Task Force Baghdad patrols stop bomb attacks
BAGHDAD, Iraq – During combat operations in and around Baghdad Oct. 27-31, Task Force Baghdad Soldiers continued to aggressively engage terrorists plotting attacks against Iraqi civilians, Iraqi security and Coalition forces.
Soldiers on patrol disrupted several potential attacks, finding and destroying improvised explosive devices before they could be detonated by terrorists.
On Oct. 29, Soldiers assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team reported finding two vehicle bombs in south Baghdad. The first truck contained four 122-millimeter rounds and the second vehicle contained three 130-millimeter rounds and two 122-millimeter rounds. An explosives ordnance disposal team was summoned to the scene to disable the explosive charges. Three suspects were detained for further questioning about the bombs.
In an Oct. 28 incident, another Task Force Baghdad patrol south of Baghdad spotted three suspicious individuals crouched by the side of the road next to what appeared to be a pile of dirt. When the U.S. Soldiers approached, the three terrorists jumped into a truck and tried to get away. They were quickly stopped by the Soldiers who searched the vehicle and found detonation cord.
The individuals were detained and told the Soldiers they had nothing to do with the “pile of rocks” on the side of the road. When the Soldiers approached the dirt mound, they saw a 155-millimeter round sticking out. To protect Iraqi citizens in the area, they cordoned off the area. An explosive ordnance disposal team later destroyed the bomb.
Immediately after a patrol from 3rd Bn., 7th Inf. Reg. struck an IED in south Baghdad Oct. 27, they detained three individuals who were seen running into a nearby house. When the Soldiers searched the premises, they found bomb-making materials. No U.S. Soldiers were injured in the IED attack.
In other combat operations:
* Two were detained Oct. 30 by a U.S. patrol north of Baghdad after they were found with bomb-making material, including a blasting cap and two mortar rounds.
* Soldiers from 3-7 Inf. detained three terror suspects during a cordon and search in western Al Rasheed Oct. 31.
* In a separate operation, Iraqi elements from the Wolf Brigade captured 15 suspected terrorists in Al Dora during the early-morning hours of Oct. 31.
* Soldiers from 3rd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment discovered two roadside bombs during route clearance operations Oct. 30. An EOD team disarmed the bombs and determined the devices were made from four 125-millimeter artillery rounds and two anti-tank mines.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONCERNING THIS RELEASE, CONTACT THE TASK FORCE BAGHDAD PUBLIC AFFAIRS PLANS AND OPERATIONS NCO, SGT. FIRST CLASS DAVID ABRAMS AT: DAVID.ABRAMS@ID3.ARMY.MIL
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