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Coalition Forces and Iraqi Army Soldiers attack terrorists in Diyala Province

- Coalition Forces and Iraqi Army Soldiers encountered and attacked terrorist forces in a remotely populated region east of Baghdad at about 4 p.m. on April 4.
Two battalions from the Iraqi Army had been conducting an independent cordon and search operation in eastern Diyala Province. The mission to search for weapons cache sites in the area uncovered dozens of terrorists and a firefight ensued.
Coalition Forces, including Army Aviation and Air Force assets moved to provide additional fire support to the Iraqi Army Soldiers. A quick response force from Task Force Liberty's 278th Regimental Combat Team also supported the Iraqi Army attack.
Following consolidation on the objective during the night, Iraqi Army Soldiers and members of the 278th Regimental Combat Team continued their search of the area April 5.
Initial reports incident two Coalition Force members along with one Iraqi Army Soldier was killed in the attack April 4.
Iraqi and Coalition Forces from Task Force Liberty continued operations April 5 in the area to kill or capture any remaining terrorist elements.

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