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Monday, August 07, 2006

Coalition Forces conduct strikes in Baghdad

Release Date: 8/4/2006
Release Number: 06-08-04PL
Created: 8/4/2006 8:19 AM by Sharbe L. Clark
Last modified: 8/4/2006 8:19 AM by Sharbe L. Clark

Description: BAGHDAD – Coalition forces killed at least three terrorists during an air strike and multiple raids southeast of Baghdad the afternoon of Aug. 3.

Clear and compelling evidence led security troops to target terrorists known to have links to al-Qaida in Iraq vehicle borne improvised explosive device cell leaders in the region. The targeted terrorists were believed to be associated with the suicide bombing cells responsible for several recent attacks in Baghdad, including the July VBIED bombings in Sadr City that killed over 100 Iraqi citizens. After the explosions, more insurgent gunmen arrived and began targeting Iraqis (who came from near-by Kufa Mosque) who were trying to help the injured.

Coalition forces have conducted multiple successful raids against this VBIED cell in recent days, including Sunday's air strike in southwest Baghdad. Ground troops uncovered a massive amount of VBIED material following that strike. Intelligence gathered from Sunday's strike and others since indicates this VBIED cell still possesses the capability to carry out more attacks against innocent Iraqis, and is planning to do so throughout central Iraq.

The suspected terrorists tried to flee the area when Coalition forces engaged and killed them. Forces then proceeded to a vehicle associated with the dead terrorists.

Occupants of the vehicle tried hiding with their vehicle in a tree line so security forces engaged and disabled the vehicle. Coalition forces received small arms fire from the occupants of the disabled vehicle from the tree line, some striking supporting aircraft with minimal effect.

The terrorists were observed running into a near-by house previously identified as a meeting site. Coalition aircraft engaged the house with three 500-pound precision bombs, destroying the targeted house.

When possible, Coalition forces take precautions to mitigate risks to civilians while in pursuit of terrorists, and deeply regret any injury or death to non-combatants. Terrorists continue to deliberately place innocent Iraqi women and children in danger by their actions and presence.

For more information, please contact the Combined Press Information Center.

U.S. Central Command
Public Affairs
Spc. Patrick Ziegler
Spc. Chris Erickson
1Lt. Anthony Deiss

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Category: Press Release.
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