Wednesday, June 13, 2007


Because the mainstream media is invested in propagating only bad news from the War on Terror, here's the CENTCOM roundup of stories the mainstream media refuses to run.

CAMP STRIKER, IRAQ BAGHDAD - A failed truck bomber, wounded in his attempt to destroy a coalition battle position, was treated, evacuated and is providing information to those he tried to kill.

The driver of the truck bomb aimed at destroying Patrol Base Warrior Keep near Sadr al Yusufiyah on June 10 was wounded in the upper right leg, rendering him unable to activate his initiation switch or his explosive vest.

Alert Soldiers from Company B, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team manning the weapon systems at the patrol base determined his hostile intent and opened fire with an M-240B machine gun and M-4 assault rifles foiling the attack.

Soldiers from the patrol base then detained the man.

Seeing that the man was wounded, they rendered aid and evacuated him to the 31st Combat Support Hospital.

Coalition medical personnel continue to provide the man medical care. The man will be held for further questioning and prosecution.

Explosive ordnance teams continue to methodically render the explosives safe through multiple controlled detonations.
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan – Afghan and Coalition forces conducted an operation in Nadir Shah Kot District in Khowst Province resulting in detention of three suspected militants.
No shots were fired and no civilians or detainees were injured in the operation.

Credible intelligence led the forces to the location of suspected members of an improvised explosive device cell in the Haqqani network.

The detainees will be questioned as to their involvement in militant activities.
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Coalition Forces killed one terrorist and detained two suspected terrorists during operations targeting secret cell network operations in Baghdad.

The individuals detained during the raid are believed to be members of the secret cell terrorist network known for facilitating the transport of weapons and explosively formed penetrators, or EFPs, from Iran to Iraq, as well as bringing militants from Iraq to Iran for terrorist training.

During the course of the pre-dawn raids a vehicle drove toward Coalition Forces on the ground. Using appropriate escalation of force measures, Coalition Forces attempted to stop the vehicle. When the vehicle failed to stop, the ground force engaged the vehicle, killing the driver.

Based on information from a suspected terrorist detained June 9, Coalition Forces detained two suspected terrorists at the targeted location. These suspected terrorists are assessed to be associates of a secret cell key leader, the targeted individual of the morning raids.

Intelligence reports indicate the targeted individual of the morning's operation is associated with a kidnapping cell and is believed to be directly involved in the November Ministry of Health kidnappings.

Additionally, intelligence reports indicate that the targeted individual's cell specializes in the emplacement of improvised explosive devises and EFPs.

"We continue to hunt down and find the terrorists where they hide," said Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, MNF-I spokesperson. "The targeted locations were the result of our efforts to root out the terrorists that seek to bring unrest and violence to Iraq."
FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER, Iraq - Soldiers from the 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment and the Iraqi National Police detained four men and confiscated bomb-making materials and rifles following a raid in northern Jisr Diyala, Monday.

The 3-1 Cavalry's Troop A and Time Sensitive Target Platoon Soldiers worked with an Iraqi National Police platoon, called the Lions of Wassit, to search locations insurgent forces were using as meeting sites and cache sites.

The unit conducted several raids to collect information and disrupt enemy activities preventing extremists from engaging Combat Outpost Assassin and FOB Rustamiyah, according to Capt. Troy Thomas, the plans officer for 3-1 Cavalry, from Litchfield, Minn.

"No one shot a rocket or a mortar at either location last night, that was a big thing," he said.

Thomas was also impressed with the performance of the Lions of Wassit.

"Every battalion in the Army should be lucky enough to have a platoon like the Lions to work with," said Thomas. "Those guys were well trained and disciplined. They did a great job."

The 3-1 Cavalry is assigned to the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, from Fort Benning, Ga.
KHAN BANI SA'AD, Iraq - Iraqi Security Forces successfully prevented a suicide car bomb attack on a Coalition Forces combat outpost in Khan Bani Sa'ad, located in Diyala province, June 12.

"I could not be more proud of the Iraqi Security Forces today,"
said Lt. Col. Marshall Dougherty, commander, 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division.

"Troop B, 2-1 CAV lives and works in the combat outpost with the Iraqi Army Soldiers."

IA Soldiers received a tip and description of a potential suicide vehicle bomb and engaged the vehicle with small-arms fire as it approached the outpost causing the vehicle to detonate prematurely before it reached the outer perimeter.

Two CF Soldiers received minor wounds and were treated at the scene.

"The truly amazing thing is that the Iraqi Soldiers, who are mostly Shia, got the tip from local Sunnis, who had seen a suspicious vehicle driven by masked men traveling towards the outpost," said Dougherty.

"This is yet another example of the people of Iraq refusing to allow terrorists to destroy their lives," said Dougherty. "It was the citizen's tip that allowed the Iraqi Army to take charge and locate and destroy the SVBIED and its operator, potentially saving untold lives - Sunni, Shia and Coalition."

"Both Iraqi and Coalition Soldiers have worked very hard in the last several weeks engaging the local population to gain their trust and confidence," said Dougherty. "It's obvious that despite their tribal or ethnic differences, the people of Khan Bani Sa'ad have come to trust their Iraqi Security Forces and no longer will tolerate insurgent violence here. Today was a good day."
BAQOUBA, Iraq - The newly formed Diyala Operations Command in Baqouba reported today that Soldiers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 5th Iraqi Army and Coalition Forces from the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry killed five extremists, wounded eight and arrested 15 others during operations throughout Baqouba, June 12.

The engagement in Old Baqouba also netted two caches and a vehicle borne improvised explosive device.

Gunmen engaged IA and CF Soldiers with small arms fire from a building before a CF attack helicopter team, armed with Hellfire missiles, engaged the extremists and destroyed the building they were firing from.

Another gunman was killed when CF engaged his sniper position in the neighborhood of Mufrek, in Baqouba.

The caches discovered included approximately 200 pounds of home made explosives, numerous anti tank mines, mortar and artillery rounds, and other IED making materials.

The VBIED had a rocket propelled grenade inside, and according to local citizens, was rigged to explode. Two extremists were arrested
in the immediate area after testing positive for explosives. A
controlled explosion was carried out on the VBIED.
FALLUJAH - Iraqi Army Forces have detained a suspected al Qaeda in Iraq sniper allegedly responsible for the death of a U.S. Soldier and other attacks against Coalition Forces.

With Coalition Forces present as advisers, Iraqi soldiers detained their primary sniper suspect in the Jolan District of Fallujah during a raid June 10. Anti-Coalition Forces propaganda and numerous identification cards were also seized during the operation.

The suspect, who is alleged to be a member of an al Qaeda in Iraq sniper cell operating out of Fallujah, is believed to have killed a U.S. Soldier from a rooftop during a 2006 attack on Coalition Forces in Fallujah. He is also the primary suspect in a sniper attack against a Coalition Forces tractor-trailer which occurred in Fallujah earlier this year.

In a separate operation, Iraqi Army Forces completed an operation June 9 detaining 16 suspected insurgents allegedly responsible for supporting al Qaeda in Iraq activities in the Rawah area.

With Coalition Forces present as advisers, Iraqi Soldiers detained the suspects without incident at a residence in the vicinity of Al Watah, located east of Rawah in the Jazirah Desert. Two AK-47 assault rifles and two pistols were also seized during the operation.

The detained individuals are allegedly responsible for facilitating foreign fighters, conducting anti-Iraqi Forces activities and aiding al Qaeda in Iraq leaders in the Al Watah area.

No Iraqi or Coalition Forces were injured during these