November 17th, 2006 02:24 EST
Coalition works to dismantle al-Qaida
BAGHDAD — Coalition Forces killed nine terrorists and detained nine suspected terrorists during a raid Thursday south of Yusufiyah, further diminishing the al-Qaida in Iraq network.
As Coalition troops approached the targeted area, they called for people to exit the buildings. The troops noticed several armed men in a nearby wooded area maneuvering against them.
Friendly forces called in close air support to deal with the threat. Coalition aircraft engaged the terrorists with precision fire to reduce the possibility of collateral damage and ensure the safety of nearby civilians.
Several terrorists killed were wearing suicide vests.
Coalition Forces detained 18 suspected terrorists and destroyed a cache of improvised explosive device materials Wednesday while conducting multiple raids.
The raids targeted suspects in northern Baghdad and al-Anbar province believed to have direct ties to al-Qaida in Iraq terrorist cells.
Ground troops located and detonated a stockpile of automobile batteries believed to be stored for use in vehicle-borne IED attacks on innocent Iraqi civilians and Coalition Forces.
The raids are part of ongoing, coordinated efforts to eliminate al-Qaida operations in the Baghdad region. Coalition Forces continue to prevent suicide bombings by killing and capturing terrorists, intercepting and destroying VBIEDs and suicide vests and continuously degrading al-Qaida cells operating within Iraq.
In other developments throughout Iraq: