Monday, November 12, 2007

Good News from Iraq: 12 Nov 2007

From MNF-I, Iraqi Volunteers Flush Terrorists Out of their Neighborhoods.

FOB KALSU — A Concerned Local Citizens (CLC) group played a key role in removing insurgents and their resources from the Hawr Rajab and Arab Jabour regions, Nov. 8.

In Arab Jabour, the group brought a large weapons cache to Soldiers of Company D, 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga., conducting operations in the area.

The cache consisted of (200) heavy machine gun rounds, two gas masks, three former regime Iraqi Army uniforms, five former regime Iraqi Army flak vests, a notebook, two rolls of command wire, a 57 mm projectile, half a stick of dynamite and one roll of detonation cord.

The rounds, dynamite, projectile, detonation cord and command wire were destroyed in a controlled detonation. The other contents of the cache were collected and taken in for further examination.

“This shows that they (CLC) are doing what they can to safely secure their neighborhood,” said Capt. William Lyles, 1-30th Inf. Regt. battle captain. Lyles, from Hampton, Va., added that the citizens are doing a good job of turning in items insurgents would use.

In Hawr Rajab, a CLC group turned in a 57 mm mortar round to Paratroopers of Troop A, 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th BCT (Airborne), 25th Inf. Div., Fort Richardson, Alaska, at Enduring Control Point 20.

The round was destroyed in a controlled detonation.

Also in Hawr Rajab, Soldiers of the 5th Battalion, 4th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division detained three individuals. The three men were identified by a CLC group as al-Qaeda members and known improvised explosive device emplacers. The men were detained along with (12) magazines with approximately (100) rounds of AK-47 ammunition.

The men are being held for questioning.