorist targeted during the raid is associated with key leaders in the secret cell terrorist network and has ties to Iran. It is also believed that the suspected terrorist is responsible for numerous attacks on Iraqi civilians as well as Iraqi and Coalition Forces in Baghdad. The individual is also suspected of recruiting Iraqis to fill the ranks of Iranian terror groups operating in Iraq.“Coalition troops continue to target the terrorists who bring explosively formed penetrators and other aid into Iraq,” said Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, MNF-I spokesperson. “We remain committed to dismantling terror networks that seek to kill innocent Iraqis and Coalition Forces.”
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT THE COMBINED PRESS INFORMATION CENTER AT: MNFIPRESSDESK@IRAQ.CENTCOM.MIL.
FOR THIS PRESS RELEASE AND OTHERS VISIT WWW.MNF-IRAQ.COM.

Of course Iran will put their own spin on this. The American and Coalition forces have to be lying about this. Iran will categorically deny any truth behind this report! Right!!

Title:
3 TERRORISTS KILLED, 26 SUSPECTS DETAINED IN COALITION RAIDS
Release Date:
6/29/2007
Release Number:
07-01-03P
Description:
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition Forces killed three terrorists and detained 26 suspected terrorists; during operations Friday targeting al-Qaeda in Iraq senior leaders and bombing networks.East of Fallujah, Coalition Forces continued operations to disrupt the al-Qaeda in Iraq senior leader network during a raid on several buildings east of Fallujah. As they approached the target, the ground forces saw a man holding a grenade. In response to the hostile threat, Coalition Forces took appropriate self-defense measures and engaged the armed man, killing him.As the ground forces moved to the next building, they encountered a man wearing a suicide vest. Coalition Forces responded appropriately to the hostile threat and engaged the man in self-defense, killing him. Another man associated with the terrorist in the suicide vest ran outside into a patch of reeds. After the man repeatedly ignored a translator’s instructions to come out, ground forces took appropriate self-defense measures and engaged the man, killing him.The ground forces detained 16 suspected terrorists on the scene for their alleged ties to a top-level al-Qaeda in Iraq leader who operates in the area.Also in Anbar province, Coalition Forces raided two buildings northeast of Karmah where they suspected terrorists were staying. The ground forces captured four individuals at the scene, including one man who allegedly has ties to a senior al-Qaeda leader who was killed during a May 1 Coalition operation.Just south of Baghdad, Coalition Forces raided a building in search of a suspected gatekeeper for a leader in the Baghdad vehicle-borne improvised explosive device network. During a search of the building, the ground forces detained two suspected terrorists and moved to a second building where they found and captured the suspected gatekeeper.Coalition Forces MNFIPRESSDESK@IRAQ.CENTCOM.MIL.
FOR THIS PRESS RELEASE AND OTHERS VISIT WWW.MNF-IRAQ.COM.

The Al-Qaeda in Iraq has to be really hurting now in the leadership ranks. It will be about time for another of those “infamous” Al-Qaeda videos!!

Title:
CLEARING CONTINUES: DRAGONS INTERDICT IEDS, CAPTURE IRANIAN ROCKET MATERIALS
Release Date:
6/29/2007
Release Number:
07-01-03P
Description:
BAGHDAD — Multi-National Division – Baghdad troops, all members of the 4th “Dragons” Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, found a cache of Iranian-made rocket materials, stopped the emplacement of an improvised explosive device and detained numerous suspected terrorists during operations in the Rashid District June 27-28.On June 27, the “Black Lions” of Company A, 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment, found a cache of Iranian-made rocket parts in Aamel.The cache consisted of several empty 107mm cases with the same lot numbers as those seized June 17, one rocket launcher, materials to build more than 50 launchers, 13 60mm mortar rounds, one 81mm mortar, rocket-propelled grenades, a large quantity of homemade and plastic explosives, a bag of shotgun shells, two bags of loose 7.62 rounds, one light anti-tank weapon, three assault rifles, one optical sight and an assortment of initiators and grenades.
Also on June 27, troops from the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Brigade, currently operating in the Rashid District under the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, witnessed a suspicious person digging a hole in an area where IEDs have been previously placed. The troops opened fire. The digger and two other individuals supervising nearby were injured.The individual digging the hole was a teenager. He was taken to a Coalition medical facility for treatment. All three suspects were detained for further questioning.Also that day, members of 1st Bn., 18th Inf. Regt., detained four more suspects.In operations June 28, MND-B troops killed three insurgents, wounding two and detained 10 suspects.In Risalah, a patrol from 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment “Vanguards” began to take fire from two machine guns. The patrol returned fire, killing both insurgents and confiscating their PKC machine guns.During that same operation, the Vanguards captured an alleged IED cell member with known connections to Jaish Al-Mahdi>/font> leaders.A -few hours later, an insurgent was killed and three Iraqis wounded when three teenagers tried to breach a checkpoint on a tractor. When the three were stopped and tried to flee one raised an AK-47 and MND-B troops opened fire killing the gunman. The two others were not targeted, but were hit by stray rounds. A girl was hit by a ricochet round, treated for her injuries at the scene and was released.Also on June 28, Soldiers of 1st Bn., 38th Infantry detained six suspected terrorists, one of them believed to be a financier of a local terrorist cell.

