August 8th, 2007 10:51 EST
Thirty Terrorists Killed, 12 Detained During Iraq Operations
Iraqi and coalition forces killed 30 terrorists and detained 12 suspected terrorists during operations today in Baghdad's Sadr City neighborhood, military officials reported.
The individuals detained and the terrorists killed during the raid are believed to be members of a terrorist cell known for facilitating the transport of weapons and explosively formed penetrators from Iran to Iraq, as well as bringing militants from Iraq into Iran for terrorist training.
As Iraqi and coalition forces approached the objective location, they observed two armed men in tactical fighting positions assessed to be early warning operatives for the targeted individual. Ground forces engaged and killed the two armed men. While in the objective area, forces raided a concentration of buildings and detained 12 suspected terrorists. Ground forces received sporadic small-arms fire throughout the course of the operation.
During the operation, the assault force and overhead aerial support observed a vehicle and a large group of armed men on foot attempting an assault on the ground forces. Close-air support engaged the terrorist vehicle and organized terrorist force, killing an estimated 30 terrorists.
"Coalition forces continue to gain momentum against the illicit movement of lethal materials from Iran. Iranian-supported militia extremists and terrorists are seeking to destroy the future of Iraq, and we'll continue to capture or kill them and dismantle their organizations," said Army Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, Multinational Force Iraq spokesman.
Also today, during an early-morning raid north of Tikrit, coalition forces detained two suspected terrorists for their ties to an al Qaeda key leader. Intelligence reports indicate that the targeted individual is a key al Qaeda leader in Bayji who oversees a cell of about 400 terrorists and is linked to numerous attacks on coalition forces.
Iraqi and coalition forces this morning targeted a Mosul-based al Qaeda emir who assists with terrorist operations in Kirkuk. While coalition forces were on the targeted location, two individuals were observed rapidly maneuvering toward the assault force guarding the target. Coalition forces engaged the two men, wounding both. They were taken to a military medical facility, where one later died. The terrorist who died was positively identified as the targeted individual.
"Our operations targeting al Qaeda in Iraq are progressively dismantling and destroying the terrorist network," Garver said. "We will continue to attack al Qaeda at the current fast and steady pace."
In other operations this week:
-- Coalition forces detained six suspected terrorists and killed one terrorist during operations over the past two days targeting al Qaeda in Iraq and its associates in central Baghdad and Kirkuk.
-- Northeast of Samarra, coalition forces detained three suspected terrorists during a precision raid yesterday. The targeted individual was the al Qaeda military emir of Samarra. The three individuals were detained for their association with the targeted emir.
-- Iraqi soldiers with U.S. Special Forces advisors detained five alleged insurgents in the Aamel area of Baghdad yesterday. Iraqi troops detained their primary targets without incident, along with three other suspicious individuals who were present during the raid. The primary individuals detained are believed to be responsible for conducting attacks on Iraqi and coalition forces and Iraqi citizens in the area.
-- Iraqi army scouts and U.S. Special Forces troops conducted a series of targeted raids in western Iraq on Aug. 5, detaining an individual allegedly responsible for running an extortion network. Iraqi soldiers raided a residence and office near Rawah and detained their primary suspect without incident. Several bags and boxes of paper documents, computer equipment and compact discs also were seized during the operation. The detained individual was allegedly engaged in extorting money from local contractors and using those funds to finance al Qaeda activities. He also is accused of paying insurgents significant sums of money from construction project contracts he was awarded in the Rawah area.
(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq, Multinational Corps Iraq and Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force Arabian Peninsula news releases.)