Score Card Update

Yup, already.

Those who claim that we are fighting a war that is "too PC' just aren't keeping score of the number of dead and captured bad guys.  Same thing with the guys who say we can't win or we're doing it wrong.  Funny how the picture changes when you're well informed.  These are press releases from CENTCOM on 23 June:

KIRKUK, Iraq (June 23, 2006) – Iraqi Security Forces freed a woman from her kidnapper and captured nine terror suspects during a series of operations in and around Kirkuk, Iraq yesterday.

While patrolling a Kirkuk neighborhood, Soldiers from the Iraqi Army’s 2nd Battalion were approached by a resident claiming that a woman who had recently been kidnapped was being held in a nearby house. The soldiers quickly moved to the house, where they found the woman and detained the man who was holding her.

The man was taken to an Iraqi Army compound on the outskirts of the city, where he admitted to the crime and then provided information on the whereabouts of his fellow kidnappers. Commanders from the Iraqi battalion coordinated with local police commanders and together the security teams conducted a cordon and search of the neighborhood the men reportedly lived in, resulting in the detention of the three conspirators; the woman was returned to her home in the city.

BAGHDAD – Coalition Forces killed four foreign terrorists and wounded one Iraqi insurgent during a raid approximately 18 km north of Fallujah June 23.

Information gathered from a recent detainee from another operation in this area led the troops to known location of a mid-level terrorist whose cell is involved in the facilitation of foreign fighters and insurgent activities.

The troops immediately received small arms fire upon arriving at the target.  The assault force returned fire, immediately killing two and wounding one.  Two others fled the objective.  Coalition Forces pursued and killed them.

One of the killed terrorists was wearing a 15-pound suicide belt.  Another 15-pound suicide vest was found in a vehicle on the target.  The remaining terrorist, thought to be an Iraqi, claimed the four killed terrorists were foreign fighters who had hired him to support their operations.

Intelligence indicated that the area is saturated with numerous weapons caches, some of them rigged with explosives.  The terrorists were observed earlier in the day loading suspected weapons in trucks and moving them to isolated areas.

Following the attack, Coalition Forces found large amounts of ordnance in and around one of the buildings, to include six loaded AK-47s, 30 AK-47 ammunition magazines, a 60 mm mortar set with 22 mortars, 13 grenades, a PKM machine gun, two MP-5 automatic weapons, and a pistol gripped shotgun.

All weapons and ordnance were destroyed on site.  Coalition aircraft destroyed the buildings after the forces departed the area.

No civilian or Coalition Forces were injured during the operation.

KIRKUK, Iraq (June 23, 2006) – Aviators from the 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, attached the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, and members of the Iraqi Security Forces discovered two weapons caches in and around Kirkuk, Iraq today.

The aviators spotted a possible weapons cache while conducting surveillance missions near Kirkuk and called in the find. A coalition Explosive Ordnance Unit (EOD) team went to the site and recovered 20 120mm artillery shells. The EOD team took the rounds back to the U.S. military compound in Kirkuk and disposed of the rounds in a controlled blast.

The second cache was discovered by two local Iraqi teens who led Iraqi police to its hiding spot in the Taza district of the city.

This cache consisted of 50 30mm anti-aircraft rounds and seven 80mm fuses. The police took the materials back to their headquarters where an Iraqi EOD team disposed of the potentially deadly material.

Iraqi citizens, gaining confidence in their own security forces and tired of the terrorist attacks in their region, continue to step forward with information on weapons caches and terrorists.

BAGHDAD – Coalition Forces detained nine suspected terrorists in the vicinity of Yusufiyah June 18.

Security forces were targeting members of a Tawhid Wa’al Jihad (TWJ) terrorist cell responsible for numerous attacks against Iraqi and coalition forces.

Coalition Forces quickly secured multiple targets in the area and detained the nine suspected terrorists without incident.

Specifically, the individuals targeted were responsible for coordinating the placement of seven remote controlled improvised explosive devices in the Yusufiyah area, of which only one detonated, injuring two Coalition force members.

The other six IEDs were later located and cleared by security forces without any additional injuries.

BAGHDAD – Coalition forces detained a senior al-Qaida in Iraq network member and three suspected terrorists during coordinated raids southwest of Baqubah the morning of June 19.

The terrorist is reportedly a senior al-Qaida cell leader throughout central Iraq, north of Baghdad. He is known to be involved in facilitating foreign terrorists throughout central Iraq, and is suspected of having ties to previous attacks on Coalition and Iraqi forces.

Coalition forces secured multiple buildings and detained the known terrorist plus the three suspected terrorists without incident.  Troops found an AK-47 with several magazines of ammunition and destroyed them all on site.

Several women and children were present at the raid sites.  None were harmed and all were returned to their homes once the troops ensured the area was secure.

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