FOR QUERIES, CONTACT MULT-NATIONAL DIVISION – BAGHDAD PUBLIC AFFAIRS, MNDB_PAO_CIC@MND-B.ARMY.MIL OR BY PHONE AT COMMERCIAL (914) 822-8174 OR IRAQNA 011-964-890-192-4674.

Again, Iran can voice its conspiracy theories about the “infidels!” Meanwhile it seems Al-Qaeda now has started using children to do its fighting! Sadly for the children, that has to be a sign of wanning strength of Al-Qaeda in Iraq.

Title:
POLICE RECRUITING IN NASIR WA SALAM, ABU GHRAIB A ‘RESOUNDING SUCCESS’
Release Date:
6/29/2007
Release Number:
07-01-03P
Description:
BAGHDAD — Hundreds of volunteers from area tribes, willing to fight against Al Qaeda, turned out for a screening to become Iraqi Police candidates in Baghdad’s Nasir Wa Salam and Abu Ghraib neighborhoods starting June 25.The three-day recruiting drive by the Ministry of Interior saw more than 600 men participate. During the recruiting drive, potential candidates were screened for identification, health, and fitness.“The first day was a resounding success,” said Lt. Col. Peter Andrysiak, deputy commander for 1st “Ironhorse” Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. “The large turn out was not entirely unexpected. We have been working with reconcilable tribal leaders and the government of Iraq to make this happen.”Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment assisted the identification screening process while workers from the Ministry of Interior conducted the heath and fitness screening to determine the candidate’s eligibility for work as Iraqi Security Forces.“The additional police presence in the area will allow us to focus our Soldiers more on key insurgent leaders and individual insurgent cells,” Andrysiak said. “This recruitment drive is a success because the tribes in this area want to reconcile their differences with the Coalition and the Iraqi government and participate in the legitimate legal process.”In a few weeks, the Ministry of Interior is expected to select 1,700 candidates from area volunteers to begin training as Iraqi Police.FOR QUERIES, CONTACT MULT-NATIONAL DIVISION – BAGHDAD PUBLIC AFFAIRS, MNDB_PAO_CIC@MND-B.ARMY.MIL OR BY PHONE AT COMMERCIAL (914) 822-8174 OR IRAQNA 011-964-890-192-4674.

This is a really awesome turn around in that area. It would seem that the ideas of building bridges with the tribal leaders expressed by General Petreaus is beginning to pay off. I know the Iraqi Government has issues with arming tribal clans. However, it would seem no one can deny the invaluable Intel and aide cooperation of these various tribes in the region. Maybe it is time for the Iraqi Government to do a little soul searching over their motives for their issues here without doing some further fence mending of their own!

