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Soldiers storm through terrorist networks in Al-Rasheed

-- More than 500 Iraqi Security Forces in cooperation with Task Force Baghdad Soldiers detained 65 terrorists in the Al-Rasheed district April 11.

"This operation represents the true purpose of the brigade's deployment to Iraq," said Maj. Ross Coffman, operations officer for 4th Brigade Combat Team. "Tonight we supported the ISF in their fight against the insurgency and were able to simultaneously disrupt three terrorist networks."

Coffman also said this was the largest joint operation conducted by the brigade to date. Participating forces included Iraqi Army and Iraqi Police units, supported by Coalition Soldiers.

The assault was dubbed "Operation Vanguard Tempest" and was focused on an area of central Baghdad known for harboring terrorist networks. Those detained are suspected of committing numerous crimes and activities to include assassinations, beheadings, kidnapping, intimidation, and attacks against both ISF and Coalition Forces.

As of 9 a.m. April 11, ISF and CF had searched more than 90 targets, locating and capturing terrorist personnel and equipment. One terrorist was injured during the operation and evacuated to a CF hospital.

"The insurgents operating in this area of Al-Rasheed are motivated by self-interest and only wish to gain power for themselves," said Coffman. "The neighborhoods of the Al-Rasheed district are safer because these men are off the streets."

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