November 8th, 2007 02:16 EST
Coalition forces kill three terrorists; find detention facility in Samarra
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition forces killed three terrorists, and discovered a weapons cache and an alleged detention facility during a multi-day operation Nov. 3-5 targeting al-Qaeda and foreign terrorist networks south of Samarra.
Information gained from previous operations led Coalition forces to an area believed to be a crossing point for al-Qaeda in Iraq members and foreign terrorists traveling to the east side of the Tigris River Valley. Reports indicate the leader in the area is an al-Qaeda in Iraq weapons facilitator with ties to other terrorist senior leaders, and whose family is suspected of conducting attacks against Coalition and Iraqi security forces.
As Coalition forces entered the target area late Saturday, they observed armed men attempting to evade ground forces. Perceiving hostile intent, Coalition forces called for supporting aircraft to engage, killing two terrorists and destroying one vehicle. As the ground force continued to clear the area, they discovered a vehicle loaded with AK-47’s and potential explosive materials, which they safely destroyed on site. Following the vehicle’s destruction, the ground force observed an individual return to the location to retrieve equipment and, perceiving hostile intent, Coalition forces engaged, killing the terrorist.
Also during the operation, the ground force discovered a bunker allegedly used as a terrorist detention facility, and a small cache of weapons to include an anti-aircraft weapon with a vehicle mounting system, ammunition and two improvised explosive device-armed pressure plated land mines, which were all destroyed to prevent further use by terrorists.
“Across Iraq, citizens are rejecting al-Qaeda’s barbaric detention facilities, torture houses and atrocities,” said Maj. Winfield Danielson, MNF-I spokesperson. “We will continue to work with Iraqi citizens and their security forces to neutralize al-Qaeda and the extremist vision they have for Iraq.”
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