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Iraq: IED Attack (XVI) Against Iraqi Military Vehicle - November 2007

 

Background

 

“Al-Qaeda fighters have been pushed toward eastern and northern Iraq where violence is now the highest in the country despite an overall decline in attacks, a senior US officer said Monday. ‘What you see is that the enemy is shifting,’ Major General Mark Hertling, the new commander of Multi-National Division North, told reporters here via video link from Iraq. […] ‘Whereas all types of attacks, but specifically IEDs (improvised explosive devices) have decreased throughout Iraq ... the north has the highest number of attacks in all of Iraq,’ Hertling said. The general said bombs account for more than half the attacks in his area of responsibility, but their number has dropped sharply in recent months from 1,830 in June to 900 in October. […]”

 

Excerpt of an Agence France Presse article from November 19th, 2007.

IED hits military vehicle in Mosul

 

The Video

 

 

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War Scenes from Mosul

U.S. raid in Iraqi house

Robert Gates in Mosul

Aftermath of IED attack

Video & Photo Credits

 

Background

 

1) The video was distributed over the Internet by the insurgent group “Islamic State of Iraq” in early December 2007. According to an accompaning statement to the video, the attack featured a new type of roadside bomb, which had been manufactured by the group.

 

War Scenes from Mosul

 

1) A woman comforts her child as soldiers from Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division search the home for a man they suspect is affiliated to al-Qaida in Mosul - May 3rd, 2007 - Maya Alleruzzo/Associated Press;

2) U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is introduced to soldiers by Army Maj. Gen. Mark Hertling, commanding general of Multi-National Division North, after arriving at Mosul airfield. Gates made an unannounced visit to Iraq on Wednesday to urge Iraqi leaders to take advantage of a lull in violence to enact measures aimed at reconciling warring communities. - December 5th, 2007  - Haraz N./Reuters;

3) The wreckage of a vehicle used in a car bomb attack lies on a road in central Mosul. A parked car bomb killed three people, including a woman, and wounded 16 others, including four policemen, when it targeted a police patrol in Mosul, police said. - November 18th, 2007 - Stringer/Reuters;

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