Task Force 145: Multiple Strikes On Al-Qaeda Near Ramadi
Task Force-145, the Special OPs unit tasked with countering the efforts of Al-Qeada in Iraq have made multiple strikes against Al-Qaeda units near Ramadi, Iraq.
Via the Iraqi Multinational Force Website:
Coalition Forces initiated a raid May 13 at approximately 11 a.m. in the vicinity of Julaybah, killing three terrorists, detaining four and destroying enemy hide outs and weapons caches while in search of a wanted al-Qaida so-called Emir.Upon arrival in an area identified as a terrorist safe haven approximately 12 kilometers east of Ramadi, the Coalition troops began receiving rifle and machine gun fire. The terrorists then began to launch ineffective mortar fire from across a nearby river. Coalition Forces neutralized both the direct and indirect fire with small arms fire and close air support and simultaneously raided five structures, associated hide outs and vehicles.
After killing three terrorists and detaining four others, the troops conducted a thorough search of the area. They found six affiliated vehicles, three of which were loaded with various weapons and explosives to include rifles, mortars and improvised explosive device material. The troops also uncovered numerous weapons caches with AK-47's, rocket propelled grenades, mortar rounds and IED material.
One Coalition Soldier received a superficial wound to his leg during the fighting but has since returned to duty.
Five safe houses, six cars, and all lethal material were destroyed on target. No civilians were injured or harmed during the assault or resulting firefight.
Coalition Forces are now assessing if the wanted terrorist was either captured or killed during the fighting.