Saturday, March 31, 2007

NEWS FROM THE FRONT - Things you didn’t see in the MSM (updated from 17 March 2007)

We all heard about the suicide bombings that led to 152 killed in Tal Afar and the 70 killed in reprisal by militia and off duty policemen. What we didn’t hear is:
The actual reprisal killings were lower than reported 47, not 70. Still not good, but have you heard a correction?

Here’s more of what you weren’t told:

- Inside Baghdad 212 suspects were rounded up by US military and Iraqi Security Forces. US Forces also captured 16 Al-Qaeda in raids around Arab Jabour, Mosul, and Fallujah.

- March 17 - Al-Hillal - after a mortar attack on Coalition forces, Iraqi Police created a cordon and captured 5 insurgents.
- On March 17, 2007 Iraqi Army of the 1st Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 2IA Division discovered a large cache hidden in west Mosul uncovering nearly a ton of explosives, more than 300 projectile rounds, 115 rocket-propelled grenades, 156 grenades, 124 rockets, IEDs in various stages of construction and other explosives and bomb making material.
Additionally, 2nd Iraqi Army units have captured 25 insurgents and killed more
than 16, all tied to IED emplacement or attacks against Iraqi Security Forces or
Coalition force troops.
- Operation Fardh Al-Qanoon: Iraqi security forces and Soldiers from MND-B and have successfully found 437 IEDs and 162 weapons caches since the start of Operation Fardh Al-Qanoon.
18 March - 12 suspected terrorists captured
- Two suicide bombers tried to run toward an Iraqi checkpoint. Both bombers were shot causing their vests to detonate - no casualties except for the jiiihaaaadists.
19 March:
-In Ramadi, Coalition forces captured three suspected terrorists including one who is an alleged maker of IEDs and is reportedly responsible for attacks against Coalition forces.
Four suspects were detained in Fallujah and two more suspects were detained in East Baghdad with alleged ties to al-Qaeda in Iraq
-While on patrol, Paratroopers discovered the cache which consisted of 400 tank rounds, 50 130mm mortars and three 60 mm mortar
- Stryker team finds large amounts of munitions to include direct-fire weapons systems such as a recoilless rifle, rocket-propelled grenade munitions, more than 1,000 rounds of small-arms ammunition, indirect fire munitions containing more than 30 mortar rounds, and mortar-firing systems; and improvised-explosive device materials to include approximately 300 blasting caps, detonation wire, batteries and timers, and other terrorist documents.
20 March- After tips from residents, Iraqi National Police entered the Al Houda and Al Aqsa mosques during a daytime operation in a southern district of the Iraqi capital March 18th. Iraqi Security Forces seized weapons caches, munitions and bomb-making materials at each mosque. A total of five people were detained.
18 -20 March: In Mosul, seven suspected terrorists were detained including One who reportedly procures chemicals for the production of improvised explosive devices.
- In another raid southwest of Abu Ghurayb, Coalition Forces netted two suspected terrorists allegedly involved in moving foreign terrorists into Iraq.
- South of Baghdad: A weapons cache found: six anti-tank mines, two fire extinguishers, 15 propane tanks, 30 feet of silver cord, an electric igniter, six 60mm mortar rounds, one 81mm mortar round, one bayonet, 100 feet of copper wire, 75 feet of detonation cord, seven rubber pressure plates, six pistol ammunition rounds, seven .50 caliber ammunition rounds, a quarter pound of C4 explosive, six 57mm anti-aircraft ammunition rounds, five pounds of home-made explosives, one digital camera memory card, one six inch pipe bomb, and ten pounds of accelerant.
20 March - While clearing buildings troops encountered several armed men. Coalition Forces used self-defense measures killing five terrorists and detaining three suspected terrorists. Coalition Forces discovered an adjacent building housing an explosives factory. Inside the building, Coalition Forces found large caliber ammunition and explosive manufacturing materials including numerous 50-gallon barrels of explosive material. Coalition Forces conducted an air strike to destroy the explosives factory, associated vehicles, ammunition and weapons.
21 March - Coalition Forces destroyed a weapons cache and detained 23 suspected terrorists Wednesday morning during raids targeting foreign fighter facilitator and al-Qaeda in Iraq networks.
22 March - Over the past several days, Coalition forces in Basra and Hillah captured Qais Khazali, his brother Laith Khazali, and several other members of the Khazali network, an organization directly connected to the kidnapping and murder in January of five American soldiers in Karbala.
- Coalition forces also captured the individual believed to be the head of the Rusafa car bomb network, the Al Qaeda-Iraq organization responsible for some of the horrific bombings in eastern Baghdad in recent weeks. Coalition forces also captured three other individuals believed to be key members of the network, a vehicle prepared as a car bomb, and a cache of weapons and explosives.
- Early this morning in Mosul, Coalition forces captured a former Saddam Fedayeen leader involved in setting up training camps in Syria for Iraqi and foreign fighters.
- Airstrike used to kill terrorists - In a rural area southeast of Ar Rutbah, Coalition Forces attempted to detain four armed terrorists. One terrorist detonated an explosive device killing himself. The other three attempted to escape in a vehicle. Determining hostile intent, Coalition Forces engaged the vehicle with precision fires from a fixed wing aircraft killing the three armed men. Coalition Forces found a suicide vest, grenades and multiple weapons during a search of the scene. No civilians or friendly forces were injured during the operation.
