Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Wanted terrorist captured during Operation Eagle Sweep

LUTIFIYAH, Iraq – Coalition and Iraqi forces captured a wanted terrorist during a combat operation near the Karkh Oil Facility, northeast of Lutifiyah, Iraq Friday.
Soldiers of the B Battery, 2nd Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) from Fort Drum, N.Y., and the 1st Battalion, 4th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division detained the wanted terrorist and other suspected terrorists as part of Operation Eagle Sweep.
“We have been in this area before, but we wanted to go back and do a follow up to make sure terrorists weren’t hiding caches in a previously cleared area,” said Maj. Robert Horney, the 2nd BCT chief of current operations and native of Lebanon, Penn.
The searches resulted in four military-aged males being questioned, one of whom was a wanted terrorist.
Copper wire, commonly used to make improvised explosive devices, was also found during the search.
The Soldiers immediately searched the house near the location of the wire and detained six Iraqis occupying the house.
“The operation was a success,” Horney said. “Finding the wanted terrorists will help keep others safe.”
The detainees are being held for questioning.

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