Saturday, October 21, 2006

10th Mtn. Soldiers work with IA to assist local nationals

10th Mtn. Soldiers work with IA to assist local nationals

Staff Sgt. Angela McKinzie
2nd BCT PAO, 10th Mtn. Div.

YUSUFIYAH, Iraq – Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers from the 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, along with the Iraqi Army worked together to provide assistance to local nationals after a car bomb detonated in Yusufiyah Sept. 18.
After receiving notification of the incident the Soldiers of 4-31 arrived at the site to help the IA help secure the area and assist in clean-up efforts.
The bomb was spotted by an Iraqi Soldier at a marketplace in the Yusufiyah area. After spotting the bomb the Iraqi Soldier tried to help a local national, who was in potential danger, to safety.
The bomb, intended to disrupt the Iraqi government and U.S. efforts to revitalize the economic conditions of Yusufiyah was detonated by the terrorists.

“The terrorists are attacking those things that support the people. This market is a key to the economic stability of Yusufiyah,” said Capt. Jason Anderson, 2nd BCT assistant operations officer. “Due to this action, construction is delayed, which means that jobs are delayed, families are inconvenienced and it will take longer for stability.”
After the site was secured, fire trucks from the neighboring town of Mahmudiyah were escorted into the city to put out the fire and assist in clean-up efforts.
“We ask that the good citizens of south Baghdad please come to us with information so the Iraqi Army, Iraqi Police and coalition forces can arrest these criminals,” said Maj. Kenny Mintz, 2nd BCT operations officer. “This act will not stop the progress. It only slowed it down for a short while.”
“Also significant here is that the municipal governments of Yusufiyah and Mahmudiyah worked together to put out these fires,” Anderson said. “This is a functioning Iraqi government.”
One Iraqi Soldier and one local national were wounded in the incident.

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