Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Al Qaeda Pays The Price Today In Iraq - U.S. Guns Down 13 Al Qaeda In Iraq, Captures 17

HUGE day for U.S. forces in Iraq! Thirteen dead al Qaeda in Iraq, count 'em, thirteen dead muj! And U.S. forces captured 17 al Qaeda in Iraq during the same multiple operations. There are two different stories on this from Multi-National Force - the first one here discusses the killing of ten al Qaeda, the other one here details the other three. Here's a bit from the first article:

Coalition forces killed 10 terrorists and detained five terrorist suspects during four operations targeting al-Qaeda in Iraq networks Monday near Baghdad.
Targeting a foreign terrorist with direct ties to suicide operations, intelligence led a Coalition forces to engage two vehicles and kill 10 terrorists near Khalaf Al Mahd. Coalition forces destroyed the vehicles carrying four heavy machine guns, eight assault rifles and several hundred rounds of ammunition. They later detained one suspected terrorist and destroyed a weapons cache he was guarding nearby.
In Abu Ghurayb, Coalition forces targeted a terrorist with ties to AQI leadership in Baghdad. Acting on intelligence, they stopped a vehicle and detained two terrorist suspects. Coalition forces then searched the suspects’ residence where they detained another suspect.
I keep pounding on this but I think it is important. These operations on al Qaeda in Iraq all talk about "intelligence" leading them to the jihadists and as I've stated many times here...that intelligence is coming in big part from local Iraqi citizens - they've bloody had it with the murdering crazed minions and they are turning them over in droves!

Any day that 30 al Qaeda in Iraq are taken off the streets is a banner day - just additional proof of the unbelievably awesome our troops are doing their job in Iraq. Awesome, just awesome.

I've excerpted the second article below.

Coalition forces target AQI: three terrorists killed, 12 detained

BAGHDAD – Coalition forces killed three terrorists and detained 12 suspected terrorists while targeting the al-Qaeda in Iraq network in the northern half of the country Tuesday.
Coalition forces targeted an AQI foreign terrorist facilitator at a suspected terrorist safe-house 60 miles north of Baghdad. Coalition forces called for the target building’s occupants to come out peacefully, but several men refused to comply, including three men displaying weapons, one of whom was wearing a military-style assault vest. Responding to the perceived hostile threat, Coalition forces engaged the three armed terrorists, killing them. Five additional suspected terrorists were detained.
Coalition forces captured an individual allegedly involved in attacks against Iraqi Security Forces and one other suspected terrorist in Mosul based on information gathered from an operation Mar. 31. Another operation in Mosul targeted a car-bombing expert who recently fled Kirkuk after Coalition forces captured two of his associates there during operations Apr. 15 and 22. Two suspected terrorists were detained.
In Bayji, 100 miles south of Mosul, Coalition forces captured an AQI car-bombing cell leader and detained two additional suspected terrorists.
“Today’s operations will have an impact on al-Qaeda in Iraq’s ability to bring in and utilize foreign terrorists and will further degrade the terrorists’ ability to carry out car-bombing attacks on innocent Iraqi civilians, as well as Iraqi and Coalition forces,” said Cmdr. Scott Rye, MNF-I spokesperson.

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