Title:
BOMB-MAKING MATERIALS, WEAPONS SEIZED FROM TWO RASHID DISTRICT MOSQUES
Release Date:
6/29/2007
Release Number:
07-01-03P
Description:
BAGHDAD — Iraqi Security Forces and Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers entered two mosques in the Rashid District of the Iraqi capital June 27-28 and uncovered two weapons caches.
Early in the morning June 27, Company A, 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, and Iraqi Security Forces entered the Al Mahada Mosque in the Saydiyah portion of the city and found eight AK-47s with 40 magazines and body armor.
On June 28, the same company
entered Al-Sadiq Mosque in the same neighborhood and found six AK-47s and one bag of hand grenades buried in the courtyard.
Inside the mosque, they found one PKM machine gun, one PKC machine gun, one drum of PKM ammunition, 22 assault rifle magazines, one expended rocket-propelled grenade booster, seven demolition boosters, 30 feet of detonation cord, one stick of dynamite, two RPG warheads, 10 blocks of TNT, one 122mm mortar round, one sniper scope, three RPG fins, 14 blasting caps, more than 500 loose 7.62mm rounds, six pressure switches, six timers, 12 9-volt batteries, one 6-volt battery and assorted communications devices.The cache, enough to build numerous roadside bombs, was destroyed by an explosive ordnance disposal unit
.
Under Iraqi law, citizens are allowed one assault rifle and one 30-round magazine for protection.
FOR QUERIES, CONTACT MULT-NATIONAL DIVISION – BAGHDAD PUBLIC AFFAIRS, MNDB_PAO_CIC@MND-B.ARMY.MIL OR BY PHONE AT COMMERCIAL (914) 822-8174 OR IRAQNA 011-964-890-192-4674.

Wow, that was some stash of weaponry in that second Mosque! Whatever happened to the “religion of peace?”

Title:
TROOPS NAB CACHES, INSURGENTS IN THREE SEPARATE EAST BAGHDAD OPERATIONS
Release Date:
6/29/2007
Release Number:
07-01-03P
Description:
FORWARD OPERATING BASE LOYALTY, Iraq — Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers recovered three caches and seized five suspected insurgents in three separate incidents in eastern Baghdad June 26.Soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team found two rocket-propelled grenades, three rocket-propelled grenade motors, one drum of ammunition and one spool of wire in New Baghdad thanks to tip from residents. Two suspects were also detained in the operation.A second raid in New Baghdad netted 2-16th Infantry Soldiers one pistol, one air rifle and three more insurgent suspects.A third operation, conducted by Soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, uncovered a weapons cache in Baghdad’s Rusafa District. The troops there recovered a cache containing two AK-47 assault rifles, two machine guns, one armor vest and four grenades.
FOR QUERIES, CONTACT MULT-NATIONAL DIVISION – BAGHDAD PUBLIC AFFAIRS, MNDB_PAO_CIC@MND-B.ARMY.MIL OR BY PHONE AT COMMERCIAL (914) 822-8174 OR IRAQNA 011-964-890-192-4674.

There seems to be no end to the supplies of weapons these terrorists have on hand!

Title:
NORTH BABIL’S POLICE GRADUATES, READY FOR ERU TRAINING
Release Date:
6/29/2007
Release Number:
07-01-03P
Description:
AL HILLA, Iraq — Eight hundred Iraqi Policemen graduated from basic training today.
These 800 policemen were selected to attend the emergency response unit training and will add to the quality and adaptability of the north Babil police force. An ERU is a special Iraqi Police unit, working directly for the commander of the Babil province police, which is able to respond to any situation at a moment’s notice in the northern Babil province area.
The graduates will attend a six-week training course which will cover a variety of skills including weapons training and emergency medical care. The units will be located in Haswah, Bahbahhani, Eskan, Iskandariyah, and Musayyib.
Covering a range of special skills from weapons training, to providing emergency medical care, the ERU will become a much needed and flexible force in North Babil capable of reacting to any situation that may arise.FOR QUERIES, CONTACT THE MULTI-NATIONAL DIVISION – CENTER PUBLIC AFFAIRS AT MND-CENTER_PAO@IRAQ.CENTCOM.MIL OR BY PHONE AT DSN 318-822-7482 OR COMMERCIAL 912-767-4114.

This is a sizable emergency force!

Title:
INSURGENTS LAUNCH MORTARS AT EAST BAGHDAD MARKET
Release Date:
6/29/2007
Release Number:
07-01-03P
Description:
FORWARD OPERATING BASE LOYALTY, Iraq — Sixteen Iraqis were wounded when insurgents launched mortar rounds into the Al Shurja Market in the Rusafa District of eastern Baghdad June 28.At approximately 7:50 a.m., four 60mm rounds hit the marketplace, with two of them detonating. Soldiers with the Company C, 1st Battalion, 504th Infantry Regiment of the 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, along with troops from the 4th Brigade, 1st Iraqi Army Division, rushed to the scene to seal off the area.Iraqi emergency services personnel transported the more seriously wounded to Medical City for treatment.“We went out there to verify that it happened,” said Capt. Bryan Dodd, commander of Co. C. “The wounded had already been evacuated by the Iraqis.”No deaths resulted from the attack on the marketplace, which recently had been fortified with T-wall barriers to lessen the impact of any attack. Coalition and and Iraqi Security Forces have also launched clearing operations in the area to root out anti-Iraqi forces in an attempt to reduce sectarian violence and provide greater safety and security.The clearing operations and raids have paid dividends, according to Dodd, a native of Raeford, N.C. “The amount of shoppers and businesses continues to grow every day,” he said, referring to the Al Shurja Market. “When we first took over, there were only four of five stores open. Now it’s shoulder-to-shoulder out there.”FOR QUERIES, CONTACT MULT-NATIONAL DIVISION – BAGHDAD PUBLIC AFFAIRS, MNDB_PAO_CIC@MND-B.ARMY.MIL OR BY PHONE AT COMMERCIAL (914) 822-8174 OR IRAQNA 011-964-890-192-4674.

