Thursday, April 24, 2008

Good News from Iraq: 24 Apr 2008

From MNF-I, Soldiers deter IED strike, detain emplacers (Baghdad).

BAGHDAD – Coalition forces detained three Iraqi men in the early morning hours of April 23, after two of the three were spotted emplacing an improvised explosive device on a main supply route.

Surveillance assets witnessed two men emplacing an IED on the shoulder of the road April 22.

The surveillance assets then saw the men on a nearby rooftop, over-watching the IED position as a Coalition convoy approached.

Multi-National Division – Center Soldiers with 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division worked with 3rd BCT, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), to stop the convoy before it struck the IED and to pursue the men who planted the roadside bomb.

Shortly after midnight April 23, Battery D, 1st Battalion, 76th Field Artillery, confirmed the bomb’s location, stopping the convoy before it hit the pressureoperated IED.

The suspected criminals were seen moving through an open field toward a house.

Soldiers from 8th Cavalry Regiment pursued the men and raided the house.

They detained the two suspects along with another man who was in the building.

Currency worth approximately $80,000 dollars - including $30,000 in U.S. dollars - was found with the detainees. The detainees are being held for questioning.

The IED was detonated while under examination by the route clearance team from 320th Field Artillery, 3rd BCT, 101st Abn. Div. (AASLT).

No injuries or damage resulted from the detonation.