Iraqi Citizens Stand Up to Al-Qaeda and Win! (DVIDS Video)

Iraqi orphan children wait to receive presents in the Yarmouk neighborhood in western Baghdad, Iraq, on Friday, Oct. 5, 2007. Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi, gave presents to about one hundred children who lost parents in sectarian violence in Iraq. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohamed, Pool)
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The DVIDS (Digital Video & Imagery Distribution System) of this event is HERE.
– It is pretty obvious when “An air weapons team was called in to pursue the vehicle and later destroyed the truck and killed four terrorists.”

Multi-National Force Iraq reported today on a group of local citizens in Hawr Rajab south of Baghdad who confronted Al Qaeda and along with US forces were able to eliminate the threat:


BAGHDAD – An al-Qaeda in Iraq effort to reestablish a position in the southern Baghdad province town of Hawr Rajab was repulsed when concerned local citizens engaged the terrorists with small-arms fire and called in U.S. forces for assistance Oct. 2.

While two concerned citizens were wounded in fighting and treated at a nearby hospital, four enemy fighters were killed, an additional two wounded, and multiple insurgent weapons destroyed. U.S. forces detained one of the enemy wounded and transported the other for medical treatment at Camp Cropper.

Events began mid-afternoon, when concerned citizens contacted Multi-National Division – Center Soldiers after spotting suspected AQI vehicles in the vicinity of Hawr Rajab. A quick reaction force comprised of Paratroopers from 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, attached to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry. Division responded to the call for assistance.

The U.S. Soldiers moved into town to find the concerned citizens already engaged in small-arms fire with AQI terrorists hiding in a boys’ school. After the brief engagement, the terrorists were observed fleeing the scene in a blue truck.

An air weapons team was called in to pursue the vehicle and later destroyed the truck and killed four terrorists. The engagement also destroyed two AK-47s and a 23 mm anti-aircraft machine gun in the back of the van.

Numerous calls to tips line by Iraqis in the wake of the incident confirmed the identity of the men as AQI.

Thanks to DVIDS for forwarding the video link!

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