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1st CD Troops Destroy Insurgent 'Slaughterhouses'

Baghdad, Iraq
-- Task Force Baghdad Soldiers destroyed two buildings in the north Babil region south of the Iraqi capital, reputed to have been used by insurgents to intimidate, torture and kill members of the local populace.

"These buildings were known 'slaughter houses,'" said Lt. Col. James Hutton, spokesman for the 1st Cavalry Division and Task Force Baghdad.

Hutton said the site of the buildings, south of the town of Mahmuhdiyah, was formerly a military communications facility under Saddam Hussein's regime.

"This operation demonstrates to the local populace that we are committed to freeing them from the grasp of fear," Hutton said. "The insurgent feeds off of the fear of others. But the insurgent knows his options are running out."

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