- In Mosul, Coalition Forces captured nine suspected terrorists with alleged involvement in foreign fighter facilitation and weapons distribution.
- Two suspects were captured in Baghdad with reported ties to vehicle-borne improvised explosive device manufacturing.
- A suspected al-Qaeda in Iraq courier was also detained east of Balad.
23 March - Iraqi and coalition forces detained 62 suspected terrorists,
discovered four improvised explosive devices and found massive weapons caches in
the Mahmudiyah, Iraq area near the Al QaQaa Weapons Facility.
- In the nine caches was a 120mm mortar tube with a base plate, five 82mm
mortar tubes, a 82mm base plate, three 82mm tripods, a complete 60mm mortar
system, a mortar bore brush, 30 boxes of mortar primers, 70 loose mortar fuses, two
sniper rifles with scopes, nine 155mm projectiles, 122 82mm projectiles, a 105mm
projectile, 122 82mm projectiles, 106 60mm projectiles, six rocket-propelled grenade-7
systems, an RPG scope, an RPG night scope, 55 RPG-7 rounds, seven RPG-9 rounds,
15 boxes of PKC ammunition, 18 AK-47s, 10 pounds of unknown explosives, 15 hand
grenades, a partial 14.5mm projectile, a M-759 fuze, 15 complete sets of Iraqi Army
uniforms, 20 feet of detonation cord, 24 blasting caps, three anti-aircraft platforms, two
anti-aircraft barrels, 100 loose rounds, four acetylene tanks, three Motorola radios, a
8mm video tape, various medical supplies, various anti-Iraqi forces compact discs and
religious paperwork.
- 2nd Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 8th Iraqi Army Division and Coalition Military Transition Team from 425th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division conducted a cordon and search near Diyarah which greatly limited the ability of insurgents to operate in the area.
Bomb detector kits revealed 12 positive results on detainees; indicating they had been handling explosives.
- Iraqi Police apprehended a suicide truck bomber and captured his vehicle, containing a large quantity of chlorine and explosives, when it failed to detonate in Ramadi March 23.
- At approximately 1:30 p.m., a white cargo truck came to a halt near the entrance to the Jezeera police station, located about 150 meters from a water treatment plant. The police approached the truck for further investigation and detained the driver when they discovered the truck was rigged with explosives and the driver was attempting to detonate the vehicle.
Upon further investigation, the truck contained an unknown number of 55-gallon drums, which were used to camouflage five 1000-gallon barrels filled with chlorine and more than two tons of explosives.
- 21 March The alleged leader of an insurgent cell that specialized in suicide vehicles was captured in Baghdad’s Adhamiyah security district at approximately 9:00 a.m. March 21.
- A second suspected leader of an insurgent cell that specialized in car bombs was captured in Baghdad’s Adhamiyah Security District.
The alleged cell leader and his driver were engaged by small arms fire after elements from A. Co., 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division noticed his vehicle weaving in-and –out of traffic. The driver initially ignored signals to stop the vehicle.
26 March - FALLUJAH, Iraq – Soldiers from Regimental Combat Team 6 repelled a coordinated attack on a Coalition post, including two suicide truck bombs, approximately 4 km north of Karmah.
- The attack started at about 2 p.m. when a Soldier from 1st Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment (Airborne), attached to 3rd Battalion, 509th Infantry Regiment (Airborne), engaged a water truck attempting to enter the compound without authorization, causing it to detonate.
Immediately following the explosion, approximately 30 terrorist fighters engaged the compound with small-arms fire, rocket propelled grenades and mortars.
The Soldiers returned fire with small arms, mortars and artillery from Regimental Combat Team 6.
Approximately five minutes into the attack, Soldiers engaged a dump truck following the same path as the previous suicide attacker, causing it to also detonate.
Initial estimates indicate as many as 15 terrorists were killed.
Eight U.S. Soldiers were wounded in the attack. One was evacuated to a nearby Coalition medical facility and the remaining seven were treated on site and returned to duty.

- After stopping a vehicle, the passenger was identified as Haytham Kazim Abdallah Al-Shimari. He is suspected of being involved in the planning and execution of the majority of car bombs which have killed hundreds of Iraqi citizens in Sadr City.
- Elements of A Co., 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division were conducting combat operations in Adhamiyah when they received actionable intelligence prompting them to stop a passing vehicle. The unit positively identified Haydar Rashid Nasir Al-Shammari Al-Jafar who is suspected to be the second in command of a prominent car bomb producing network in the Adhamiyah Security district.
The other two occupants were identified as Ahamed Hassan Niami and Hamid Selman Alawi who are likewise affiliated with the network.
It is estimated that since Nov. the car bombs from this cell have killed approximately 900 innocent Iraqi citizens; another 1,950 have been wounded.
- 26 March Coalition Forces killed five terrorists and detained 22 suspected terrorists in operations during the past week targeting foreign fighter facilitation and al-Qaeda in Iraq networks.

Learn more at Multi-National Forces-Iraq

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