Skip to comments.Bomb, terror cells disabled in northern Iraq
Posted on 01/28/2006 11:47:07 AM PST by SandRat
TIKRIT, Iraq (Army News Service, Jan. 26, 2006) Coalition forces captured 63 suspected insurgents in northern Iraq so far this week, including some thought to be in a ring responsible for local beheadings.
Two caches of weapons were also found in the Tikrit area, including artillery shells rigged to propane tanks that officials said could have been used against the local population.
Terrorists captured while placing IED
Task Force Band of Brothers Soldiers captured three terrorists placing an Improved Explosive Device near Hawijah Wednesday afternoon.
Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Divisions 1st Brigade Combat Team saw the men drive up to the site and watched one man place the explosive device, comprised of two artillery shells, in a hole alongside the road.
The Soldiers engaged and wounded the man with rifle fire, but he was able to get back into the vehicle. With the help of the Iraqi Police, the unit was able to stop the vehicle before it could escape the area.
The wounded terrorist was taken to a nearby military medical facility.
Forces nab 51 suspected terrorists
In a joint effort, Iraqi security forces and Task Force Band of Brothers Soldiers detained 51 suspected terrorists during a series of unrelated actions throughout northern Iraq Tuesday.
Iraqi troops from the 2nd Brigade, 5th Iraqi Army Division planned and conducted a large early morning raid Tuesday in three villages outside of Baqubah. The unit detained 19 suspects, including eight known to have strong ties to terrorists in the area.
In the Bayji area, Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Divisions 3rd Brigade Combat Team detained 10 known or suspected terrorists.
Tips from Bayji area residents generated a series of searches south of the city early Tuesday morning which led to the capture of four men closely tied to a terrorist ring responsible for committing murders and beheadings in the area. A fifth man was killed after firing a pistol at the Soldiers searching his home.
A local tribal leader brought three suspected members of an IED cell from the Bayji area to a coalition base and turned them in to coalition forces.
Working with Iraqi troops from the 2nd Brigade, 3rd Iraqi Army Division unit discovered two caches of weapons and stolen Iraqi Army uniforms and captured 12 suspects.
The troops began their mission working from civilian tips that carried the Soldiers to two separate caches and 12 individuals.
Five suspects detained in Mosul
Three men and two women were detained in Mosul Wednesday in two separate searches.
Task Force Band of Brothers Soldiers from the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team detained two men during a raid on a suspected terrorist house Wednesday morning. The raid uncovered weapons and Al Qaeda propaganda.
Another 172nd SBCT patrol detained a man as he attempted to flee from an Iraqi Army patrol. The Soldiers searched the mans home and his two sisters adjacent home, where they discovered a cache of artillery shells and a propane tank rigged to explode.
The explosives were taken to a nearby field and safely destroyed by an explosive ordnance disposal team.
Suspected IED makers captured
Task Force Band of Brothers Soldiers detained four men near Samarra Tuesday after finding bomb-making materials in their vehicle.
Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Divisions 3rd Brigade Combat Team were patrolling near the village of Al Hwaish, west of Samarra, when they spotted the suspicious vehicle.
The Soldiers stopped the car and a search revealed numerous IED components. The vehicle and the components tested positive for explosives residue.
Indiscriminate terrorist IED attacks in the Samarra area have taken a large toll on the local residents. More than 80 percent of the attacks in the region have been carried out against innocent Iraqis, officials said, with dozens of civilians either killed or injured during the past year.
(Editor's Note: Information provided by Task Force Band of Brothers Public Affairs)
Interesting. The first sentence of the article references "insurgents." That's the only such reference, followed by 10 mentions of "terrorist(s)"
Getting better, getting better...
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