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Baqubah couple among terrorists caught Thanksgiving week


TIKRIT, Iraq (Army News Service, Nov. 28, 2005) -- Sixteen suspected terrorists, including one female, were captured by Iraqi and U.S. forces during operations in north-central Iraq Nov. 26.

In an early morning cordon and search mission near Baqubah, Soldiers detained nine suspected terrorists and seized fuses used for detonating explosives along with several anti-aircraft artillery rounds.

To finish off the day, U.S. troops conducted a clearing operation in Baqubah Saturday night. The Soldiers detained a man and a woman after discovering them with eight blocks of C-4 plastic explosive, an AK-47 with several hundred rounds, blasting caps and various other IED-making materials.

Gas station explosion kills terrorists

Police in Samarra investigated an explosion that occurred at a gas station southeast of the city Nov. 26 at about 11:30 a.m. Four 155mm artillery shells, converted into IEDs, detonated before they could be moved out of the station, killing nine suspected terrorists and injuring four others. The four injured suspects were detained by the Samarra Police.

In the nearby city of Balad, U.S. Soldiers detained a suspect at a checkpoint after he attempted to avoid questioning. A search revealed that he was carrying more than $3,000 in U.S. currency.

2,400 patrols conducted

In Baghdad, Iraqi Army and Task Force Baghdad Soldiers pursued terrorists and denied them opportunities for attacks during operations in various districts of the capital city Nov. 21-23.

During the course of more than 2,400 patrols, Iraqi and U.S. forces detained terror suspects, seized weapons caches and found improvised explosive devices before they could be detonated.

Military officials also had help from the local population as individuals came forward with information about terrorist activity.

Informants come forward

On Nov. 21, a local resident told Soldiers from 1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division about an IED which had been placed around a weapons cache in an area west of Baghdad.

The informant also told Soldiers that three vehicles were currently at the location. U.S. forces cordoned off the area and began searching houses and questioning residents. Two terrorists were detained and processed into the Iraqi judicial system.

IED site dismantled

Another tipster reported an IED concealed in a pile of rubble along a road in east Baghdad Nov. 22. Soldiers from 3rd Squadron, 7th Cavalry secured the site and called in an explosive ordnance disposal team which disarmed the device consisting of two 57mm rockets and a 130mm round.

Public Order Brigade troops operating in Salman Pak south of Baghdad detained three terror suspects and confiscated a small weapons cache Nov. 23. The arrests also came as a result of information provided by a local resident.

Terrorists confess to attacks

Iraqi Army Soldiers working a checkpoint Nov. 22 detained three suspicious individuals in a vehicle who tried to do a quick U-turn after approaching the soldiers. The individuals threw a compact disc out of a window and started to flee, but were quickly stopped by a squad of IA Soldiers.

After being questioned, the three suspects admitted they were responsible for attacks against U.S. forces in Baghdad, Fallujah and Najaf. The CD contained documents and video footage of terrorist attacks.

In other operations, Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 70th Armored Regiment reported finding a large IED placed under an overpass in north Baghdad Nov. 22. The Soldiers secured the area and called in an EOD team to collect the explosive device.

After a convoy from 2/101st airborne division struck an IED southwest of Baghdad Nov. 21, Soldiers noticed three suspicious individuals who had appeared to be watching for the explosion. The three suspects exhibited signs of recently handling explosives and were detained for further questioning.

(Editor’s note: This story was compiled by Sgt. Ken Hall at ARNEWS and features information contributed by Lt. Col. Ed Loomis, TF Band of Brothers 101st AB PAO and Sgt. 1st Class David Abrams, Task Force Baghdad Public Affairs.)

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