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Iraqi Man Helps Thwart IED Attack South of Baghdad

Forward Operating base Kalsu, Iraq
- A local Iraqi man helped Marines and Iraqi National Guardsmen (ING) foil an insurgent attack south of Baghdad on Jan. 14.

The man observed three militants placing an improvised explosive device (IED) near a bridge over Highway 8, a key north-south corridor connecting Baghdad and Najaf. The man went to the nearest ING checkpoint to report the incident, and the ING informed Marines passing through the checkpoint.

A Marine patrol sent to investigate the area found an antenna protruding from the ground near a pile of dirt and bricks. The Marines cordoned off the area and called in an explosive ordnance disposal team to defuse the bomb, a 122-millimeter projectile encased in cement.

There was no sign of the men who emplaced the IED.

Information provided by local citizens has proved instrumental in joint efforts by U.S. and Iraqi forces to root out insurgents in northern Babil province.

Release #050114ii

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