Coalition Detains 18 Suspects in Al Rasheed Attack
By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2003 - Coalition personnel conducted raids
Sunday in and around Baghdad, Iraq, and detained 18 men suspected
of taking part in the Oct. 26 Al Rasheed Hotel missile attack,
a Pentagon spokesman said.
About two dozen other men who may have played a part in the attack
or may be involved in other anti-coalition activities also were
Soldiers of the 1st Armored
Division conducted the raids. Officials said the investigation
into the attack on the hotel will continue.
The Al Rasheed housed many coalition personnel in Baghdad's "green
zone." The attackers placed missiles inside a generator housing
and placed it in a nearby park. Eight to 12 missiles hit the hotel,
killing one Army officer and wounding 16 personnel.
The raids were just part of a busy weekend for coalition forces
in Iraq. On Friday and Saturday, Air Force F-16s dropped precision-guided
bombs on targets in Tikrit and Fallujah -- hotbeds of anti-coalition
activity. Officials said the bombs targeted weapons caches and
the lairs of anti-coalition forces.
On Saturday, coalition personnel detained a man believed to be
one of Saddam Hussein's bodyguards. Officials said the man was
detained without incident. He was believed to be fomenting anti-coalition
attacks in the region. Found with the man was an AK-47 assault
weapon, a machine pistol, a rifle, a shotgun and about 1,000 rounds
of 7.62 mm ammunition.
In Ramadi, 82nd Airborne Division soldiers and the Florida National Guard's 1st
Battalion 124th Infantry continued to put pressure on anti-coalition
forces in the Baathist Triangle area. Paratroopers conducted 168
patrols, two raids and three cordon and search missions Sunday.
Officials said the actions netted 39 detainees.
The Florida Guardsmen killed one enemy combatant and wounded
two others in a raid near Ramadi. The soldiers also detained 17
individuals and captured arms, including three AK-47s. No coalition
personnel were injured.
Soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division also
conducted raids in and around Mosul in the north of the country.
Working with newly trained Iraqi police, the soldiers detained
13 men and uncovered an arms cache.
Also, the Iraqi Border Patrol apprehended two smugglers on the
Iraq-Syria border for attempting to move 15 barrels of gasoline
across the border on nine donkeys.
These actions were not without their costs. A 1st Armored Division
soldier was killed Nov. 8 and another was wounded when their vehicle
was struck by an improvised explosive device in Baghdad.
In another action, an 18th Military Police Brigade soldier
was killed in a rocket-propelled grenade attack west of Iskandariyah,
Names of those killed and wounded are being withheld, pending
notification of next of kin.