December 3rd, 2006 04:23 EST
Iraqis, Coalition Force work to squelch insurgency
BAGHDAD — In a string of operations across Iraq this week, Iraqi Security Forces detained 28 suspects, and the Coalition Force killed 17 insurgents and rescued three Iraqi hostages, military officials reported.
The 9th Iraqi Army Division, with Coalition support, detained 28 suspected insurgents for questioning in an operation here Friday in Rusafa. U.S. attack helicopters supported Iraqi ground troops during the mission.
Elsewhere, the Coalition used air-delivered precision ordnance to kill three insurgents in Ubaydi. Insurgents attacked Coalition Forces with small-arms fire and attempted to flee in a vehicle. In response, Coalition troops used destroyed the vehicle and the insurgents inside. Aside from the vehicle, there was no further damage.
In another operation, Coalition air and ground forces combined to kill 14 insurgents and wound two Nov. 30 after the individuals engaged a coalition convoy with small-arms fire southwest of Samarra.
While the insurgents fled in trucks and on motorcycles, Task Force Lightning attack helicopters tracked them for several miles and used two guided bombs to destroy one of the vehicles. Subsequently, helicopters and strike aircraft engaged the remaining vehicles, killing or wounding all of the insurgents.
Upon further investigation of the site, Task Force Lightning Soldiers discovered more than 1,500 rounds of small-arms ammunition and various semi-automatic machine guns including six AK-47s, two heavy machineguns, two destroyed motorcycles with homemade machine gun mounts and one rocket-propelled grenade launcher.
Separately, Iraqi Police engaged a suicide car bomber attempting to breach an entry-control point leading to a police station in the Dawasa neighborhood Nov. 29.
Iraqi Police prevented the terrorist from breaching the entry control point, but the bomb exploded outside the checkpoint, killing four Mosul citizens, the suicide car bomber and injuring 29.
"Iraqi Police in Ninewa province are vigilant to these types of attacks," said Army Maj. Adam Rocke, operations officer, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. "The sad part is the innocent citizens who are killed or injured as a result of these cowardly acts, especially the children.”
In another operation, three handcuffed hostages were rescued from insurgents by Soldiers of the 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, near Forward Operating Base Loyalty Nov. 29. A fourth handcuffed hostage was found nearby, dead from a gunshot wound to the head.
Soldiers noticed an illegal checkpoint manned by six individuals in military uniforms. One of the six manning the checkpoint had a fake Ministry of Interior identification. Coalition troops detained all six for questioning.
Elsewhere, Soldiers from Multi-National Division – Baghdad uncovered a sizeable cache of munitions in a northwestern Baghdad neighborhood Nov. 29.
After receiving a tip, Soldiers from Company A, 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, conducted a combat patrol to search a house of a suspected mortar man. When the troops arrived at the residence, there was no one at the home.
During the search, they discovered a weapons cache, finding various mortar tubes, rounds, explosives and a protective suit.
(Compiled from Multi-National Corps - Iraq news releases)