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Iraqi Police Colonel Rescued by Cavalry Unit

Baghdad, Iraq
-- The Soldiers of Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 9th Cavalry Regiment, rescued an Iraqi police colonel and his wife Jan. 8 after anti-Iraqi insurgents attacked the two on Baghdad's notorious Haifa Street.

The colonel and his wife had returned to their recently-vacated apartment on Haifa Street that evening to fetch a few remaining items when two Iraqi police (IP) officers, serving as the colonel's personal bodyguards, were attacked and killed outside the building.

According to the colonel, there were two vehicles carrying up to 14 insurgents. Six insurgents were seen entering the building after killing the two IP officers, but when the 1-9 Cavalry troops arrived at the scene 30 minutes later, the insurgents had already left the building.

Two suspicious individuals were detained outside the apartment building for further questioning. Both individuals were carrying the exact same ID card and one was in possession of a pistol.

After they cleared the apartment building and its two adjacent buildings, the Soldiers escorted the IP colonel and his wife in Bradley Fighting Vehicles to the nearest IP station.

Neither the colonel nor his wife was harmed in the incident

Release #050112b

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