posted on Oct, 13 2004 @ 05:34 AM
U.S. Forces, Iraqi police, and National Guardsman numbering more than 1000 strong launched two raids in the city of Baqouba. The city north of Baghdad
has been home to several insurgent groups.
BAQOUBA, Iraq - More than 1,000 U.S. troops, Iraqi police and Iraqi National Guardsmen launched two simultaneous raids Wednesday in Baqouba, north of
Baghdad, to clear the area of insurgents before the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan this week.
One of the early morning operations took place just south of Baqouba, in the village of Daliabbas, said Capt. Marshall Jackson, spokesman for the 3rd
Brigade, 1st Infantry Division. Several people were detained, but Jackson had no other information. The other operation also took place in Baqouba
though no location was given.
"Basically, it"s a pre-Ramadan operation just to clear up some of the area around Baqouba," Jackson said.
No fighting was reported in either operation. U.S. troops have been scouting the area to find out more about militants ahead of Ramadan
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This along with other recent raids are being carried out to clear the areas prior to the start of Ramadan. There has been no reports of fighting with
these raid as of yet and several people have been taken into custody.