Monday, November 21, 2005

In the Sandbox...

Task Force Baghdad Soldiers Defeat Terrorists in Suburb
Spc. Adam Musil
2nd Brigade Combat Team PAO

"BAGHDAD -- Task Force Baghdad Soldiers successfully repelled a terrorist attack near Jisr Diyala Nov. 15.

Two terrorists were killed, one was wounded and two suspects were detained after the exchange of fire in the Baghdad suburb. There were no American casualties.

“We received small-arms and rocket-propelled grenade fire from the edge of a small village. We immediately placed well-aimed fire on the enemy and killed one and severely wounded another,” said Capt. Michael Burgoyne, commander of C Troop, 3rd Squadron, 7th Cavalry.

Iraqi Police evacuated the wounded terrorist to a nearby medical facility.

“We could see the terrorists trying to maneuver on us and they were attempting to mix with civilians who were in the area. We used good weapons discipline to engage the terrorists without hitting the civilians,” said 2nd Lt. Arnold Lee, a platoon leader in C Troop.

After engaging the enemy, the Troopers moved into the village to search for more terrorist activity.

“The Squadron massed forces for the most effectiveness,” said Lt. Col. Michael Johnson, 3/7 Cav. commander. “All elements of the Squadron were able to provide the necessary assistance for this mission.”

In the town, the troopers conducted a hasty cordon and search.

“One terrorist tried to escape in a van and was killed,” Burgoyne said.

During the search for more terrorists, two additional suspects were detained.

“I think (the terrorists) were testing us. I imagine the only thing they will have learned by this is that they should not provoke us with small-arms fire; the outcome is almost always certain when terrorists try to engage us -- they die,” said Col. Joseph DiSalvo, commander of Coalition Forces in east Baghdad." (CentCom newswire)

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