BAGHDAD – In a series of early morning raids Oct. 20, Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers killed one and captured several other individuals who are believed to be ranking members of Al Qaeda in Iraq terrorist cells operating in Doura, a southern district in the Iraqi capital.
Soldiers assigned to Baker Company of the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment “Warriors” out of Fort Carson, Colo., but attached to the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division conducted the operations in an area where extremists have attempted to impose their will on the populace.
When the troops entered the target house, one of the individuals later identified as a high-value individual began to surrender but then pulled out a pistol and shot one of the Soldiers. The terrorist was killed in the subsequent exchange of small arms fire..
A second high-value target believed to be an AQI improvised explosive device and sniper cell leader who has terrorized the people of Doura was also arrested at the scene and has been detained for further questioning.
“Two individuals we believe are responsible for numerous murders and other criminal acts in Doura are no longer able to wage their campaign of terror on the Iraqi people,” said Col. Ricky D. Gibbs, 4th BCT commander. “This was a well-planned operation with a lot of cooperation across the entire brigade and is a real testament to our Soldiers’ dedication and professionalism.”
A separate early morning raid by MND-B troops in Doura resulted in the arrests of two additional men believed to be responsible for making IEDs used to destroy mosques in West Rashid.
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