Release Date 1/2/2007
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition Forces killed three terrorists, wounded one and detained two other suspected terrorists in a raid Tuesday morning targeting an al-Qaida weapons dealer in the Baghdad area.
When Coalition Forces approached the targeted building, they called out for the occupants to exit the building. No one responded. Coalition Forces then breached the wall and entered the building.
Five armed men began firing at Coalition Forces. Coalition Forces returned fire killing three armed men and wounding a fourth. During the breach and firefight, the building caught fire.
Once the building was secure and everyone was safely outside, Coalition Forces began extinguishing the fire and called the Baghdad Fire Department. Two men surrendered and were detained. Two women and three children were present during the raid and none were injured.
Coalition Forces ensured the women and children were safe and looked after by their neighbors. The wounded terrorist was administered first aid and transported to a nearby medical facility.
One of the men killed, an al-Qaida weapons dealer whom Coalition Forces were targeting, was identified by his wife. Terrorists continue to deliberately place innocent Iraqi women and children in danger by their actions and presence.
Coalition Forces will continue deliberate and methodical operations in order to hunt down and capture or kill terrorists trying to prevent a peaceful and stable Iraq. These operations will continue to be successful with the support and cooperation of the Iraqi people.
Let’s not forget that these small victories are happening everyday in our new World War. Unfortunately, they don’t come with edited TV images, so the American media doesn’t consider it newsworthy.