September 6th, 2007 14:32 EST
Baghdad radio station, searched by U.S. Military
BAGHDAD — Soldiers from Company D, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment attached to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division conducted a search of a University building which houses the Al-Ahad radio station in the al- Baladiat area of the New Baghdad District in eastern Baghdad Sep. 5.
The search was initiated after the unit received a tip from local Iraqis that a criminal militia operative frequented the location.
Some media have reported that U.S. forces stormed the headquarters of the al-Ahad radio station and destroyed its furniture and forced the station to stop broadcasting for more than two hours. It was further alleged the Coalition Forces detained all present in the building and confiscated the guards’ weapons.
Coalition Forces entered the building and sought out the university manager who accompanied the Soldiers throughout the search.
No classes were interrupted during the course of the search and no one was detained or injured. The radio station played music throughout the search.
One door was broken and a claim form for the damage was given to the university manager. No weapons were confiscated.
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