Monday, July 02, 2007

Commandos kill, capture high value targets

2nd BCT, 10th Mountain Division (LI) PAO

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq – Coalition forces killed one suspected terrorist and detained eight others near Koresh, Iraq, four miles south of Baghdad July 1.
Soldiers from Troop C, 1st Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), from Fort Drum, NY, conducted the mission based on tips from sources they had built in the area over the initial months of their deployment. The squadron launched an immediate air assault to nab the time sensitive targets.
On the objective, one of the BCT’s most wanted terrorists fired at one of the Soldiers with a nine millimeter pistol, striking the Soldier in the helmet, causing no injury to the Soldier. The Soldier returned fire, killing the terrorist.
The terrorist was wearing a suicide vest and carried two hand grenades.
Initially, seven other suspected terrorists were detained at the target house.
A follow on sweep of the objective netted another suspect from the most wanted target list.
The al Qaeda suspects were wanted for orchestrating attacks against Iraqi security and coalition forces as well as intimidating and murdering locals who did not collaborate with the al Qaeda fighters.
Explosive ordnance disposal teams were sent in to deactivate the vest.
The individuals are being held for questioning.

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