What a bunch of cowards these terrorists really are. They are best at killing the innocent or hiding behind them. They lack the “family jewels” for fighting out in the open, soldier to soldier!

 
Title:
LOCAL TIP LEADS COALITION FORCES TO MASS GRAVE
Release Date:
6/30/2007
Release Number:
07-01-03P
Description:
CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq – A local Iraqi citizen’s tip led Coalition Forces to the site of a mass grave late Friday evening outside Ferris, approximately 35 kilometers south of Fallujah.
Coalition Forces uncovered 35 to 40 bodies at the site. The remains were bound and had gunshot wounds.
This incident is currently under investigation
.FOR MORE INFORMATION OR FOR HIGH-RES PHOTOS, CONTACT MULTINATIONAL FORCE
– WEST, PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER BY E-MAIL AT
MNFWCEPAOWO@CEMNF-WIRAQ.USMC.MIL

Another cowardly attack by Al-Qaeda and its supporters. This ought to really increase the respect and support of the local population in Iraq for their cause.

Title:
ANA AND COALITION FORCES CONTINUE CLEARING TALIBAN FROM HELMAND RIVER AREA
Release Date:
6/30/2007
Release Number:
07-01-03P
Description:
KABUL, Afghanistan – ISAF Operation Ghartse Ghar, supported by elements of the 205th Afghan National Army and Coalition forces, continued their operation to clear insurgents from both sides of the Helmand River, near the village of Haderabad, Nahr-e Saraj district, Helmand province.
After battling enemy forces most of the day, ANA and Coalition forces clearing the river area came under heavy fire from enemy small arms, medium machine gun, 82mm mortars and rocket-propelled grenades.
The ANA and Coalition forces identified several enemy positions during this exchange, to include mortar positions, observation posts, compounds and a trench system. They returned fire and called in Coalition and ISAF close air support. All enemy positions were destroyed in the engagement.
“It appears that ANA and Coalition forces fired at clearly identified firing positions,” said Maj Chris Belcher, spokesman for Combined Joint Task Force 82.
“After our forces surveyed the area, there are reports of some possible civilian deaths,” said Belcher. “Remains of some people who apparently were civilians were found among insurgent fighters who were killed in firing positions in a trench line,” he said.
“We are deeply saddened by any loss of innocent lives,” said Belcher.
“Insurgents are continuing their tactic of using women and children as human shields in close combat with friendly forces,” he said
.
Contact Information – CJTF-82 Public Affairs Office Tel –
0093-799-063-013
bagrammediacenter@afghan.swa.army.milFor more news and information about CJTF-82, please visit www.cfc-a.centcom.mil/.For more news and information about NATO’s International Security Assistance Force – Afghanistan, please visit www.nato.int/isaf/

It was only a matter of time before the Taliban in Afghanistan resorted to the same cowardly tactics that Al-Qaeda uses in Iraq to fight their war. As both of them suffer more and more losses of leadership and manpower, I am sure we will see many more cowardly acts of desperation to quell the growing dissatisfaction of the local people in Iraq and Afghanistan! If either the Taliban or Al-Qaeda thinks that these acts of atrocity will gain further support for their cause, they are sadly mistaken. Having just cast off the yoke of Russian oppression, the people of Afghanistan will not be as reluctant to pick up arms and defend themselves against an enemy, even if that enemy turns out to be the Taliban!

