9 years, 6 months ago
As I discussed in Iraq: al Qaeda’s Quagmire, Reorganizations and Defections Within the Insurgency in Iraq and Al Qaeda’s Miscalculation, al Qaeda and affiliated fighters and foreign terrorist elements are taking a pounding by U.S. forces in Iraq. These kinetic operations continued today from Ramadi to Tikrit to Tarmiyah.
Coalition forces killed three terrorists Saturday while conducting an operation to deny sanctuary to al-Qaeda in Iraq and foreign terrorists Southwest of Samarra. During the course of operations, Coalition forces observed an individual, who emerged from the target area, get into a nearby boat and meet up with another boat carrying several individuals. Coalition forces further observed the group beginning to transfer equipment and weapons. Perceiving hostile intent, supporting aircraft engaged, killing three terrorists. The ground force discovered a cache of weapons on site.
South of Samarra Sunday, Coalition forces captured an associate of an al-Qaeda in Iraq network believed to be responsible for trafficking funds to senior terrorist leaders. Reports indicate the individual has made numerous recent attempts to communicate with the terrorist leaders. In addition to the targeted individual, five suspected terrorists were detained during the operation.
Coalition forces also conducted an operation in Ramadi targeting associates of an al-Qaeda in Iraq network reportedly involved in foreign terrorist facilitation. Three suspects were detained on site without incident.
In other operations, Coalition forces captured a wanted individual and seven other suspected terrorists south of Tarmiyah. The targeted individual is reportedly a close associate of the leader of a terrorist network operating in the region. Intelligence reports led the ground force to the target area where the individual identified himself.
Farther north in Tikrit, Coalition forces detained three suspects while targeting an associate of a senior leader of an al-Qaeda network operating outside of Iraq who is attempting to reside in Mosul.
But in order for the advances to be permanent, something else must take the place of U.S. kinetic operations. Solution? Concerned citizens. One reason for al Qaeda’s misadventure in Iraq is armed and concerned citizens. Many Somalians and Syrians have been in Haditha (close to the border) and elsewhere in Iraq, but Between Baghdad and Arab Jabour:
“The al Qaeda that’s here is not guys … from Syria or Somalia. They are local people who grew up here,