As the military efforts in the Baghdad region continue to make huge gains, joint forces of Iraqi Security and Coalition soldiers have made a number of successful patrols this last week.
On a recent patrol, Joint forces captured terror suspect and killed four terrorists in brief gun fighting. The skirmish was encountered on a raid about 8 miles south of Samarra last Tuesday, and it was a raid that targeted a cell leader of the insurgency.
This was a particularly troublesome cell that is thought to have been controlling a number of Al Qaeda insurgents that had dug in and were difficult to find in the region around Baghdad.
While conducting the raid the Coalition soldiers involved discovered a vast array of weapons in a safe house that had three vehicles surrounding it. As the soldiers approached, the insurgents opened fire, and one was captured while the other four were killed.
There was no loss of life, and no injuries on the part of the joint patrol team.
The weapons ranged from mortar fire equipment and mortar rounds to small arms, and the different weapons, vehicles and explosives were blown up and destroyed in place, left as a testament to the resolve of the Iraqi Security Forces and the Coalition.
In another incident the soldiers of the Multinational Force prevented a kidnapping in Baghdad last Sunday because of the quick thinking tip from an Iraqi Citizen.
A citizen reported that several armed men were driving around in a black car and appeared to be armed with rifles. The vehicle was located and pulled over, and the soldiers heard a pounding in the rear of the vehicle.
A search of the vehicle discovered a man bound and gagged in the vehicle trunk. He was released and the four occupants of the car arrested and held for questioning.