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Iraqi, U.S. forces thwart assassination attempt

BAGHDAD (Army News Service, Nov. 30, 2005) — Iraqi Police and Task Force Baghdad Soldiers prevented an assassination attempt Nov. 27 in the Ghazaliyah neighborhood of western Baghdad.

Around 11 a.m., Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division responded to a call from Iraqi citizens who spotted a silver sedan with explosives, wires and a timer underneath it.

Iraqi Police soon joined the U.S. Soldiers at the scene and took the lead in investigating the vehicle.

The car was originally thought to be a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device. Military officials later said it may have been part of an assassination plot against a particular individual, a prisoner during the former regime.

The IPs called in Iraqi explosive experts who disabled the bomb which was attached to the vehicle’s gas tank and consisted of one-and-a-half pounds of explosives and a radio transmitter.

(Editor’s note: Information provided by 1/10th Mountain Division PAO.)

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