Coalition forces killed four suspected terrorists and wounded two others during a raid the morning of Sept. 27 targeting a terrorist tied to extremist leaders of al-Qaeda in Iraq in Iraq’s Diyalah and Salah ah Din provinces.
As Coalition forces approached the objective, they received sporadic small arms fire from throughout the neighborhood and sustained small arms fire from the objective building. Coalition forces, through their Iraqi interpreters, announced they were in the area, whereupon the shooting ceased from most locations except the target building. Coalition forces killed two terrorists during this engagement. Due to the heavy volume of enemy fire from the target building, they also engaged the building with Coalition aircraft.
Coalition aircraft fired multiple rounds at the targeted building, neutralizing the enemy threat. Ground forces then cleared the objective of enemy activity. Upon a search of the objective buildings, they found two additional terrorists killed and two terrorists wounded. They also found four women killed and another wounded as a result of the air strike. Coalition medics immediately administered care to the wounded female, stabilizing her on site before moving her to a nearby medical facility.
Ground forces treated the two wounded terrorists for minor injuries and detained them. Weapons and a global positioning system were also found in the target building.
Coalition forces strive to mitigate risks to civilians while in pursuit of terrorists. Terrorists continue to deliberately place innocent Iraqi women and children in danger by their actions and presence.
Information Source: Multi-National Force-Iraq