Title:
16 SUSPECTED OF ATTACKS AGAINST COALITION AND IRAQI FORCES DETAINED
Release Date:
6/30/2007
Release Number:
07-01-03P
Description:
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition Forces detained 16 suspected terrorists during operations Saturday targeting al-Qaeda in Iraq leaders in Ninawa and Anbar provinces.In Karmah, Coalition Forces conducted two coordinated operations targeting an al-Qaeda in Iraq emir of the area. The ground force raided four buildings and detained 12 suspects for their alleged involvement with the terrorist leader, whose network is responsible for attacks against civilians, infrastructure, and Iraqi and Coalition Forces.Coalition Forces in Mosul targeted an al-Qaeda leader who manages a cell of more than 100 terrorists responsible for attacks on Iraqi and Coalition Forces. During a raid of two buildings, the ground force detained four suspected terrorists linked to the cell.”We’re continuing to target terrorists who work with al-Qaeda in Iraq’s senior leaders, as well as the leaders themselves,” said Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, MNF-I spokesperson. “Every terrorist removed prevents an attack against Iraqis, their infrastructure, and the security forces that protect them.”
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT THE MNF-I PRESS DESK at:
MNFiPressdesk@iraq.centcom.mil.
FOR THIS PRESS RELEASE AND OTHERS VISIT WWW.MNF-IRAQ.COM.

That’s 16 fighters who won’t be killing anyone else. Good job, troops!

Title:
SOLDIERS CHARGED WITH PREMEDITATED MURDER
Release Date:
6/30/2007
Release Number:
07-01-03P
Description:
BAGHDAD – Two US Army Soldiers have been charged with the premeditated murders of three Iraqi nationals in three separate incidents.
Charges were announced today.
These charges are merely an accusation of wrongdoing. The soldiers are presumed innocent unless and until they are proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of any alleged offense.
The soldiers are assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 501 Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, based at Fort Richardson, Alaska. The unit is currently attached to Multi-National Division – Center, Iraq. Offenses are alleged to have occurred between April and June, 2007, in the vicinity of Iskandariyah, Iraq. The two soldiers are charged as
follows:
Staff Sergeant Michael A. Hensley, Candler, North Carolina – three specifications alleging premeditated murder, three specifications alleging obstruction of justice, and three specifications of wrongfully placing weapons with the remains of deceased Iraqis. The Charges were preferred on June 28, 2007, and SSG Hensley was placed into pre-trial confinement in Kuwait on June 28, 2007.
Specialist Jorge G Sandoval, Jr., Laredo, Texas, one specification alleging premeditated murder and one specification alleging he wrongfully placed a weapon with the remains of a deceased Iraqi. Spec. Sandoval’s charges were preferred on June 28, 2007.
Specialist Sandoval was apprehended on June 26, 2007, while home in Texas, and transferred to pre-trial confinement in Kuwait on June 29, 2007.
The investigation by the United States Army Criminal Investigation Division resulted from reports of the alleged wrongdoing made by fellow soldiers to military authorities. The investigation continues.FOR QUERIES, CONTACT THE MULTI-NATIONAL DIVISION – CENTER PUBLIC AFFAIRS AT MND-CENTER_PAO@IRAQ.CENTCOM.MIL OR BY PHONE AT 912-767-4114.

I find myself unable to comment here. One, I do not want to prejudge. Two, if there is truth to the charges, I can’t post my comments. They would get me banned from WordPress. I will be watching this one closely!

Title:
EXTREMISTS USING FALSE MEDIA REPORTING TO INCITE SECTARIAN VIOLENCE
Release Date:
6/30/2007
Release Number:
07-01-03P
Description:
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Friday, news media reported a mass killing in a village near Salman Pak where 20 men were allegedly found beheaded. It now appears that the story was completely false and fabricated by unknown sources.Upon learning of the press reports, coalition and Iraqi officials began investigating to determine if the reports were true. Ultimately it was concluded the reports were false.Anti-Iraqi Forces are known for purposely providing false information to the media to incite violence and revenge killings, and they may well have been the source of this misinformation.”Extremists promote falsehoods of mass killings, collateral damage and other violence specifically to turn Iraqis against other Iraqis,” said Rear Admiral Mark Fox, spokesperson for MNF-I. “Unfortunately, lies are much easier to state, the truth often takes time to prove,” said Fox.Not all media reports can be immediately substantiated by Government of Iraq or Coalition Forces. They must go through a process to verify such claims, to include checking with various Iraqi Ministry’s, local police and security forces. Meanwhile, extremists have achieved their goal of spreading false information aimed at intimidating civilians and destabilizing Iraqi security.Ultimately, media reporting based on verifiable sources will reduce the possibility of misinformation unnecessarily alarming citizens.FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT THE MNF-I PRESS DESK at:
MNFiPressdesk@iraq.centcom.mil.
FOR THIS PRESS RELEASE AND OTHERS VISIT WWW.MNF-IRAQ.COM.

