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Iraqi, U.S. forces launch raid against terrorist ring

Multi-National Force-Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraqi and Coalition Forces in east Baghdad remained vigilant in the face of numerous acts of terror in east Baghdad Dec. 4.

Iraqi Police and Coalition Forces launched a raid to capture suspected members of a known terrorist ring. Within two hours, six suspects were arrested and are currently being processed into the Iraqi justice system.

“We are continuing an aggressive campaign to capture the terrorists in our zone. The Iraqi Security Forces are doing most of the work and we stand ready to support them when ever necessary,” said Col. Joseph DiSalvo, commander of Coalition Forces in east Baghdad.

Around 7 a.m., a patrol from 3rd Battalion, 7th Cavalry discovered an improvised explosive device. The roadside bomb, a surface laid anti-tank mine, was destroyed by an explosive ordnance disposal team. There were no casualties or damage to equipment.

About a half hour later, an Iraqi Army patrol responded to the explosion of a roadside bomb which targeted an Iraqi Police patrol. No injuries or damage were reported.

Elsewhere, a U.S. Army Military Police patrol was attacked with a roadside bomb around 9 a.m. The bomb detonated between two vehicles, resulting in no casualties or damage to equipment.

A half hour later, an American tank on patrol was attacked with a roadside bomb. The bomb missed the tank and no casualties or damage to equipment were reported.

Meanwhile, in the Rusafa area, the Iraqi Army and Iraqi Police responded to the site of a roadside bomb attack that was directed against civilians at a marketplace. Six Iraqi civilians were wounded in the attack and were evacuated by Iraqi Security Forces and emergency services to local hospitals for treatment.




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