Monday, August 07, 2006

Mosul Police defeat terrorist attack

Release Date: 8/7/2006
Release Number: 06-08-07P

Description: MOSUL, Iraq -- Mosul police officers and Iraqi soldiers defeated a complex attack by terrorists in eastern Mosul Friday morning. The attack included a suicide bomber using a vehicle-borne improvided explosive device, several IEDs and small arms fire.

The Iraqi Security Forces were led by the Iraqi police officers and supported by Iraqi Army soldiers from 1st Battalion, 4thnd Iraqi Army Division. Additionally, Coalition Forces Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT), 2nd Infantry Division (Arrowhead Brigade) responded to the attack in support of the Iraqi Police and Iraqi Army. Brigade, 2

Initial news reports from several news agencies that claimed more than 20 Iraqi policemen were killed were incorrect. Several news organizations were incorrect indicating that Nineveh Provincial Director of Police, General Wathiq, was killed in the attack. General Wathiq spoke to several news agencies via telephone interviews following the attack to confirm he was uninjured and to provide information related to the attack.

In total, six Iraqi Police officers including an Iraqi Police Battalion Commander from the 3rd Emergency Response Battalion (ERB) and one local resident were killed in the attack. Seven Iraqi Policemen and four local residents were wounded in the attack. No coalition Soldiers were injured in the fighting.

The 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT), 2nd Infantry Division from Fort Lewis, Washington replaced the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team that had been operating in the Ninevah Province for the past year.

The Arrowhead Brigade is combat tested and was the first Stryker Brigade to serve in Iraq while operating in the NinevahProvince from November 2003 to October 2004. Almost half of the Soldiers currently in the brigade are veterans of the brigade’s first deployment.

The Arrowhead Stryker Brigade officially took control of the Ninevah Province on August 5th from the 172nd SBCT in a short Transfer of Authority Ceremony at Forward Operating Base Marez in Mosul.

Note: Text provided by the 138th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Task Force Band of Brothers, Multinational Force-North. For more information, please contact DAVID.ALBANO@US.ARMY.MIL. This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it

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