News: UPDATE: Coalition forces positively identify terrorist killed in operation Sunday
BAGHDAD, Iraq – A terrorist killed during an operation Feb. 17 has been positively identified as Abu Karrar.
Karrar, also known as Arkan Khalaf Khudayyir, was a senior intelligence leader involved in the al-Qaida in Iraq network in Baqouba. He was also a terrorist facilitator for the suicide bombing network in the Diyala River Valley region, which conducts attacks in Baghdad, to include attacks by female suicide bombers. Reports indicate the network has been disrupted by recent successful coalition operations in the area.
Karrar was killed when coalition forces conducted an operation near Khan Bani Sad Sunday afternoon. As coalition forces arrived in the target area, they observed Karrar and another suspect fleeing their vehicle. Karrar brandished a weapon with the perceived intent to fire on coalition forces. The assault force engaged, killing both men. Coalition forces discovered an AK-47 and ammunition in the vehicle, and they destroyed the vehicle to prevent further use for terrorist activity.
"Iraqi and coalition forces will relentlessly pursue terrorist leaders, like Abu Karrar, who plan al-Qaida's indiscriminate attacks on innocent civilians," said Maj. Winfield Danielson, MNF-I spokesman.