Multi-National Division â€“ North Soldiers killed seven terrorists during a firefight east of Khan Bani Saâ€™ad, Iraq, in the early morning hours of Feb. 25.
Soldiers from 2nd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division from Fort Lewis, Wash., were ambushed while conducting an operation to capture a known al-Qaeda in Iraq operative. When the Soldiers closed within 30 feet of the target house, they came under attack by small arms fire and grenades. Three MND-N Soldiers were injured in the initial attack.
The troops, shielding the wounded with their bodies, returned fire, killing three terrorists. A scout weapons team observed several more fighters fleeing the target house and engaged them with rockets, killing four.
Two suspected AQI were detained, including the targeted AQI member.
â€œEveryone fell back on the training, and no one panicked,â€ said Staff Sgt. Carl VanDyke, section leader, 2nd Platoon, Troop C, 2-1 Cav., who was one of the Soldiers involved the attack. â€œEveryone was calm and engaged the enemy bravely. This was an example of great teamwork between the ground and air units.â€
The wounded Soldiers are in stable condition at Coalition hospitals.
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