January 5th, 2007 18:00 EST
VBIED targets IA soldiers in Khalis
KHALIS, Iraq – Soldiers from 2nd Brigade, 5th Iraqi Army, were wounded when they were targeted by a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device in Khalis, Iraq, Jan. 3.
Small-arms fire followed the VBIED attack resulting in injuries to six IA soldiers.
“Al Qaeda is now attacking the Iraqi Army as a last resort,” said Col. David W. Sutherland, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division commander and senior U.S. Army officer in the Diyala province.
“Their efforts are near-sighted and they don’t take into account the infinite resolve of the Iraqi Security Forces and the will of the people not to be dominated by extremists,” Sutherland said. “The Iraqi people want to be free and to live in a democratic society – not a society dictated by the hatred of Al Qaeda.”
Immediately following the attack, soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 2-5 IA, transported four of the wounded soldiers to a coalition operating base for additional treatment by coalition force medics. The other two soldiers were taken to the Khalis IA base for medical treatment.
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