Soldiers storm through terrorist
networks in Al-Rasheed
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- 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
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
"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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