Sunday, May 06, 2007

Operation Polar Scrum helps get suspected terrorists, IEDs off the streets

2nd BCT, 10th Mtn. Div. (LI) PAO

FORWARD OPERATING BASE YUSUFIYAH, Iraq — Iraqi and U.S. forces conducted Operation Polar Scrum Tuesday, resulting in 85 terror suspects detained and an improvised explosive device found during the all-day mission.
Soldiers of the 4th Battalion, 4th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division and the 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment “Polar Bears,” 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) out of Fort Drum, N.Y., conducted the mission near Yusufiyah following an April 9 IED strike on a Bradley Fighting Vehicle on a nearby road.
Reports indicated the presence of anti-Iraqi forces in the area that have emplaced IEDs to deter coalition patrols.
At about 9 a.m., the combined patrol discovered an IED. Soldiers disarmed the device and disposed of it.
Soldiers of 4-31 returned fire after they were engaged by small-arms fire at about 10 a.m. Neighborhood residents told the Soldiers that two wounded terrorists were moving through houses in the area. The men were found and detained.
The detainees were taken to coalition base for questioning.

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