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Task Force Baghdad Soldiers thwart attack on US base

 

BAGHDAD, Iraq – Task Force Baghdad Soldiers guarding the entrance to a military base in east Baghdad foiled a car bomb attack May 1.

At 7:15 a.m., a red Kia sedan exploded approximately 15 feet short of a barrier in front of the gate to the installation. The car bomb failed to detonate properly and caught on fire. Soldiers manning the gate reacted quickly and saved the driver.

The driver is being treated and is cooperating with military authorities.

Initial investigation has revealed that the driver’s family had been kidnapped and he was being forced to carry out this mission to keep them safe.

“This is another case where Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has to extort men to carry out his indiscriminate slaughtering. He can’t recruit volunteers; he is resorting to forcing Iraqi civilians to carry out these mission by threatening harm to kidnapped family members,” said Col. Joe DiSalvo, Commander, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division.

To obtain the photos associated with this release, e-mail CPIC Press Desk with your request. cpicpressdesk@iraq.centcom.mil

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BAGHDAD, Iraq - Soldiers rescue the driver of the vehicle and prepare to medevac him. The driver is being treated at a military hospital and is cooperating with military authorities. Initial investigation has revealed that the driver’s family had been kidnapped and he was being forced to carry out this mission to keep them safe. (photo courtesy of U.S. Army)

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BAGHDAD, Iraq – A car bomb burns itself out 15 feet from a U.S. military installation. No Soldiers were injured in the attack. (photo courtesy of U.S. Army)

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONCERNING THIS RELEASE, CONTACT 3RD INFANTRY DIVISION PUBLIC AFFAIRS AT: david.abrams@id3.army.mil.


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050501b



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