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Release A050917b

Coalition Forces raid foreign fighter safe house

Multi-National Force-Iraq

BAGHDAD , Iraq – Coalition Forces raided two suspected al-Qaida in Iraq foreign fighter safe houses in the town of Ubaydi, located in northern Iraq and discovered a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device and other terror weapons Sept. 17 at 4:14 am.

Intelligence sources and tips from local citizens led Coalition Forces to the location of the foreign fighter safe houses. Upon entry into the first safe house, Coalition Forces discovered that all the foreign fighters had fled prior to their arrival. However, Coalition Forces did find weapons and a large amount of small arms ammunition and bomb-making materials. Additionally, extremist propaganda was found throughout the safe house. Upon leaving the safe house, Coalition Forces set delayed explosive charges and destroyed the terrorist material.

At the second location, one VBIED which was found outside the safe house was rigged to detonate on command. Coalition close air support assets destroyed the VBIED in place. Large multiple secondary explosions were seen from the destroyed VBIED.

Coalition Forces were departing the area when they were engaged by approximately eight terrorists and/or foreign fighters. They returned fire, killing one terrorist -- the others fled the scene.

There were no Coalition casualties.


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