Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Cell Phone Message Leads to Terrorist's Capture in Iraq

"Thanks for the use of the rocket-propelled grenades."
Coalition Forces reported the capture of nine terrorists, one of them based on information from his cell phone.

TAJI, Iraq – Soldiers from a 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division patrol detained nine suspected terrorists in three separate incidents while conducting security and stability operations near Taji on Sept. 27.

In the first incident, Soldiers from 70th Engineer Battalion stopped a car during random inspections and searched the vehicles four occupants. The men had $14,000 of U.S. currency in 100 dollar bills, and a large number of fake government identification badges in their possession.

Later in the day, the Soldiers were approached by an Iraqi citizen who said them that a suspicious car was parked in his neighborhood. The Soldiers searched four men near the car identified by the citizen and found bomb-making materials.

While the U.S. troops questioned the car owners, they stopped and searched a fifth man who was acting suspiciously. The man's cell-phone history contained a message from another terrorist that roughly translated into "Thanks for the use of the rocket-propelled grenades."