Coalition Forces Rout al Qaeda Elements South of Ramadi

More news of successes in Iraq that you won’t get from the MSM:

July 3, 2007

Coalition Forces Rout al Qaeda Elements South of Ramadi

Twenty-three terrorists killed after massing on Donkey Island

Ramadi and Donkey Island. Click to view.

U.S. Army forces, with the help of Iraqi police, beat back an attempted al Qaeda in Iraq assault on Ramadi on June 30 and July 1. At least 23 insurgents “affiliated with al Qaeda in Iraq” were killed in a series of raids against Donkey Island, which sits about 3 miles south of Ramadi. “Coalition and Iraqi Security Forces received reports that a significant number of anti-Iraqi forces had gathered on the outskirts of Ramadi to stage a series of large scale attacks,” Multinational Forces Iraq reported. “The group, affiliated with al Qaeda in Iraq, intended to regain a base of operations in Al Anbar with suicide car and vest bomb attacks.”
Major Jeff Pool, the chief Public Affairs Officer for Multinational Force West, stated in an email that Iraqi Police in the region provided the intelligence on the insurgent force at Donkey Island.

……..Major Pool stated that al Qaeda will not concede Anbar province without a fight. “Every assessment I hear says that AQI will not give up Al Anbar even if that means random suicide attacks; anything to keep them relevant.” While it may seem counterintuitive, al Qaeda’s suicide campaign against the tribes and local security forces are what turned the tide against the terror group in Anbar province. “These attacks focusing mainly on Iraqi Security Forces and infrastructure represent acts of desperation on the part of AQI [al Qaeda in Iraq],” Major Pool said. “Al Qaeda suicide attacks against infrastructure or Iraqi police is a set back for AQI not Coalition and Iraqi Security Forces.”

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