Soldiers from the 2nd Iraqi Army Division, with U.S. Special Forces as advisers, detained 23 suspected al-Qaeda in Iraq terrorists during an intelligence-driven raid in Sharqat September 29th.
Acting on intelligence, Iraqi Soldiers raided targeted locations in Sharqat to disrupt a meeting between al-Qaeda in Iraq leadership. The meeting was held to elect a new emir since their previous one, Sabah Abdul-Rahman Abosh, was killed by Iraqi and Coalition Forces in a firefight Sept. 28. The detainees are suspected of conducting terrorist attacks in the area.
While leaving the targeted location the forces were attacked simultaneously with three improvised explosive devices. The forces then began to receive small-arms fire from multiple insurgents who were attempting to flee the area. The Soldiers returned fire, and detained two armed insurgents.
Six AK-47 assault rifles and associated ammunition, four pistols, one shotgun, office equipment, VHS tapes and various identification cards were confiscated during the operation.