2 captured during Operation Geronimo Strike III

4th Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs
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Date: 07.12.2007
Posted: 07.12.2007 10:24
News ID: 11239
2 Captured During Operation Geronimo Strike III

4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division<br /> <br /> KALSU, Iraq – Paratroopers from Strike Force Geronimo detained two suspected al-Qaida insurgents during an air assault and raid, July 10, northwest of Iskandariyah.<br /> <br /> Paratroopers from Company A, 3rd Battalion, 509th Airborne, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division conducted Operation Geronimo Strike III in order to capture members of an al-Qaida cell wanted in connection with the kidnapping of three American Soldiers and other attacks against Iraqi and coalition forces.<br /> <br /> "Tonight, we conducted an air assault into the Jurf As Sukr area looking for two high level targets - some of the guys involved in the missing Soldiers incident," said Capt. Matthew Gregory, commander of Company A and a Charlotte, N.C., native. "This is an area that coalition forces had not been to in a little while. This shows them we have the ability to get in places they thought they were safe and get them where they live."<br /> <br /> In addition to capturing the cell members, the operation netted two AK-47 assault rifles, eight fully loaded magazines, two hand grenades and a ski mask.<br /> <br /> "Going after the worst of the worst is what Operation Geronimo Strike was designed to do," said 1st Lt. John Lafferty, a platoon leader with Company A, from Valdese, N.C. "There are guys who are on the fence, and when they hear we're capturing their leadership, we have a better chance of stabilizing the government and legitimizing the security forces here."<br /> <br /> The insurgents are being held for further questioning.<br /> <br /> The weapons and ammunition were confiscated for use in the investigation.<br />