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American Forces Press Service

U.S. Soldier Dies in Mosul; 15 Insurgents Detained

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 18, 2005 A Task Force Freedom soldier was killed by small-arms fire in Mosul, Iraq, early today, military officials reported.

No further information was available, and the soldier's name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Elsewhere in Iraq today, Iraqi army and coalition forces captured 15 suspected terrorists in a series of pre-dawn combat operations conducted in and around Baghdad.

Three of the suspects are thought to be bombers. Another is believed to be a weapons dealer and a terror cell financier.

The largest operation was carried out by Iraqi soldiers from 1st Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division. Shortly after midnight, the Iraqi soldiers captured five suspected insurgents during a raid against a terrorist safe house in the Adhamiyah district of central Baghdad.

About the same time, Task Force Baghdad soldiers from the 70th Engineer Brigade, acting on a local citizen's tip, seized three terror suspects during a cordon-and-search operation in northern Baghdad. The men are suspected of placing roadside bombs targeting Iraqi security forces, coalition forces and civilians in the area.

Another citizen's tip helped Task Force Baghdad soldiers capture a suspected weapons dealer and terrorist financier. The suspect was captured during a cordon-and-search operation involving two houses in northern Baghdad.

In other combat operations, coalition forces detained six terror suspects during raids and searches carried out in central and southern Baghdad.

In Fallujah, a terrorist attempting to blow up an Iraqi security forces convoy ended up killing himself instead Oct. 17.

A three-vehicle convoy from the 2nd Public Order Brigade was on a food run when a taxi pulled up to the convoy and a man got out carrying a trash bag. He was placing the bag containing an improvised explosive device on the back of a convoy truck when it exploded.

There were no reports of injuries among the Iraqi security force. However, two passersby were injured and later transported to a medical facility for treatment by Iraqi police.

The bomber was identified by his remains.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq, Task Force Baghdad, and Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq news releases.)


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