Looks like Al-Qaeda is getting desperate and trying hard to pull in outside public opinion by lying.Posting false information and inflated deaths is nothing new for Al-Qaeda. They have been putting inflated information on websites since early on in the war. Now they are attempting to pull in the media and the American public. Only problem with a lie is it always comes back at you in the end and bites you in the butt!

Title:
TWO SEPARATE RAIDS NET 17 SUSPECTED SECRET TERRORISTS; APPROXIMATELY 26 KILLED
Release Date:
6/30/2007
Release Number:
07-01-03P
Description:
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition Forces conducted two separate raids targeting suspected secret cell terrorists during pre-dawn hours Saturday in Sadr City. It is believed that the suspected terrorists have close ties to Iranian terror networks and are responsible for facilitating the flow of lethal aid into Iraq.
Coalition Forces encountered significant small arms fire and multiple improvised explosive device (IED) attacks during the operations.
Coalition Forces armored vehicles used proper escalation of force rules to engage four civilian vehicles. Coalition Forces also received multiple attacks with rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs). Coalition Forces killed an estimated 26 terrorists and detained seventeen suspected secret cell terrorists during the two operations.
There were no Coalition Forces casualties during the operations
.
“We remain committed to dismantling terror networks that seek to kill Coalition Forces, Iraqi Security Forces, and innocent Iraqis,” said Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, MNF-I spokesperson. “We will go after these terrorists wherever they are.”
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT THE COMBINED MNF-I PRESS DESK at:
MNFiPressdesk@iraq.centcom.mil.
FOR THIS PRESS RELEASE AND OTHERS VISIT WWW.MNF-IRAQ.COM.

“You can run; but, you can’t hide.” That ought to be our new battle cry as we seek out the enemy and capture or kill them. Again I say only a coward hides behind innocent men, women, and children. I wish these cowards would come out into the open and fight our troops. But, they will never do that. They are smart enough to know they wouldn’t stand a chance against our troops!

Title:
ANOTHER SENIOR AL-QAEDA LEADER IDENTIFIED, KILLED
Release Date:
6/30/2007
Release Number:
07-01-03P
Description:
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition Forces positively identified a high-level terrorist killed in an operation June 29 east of Fallujah.Abu ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Masri, an Egyptian, was a known terrorist and senior leader in al-Qaeda. Intelligence reports indicate he worked directly for Abu Ayyub al-Masri, the military emir of al-Qaeda in Iraq, and is associated with other al-Qaeda in Iraq senior leaders.Intelligence reports further indicate he was assessed to be the current Shar’ia Emir of Radwaniyah, responsible for participating in terrorist courts and issuing fatwas. Abu ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Masri fought with Abu Ayyub al-Masri in Afghanistan in 2002 and 2003, and later came to Iraq with him.Abu ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Masri also fought in both battles of Fallujah, and was injured in one. He was detained for six months, but upon his release, he relocated to Syria. There, he began working with the network that facilitates the movement of foreign fighters into Iraq, and returned himself in late 2006.While Abu ‘Abd al-Rahman al-Masri stayed in Iraq, his associates traveled to Pakistan and Afghanistan to personally discuss external planning with al-Qaeda senior leaders.”Yet another foreign al-Qaeda terrorist has been removed from the al Qaeda network here in Iraq,” said Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, MNF-I spokesperson. “This terrorist was a significant figure in the network and was only one step away from Abu Ayyub al-Masri. Iraqis are safer without his presence.”Abu ‘Abd al-Rahman Al-Masri was positively identified by several known associates and other detainees from this and previous operations.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT THE MNF-I PRESS DESK at:
MNFiPressdesk@iraq.centcom.mil.
FOR THIS PRESS RELEASE AND OTHERS VISIT WWW.MNF-IRAQ.COM

I don’t know how many of the upper echelon have been killed so far. All I can say is Hoorah to the troops for a job well done!

I know you all could have read this at CENTCOM on your own. But look at it this way. Had you done that, you would not have had the pleasure of all my insightful comments!

Credit goes to CENTCOM for all of the above reports.

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~ by devildog6771 on June 30, 2007.

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