News from Iraq
While the socialists like A.N.S.W.E.R. march to protest the War in Iraq & urging surrender in the War on Terror some other events that occurred in Iraq and point to significant progress being made there go under reported, and in many cases not reported at all in the major media outlets.
Paratroopers captured nine suspected al-Qaida terrorists and an anti-aircraft gun in north Babil, Oct. 24.
Coalition forces captured two wanted individuals and detained another four suspects early this morning during operations to disrupt al Qaeda networks in central and northern Iraq, and military officials report numerous weapons caches discovered and suspects detained in operations over past several days.
— In Baghdad, coalition forces captured a wanted individual reportedly attempting to re-establish the city’s car-bombing operations after significant degradation by coalition forces. During several recent operations, coalition forces captured suspects with ties to the car-bombing network involved in attacks against Iraqi civilians and security forces.
— In an operation to disrupt foreign terrorist networks in Mosul, coalition forces captured a wanted individual believed to be a terrorist cell leader in the southern part of the city. The suspect is believed to have a long history of terrorist activity and is associated with several al Qaeda senior leaders.
— Intelligence gained from previous operations led coalition forces north of Habbaniyah to a location believed to be an al Qaeda safe house and meeting place. During the operation, the ground forces were targeting an alleged associate of the al Qaeda senior leader. Reports indicate the targeted individual previously was responsible for finances and served under several terrorist leaders who fought coalition forces in Fallujah in 2004. Three suspected foreign terrorists were detained.
— In another operation, coalition forces detained a suspected terrorist southwest of Kirkuk while targeting an associate of an al Qaeda in Iraq member believed to be the senior terrorist leader in the province. The targeted individual allegedly makes frequent trips across northern Iraq and has knowledge of al Qaeda operations in the province, including the whereabouts of foreign terrorists operating in the region. “This operation is another example of our continued success against al-Qaeda,” said Army Maj. Winfield Danielson, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesman. “Their networks are being systematically dismantled by Iraqi and coalition forces, disrupting their operations, diminishing their pool of manpower and limiting their ability to attack innocent Iraqis.”
A concerned citizen led coalition forces to the largest cache of explosively formed penetrators ever found in a single location Oct. 23 in a home in Saada village, Iraq, officials reported.
Coalition forces captured a senior militia extremist, killed two others and detained an additional 14 admitted criminals during operations in the village of al Fawwaliyah, northwest of Khalis, early Saturday.
The operation was targeting a splinter group leader, who was not honoring Muqtada al-Sadr’s pledge to cease attacks and who was involved in weapons procurement, kidnapping operations and explosively formed penetrator attacks against Coalition forces. Intelligence indicates that this individual also has ties to an Iranian intelligence cell.
Army Maj. Gen. Benjamin R. Mixon told Pentagon reporters via a teleconference from his headquarters near Tikrit that a key to success in northern Iraq “will be the government’s ability to capitalize on the current concerned citizen movements, leveraging them as a bridge to Sunni inclusion and reconciliation.”
Mixon, commander of the 25th “Tropic Lightning” Division, will turn command of Multinational Division North over to Maj. Gen. Mark P. Hertling of the 1st Armored Division shortly. The general looked back on his 15-month deployment to the country and noted many positive outcomes.
He said the greatest example of success is with the Iraqi army. When the 25th Infantry Division arrived in August 2006, all of Iraq’s army divisions in Multinational Division North were operating under coalition control. “In other words, I had command of those divisions,” he said. “By contrast, today all four Iraqi army divisions are under Iraqi control, and they now routinely conduct unilateral and joint operations.”