Air strike destroys terrorist safe house
BAGHDAD , Iraq – Coalition Forces conducted an air strike against an al-Qaida terrorist safe house in the western city of al-Jaramil Sept 7, further disrupting terrorist sanctuaries and activities in Iraq .
Abu Ali, a senior al-Qaida foreign fighter facilitator, was believed to be in the house at the time of the strike. Ali has been linked to other al-Qaida terrorists and foreign fighter facilitators in the Hit, al Qaim, Karabilah and Husaybah areas.
Additionally, he had al-Qaida connections in the Mosul area, to include Abu Talha (who was captured in June) and Abu Khallad (who was killed in August).
Abu Ali is also known to have al Qaida connections in Syria and Saudi Arabia where most of his foreign fighters were recruited. The foreign fighters he funneled into Iraq , and subsequently sent to various terrorist groups, were used to attack Iraqi citizens, Iraqi Security Forces and Coalition Forces.
Coalition air assets, after delivering the precision-guided munitions that destroyed the safe house, observed numerous large secondary explosions, indicating a large cache of weapons that was also destroyed during the air strike.
The type of munitions used and the time of the air strike were selected to decrease the risk to civilians in the local area.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT MULTI-NATIONAL CORPS-IRAQ,
BY E-MAIL AT MNCI-PAO-VICTORYMAINJOC@IRAQ.CENTCOM.MIL.
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