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Insurgents are their Own Worse Enemy

Baghdad, Iraq
- Two insurgents determined on committing a terrorist act in Baghdad Monday, Jan 3 wound up as the only victims as their vehicle exploded before they reached their target. An additional insurgent was wounded in the blast.

Multi-National Forces observed a vehicle broken down and on fire on a city street during a routine patrol. As the patrol attempted to investigate the fire, the vehicle erupted in a violent explosion killing two occupants in the vehicle. A third occupant, standing away from the vehicle, was wounded by the blast. No one else was harmed by the blast.

Multi-National Forces interviewed the survivor and determined that the vehicle was prepared as a vehicle borne improvised explosive devise, a weapon of choice for insurgents against civilians and coalition forces.

Vehicle borne improvised explosive devices are constructed by untrained people using crude and unstable explosive materials. The premature detonation apparently stemmed from car fire.

The use of these crude weapons against the people of Iraq and Multi-National Forces is another example of the desperate attempts by terrorists to prevent Iraq from becoming a free and democratic nation. Multi-National Forces Iraq and the Iraqi Government are committed to routing out and brining these terrorists to justice.

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