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Operation Anchorage nets five suspected insurgents, stops VBIED

Multi-National Force-Iraq

Tuesday, 02 October 2007
Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
APO AE 09342

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RELEASE No. 20071002-05
October 2, 2007

Operation Anchorage nets five suspected insurgents, stops VBIED
Multi-National Division – Center PAO

FOB FALCON, Iraq — Coalition Forces detained five suspected insurgents and destroyed a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device with two joint direct attack munitions Sept. 30 during Operation Anchorage, east of FOB Falcon.

Paratroopers of the 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment along with several Iraqi army soldiers conducted a night air assault raid here in the early morning hours. The detainees are suspected to be involved with attacks conducted on an IA checkpoint, said Capt. Donald Braman, commander, Troop B.

The Iraqi troops detained the suspects after finding an AK-47 with four fully loaded magazines, a shotgun, more than 500 meters of command wire, IED-making electronic components and anti-Iraqi forces propaganda in the house where the suspects were found.

The raid also netted a five-ton white bongo truck in the process of being rigged as a VBIED. An explosives-detecting K-9 reacted to explosive residue on the vehicle. An F-16 was called in and struck the truck with a JDAM.

Braman said the IA soldiers are among the elite, and impressed him during this operation. The IA was the main effort responsible for clearing the targeted buildings believed to have been used by high value al-Qaeda leaders as safehouses.

“The Iraqi army soldiers who are part of the scout platoon after just three days of training were just as good as our guys,” Braman said.

The night air assault is a strong way Coalition Forces are keeping insurgents on edge.

“Al-Qaeda isn’t used to seeing Americans in this area,” said Staff Sgt. Andrew Ward, a section team leader with 1st platoon. “We caught them by surprise.”

Air assaults, such as this one, are vital to keeping these insurgents on the run.

“It scares them, let’s them know we can go anywhere,” Ward said. “Any disruption we get on these guys is good. It keeps them off their ‘A’ game.’”

Braman agreed.

“Every time we go out and take the fight to the enemy we disrupt them; make his life uncomfortable,” he said. “The life of an insurgent isn’t an easy life. When they are on the run, they have to sleep in open fields, in canals; they get tired. As long as they know we are coming after them they can’t sleep easy.”

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