Thursday, February 22, 2007

US success in Iraq / Iraqi citizens getting involved

The American Forces Press Service reported Iraqi citizens are beginning to start fighting back.

Iraqi citizens & police force are starting to set up road blocks to keep al Qaeda and insurgents out of their towns.

Too bad we never hear the MSM reporting the successes our troops and Iraqi's are beginning to have. I wonder why we don't hear more about the positive effects the "surge in troops" is having?

Reposted from Global Security -

WASHINGTON, Feb. 21, 2007 – Coalition forces killed seven terrorists and detained 13 others, and local citizens and Iraqi police denied an al Qaeda convoy entry into a village over the last two days in Iraq.

In other developments, coalition forces killed seven terrorists and detained 13 others while performing raids today targeting al Qaeda terrorists and those supporting foreign fighters and car-bomb cells.

Coalition forces in an area northwest of Ramadi targeted a building believed to house terrorists involved with foreign fighter activities. Ground forces killed two armed terrorists who confronted them and refused to surrender.....

Meanwhile, four more terrorists were attempting to flee the area. Coalition forces saw they were armed with AK-47s, hand grenades and vests containing magazines. After multiple failed attempts to get the terrorists to surrender, coalition forces killed the four terrorists.

Ground forces detained seven suspected terrorists at the site and destroyed the weapons and grenades. Also on the scene were 13 women and 26 children, none of whom were harmed during the raid.

Elsewhere, local citizens and Iraqi police denied an al Qaeda in Iraq convoy entry into Jumaylah, 60 kilometers west of Baghdad, yesterday, firing on the convoy and detonating a suicide truck bomb that injured one Iraqi police officer, one civilian and the bomber.

An Iraqi officer reported that terrorists seeking a safe haven within the town near Karmah had been threatening the citizens over the past several months. The citizens responded by forming a checkpoint within the town to deny al Qaeda any sanctuary.

At about 4 a.m., an Iraqi policeman attempted to stop a seven-vehicle convoy from entering the town. When the convoy continued, local civilians manning the checkpoint opened fire and one vehicle equipped as a car bomb exploded.

The driver of the vehicle used as a car bomb survived... he was later identified as a Syrian national. Whole Report

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq and Multinational Corps Iraq news releases)

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