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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Attack in Tal Afar Condemned – Iraqis, CF stick Together

TAL’AFAR, Iraq - Late Tuesday afternoon, a large explosion ripped through a busy marketplace in the Al Moalameen neighborhood of Tal Afar causing extensive damage to buildings and homes, killing and wounding dozens.

“This was an act of cowardice and only demonstrates to the world how desperate this enemy is,” said Brig. Gen. Mick Bednarek, deputy commanding general of Task Force Lighting and Multinational Division North. “The Iraqi people must stand united against these forces so the country can continued on its path to a free and democratic state,” he continued.

Iraqi Security Forces responded immediately to the scene and began setting up triage and facilitating evacuation of wounded civilians caught in the blast area. Soldiers from the 3rd Iraqi Army Division immediately dispatched medical assets from their headquarters in Al Kisik to aid the wounded.

Immediately following the attack, Iraqi and Coalition Forces from Forward Operating Bases Marez and Sykes began working together to help the victims of this attack. 3rd Iraqi army provided ambulance support and heavy excavation equipment to remove rubble. CF responded to the scene providing security of the site, medical support to the victims and evacuation of the wounded via helicopters to CF and Iraqi medical facilities. Additionally, CF explosives experts were on the scene gathering evidence for the investigation into the attack and the hunt for the terrorist criminals.

Tal Afar officials have implemented a curfew in the city, restricting vehicle movements except for emergency transportation.

“The Iraqi police and army have come together with the Iraqi people in a true showing of solidarity against the terrorists in the aftermath of this horrific bombing,” said Maj. Rodger Lemons, executive officer of 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. “Every Iraqi in the area has offered everything they have to help those injured here, regardless of affiliation or differences. No effort is being spared and Coalition Forces are assisting where needed.”

No CF Soldiers were injured during the attack.


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