Task Force Baghdad Soldiers undeterred by attacks
BAGHDAD, Iraq - During cordon and search operations, Task Force
Baghdad Soldiers detained five suspected terrorists March 28.
Another Task Force Baghdad unit seized a weapons cache consisting of
rifles, ammunition and other suspicious materials.
Soldiers with 265th Brigade Combat Team uncovered three weapons
caches in the Baghdad area.
In other action March 28, Task Force Baghdad Soldiers in south
Baghdad encountered three improvised explosive devices and came
under fire three times in separate attacks. There were no injuries
or equipment damaged in any of the attacks.
Later, a rocket exploded near the front gate of a U.S. forward
operating base. No one was injured and no equipment was damaged in
Less than an hour later, a Marine unit traveling in south Baghdad
was struck by an IED. The Marines detained three local national
suspects. One of the suspects is believed to be a bomb maker and had
two cell phones on him, which could have been used to detonate the
An IED in south Baghdad blew up as Task Force Baghdad Soldiers on
patrol were passing by. After the explosion the unit came under
small-arms fire. The Soldiers received air support from a helicopter
and returned fire for approximately 10 minutes before the criminals
fled. None of the Soldiers were injured in the attack.
Two IED attacks detonated near patrols in west Baghdad, but there
were no injuries in either attack.
Task Force Baghdad Soldiers on patrol in north Baghdad were also
struck by an IED. No one was injured in the blast.
"Though our Soldiers continue to encounter IEDs while on patrol,
we're seeing a pattern of diminishing effectiveness in these
attacks," said Lt. Col. John Charlton, Task Force Baghdad's chief of
operations and training. "The people who plant these roadside bombs
are not just attacking Americans, they are attacking the future of
Iraq. If these bomb makers would spend even 1 percent of
their energy on building a free and peaceful Iraq, this country
would quickly become a leader in this part of the world."
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