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July 18, 2007

Most Wanted Al Qaeda Leader In Southern Iraq Killed In Precision Strike

Bad day to be a bad guy:

Abu Jurah, an al-Qaeda cell leader, died Saturday in the Arab Jabour area just south of the city after U.S. troops received word that he and 14 others were meeting at a house there, a U.S. statement said.

About an hour later, the 1st Battalion, 9th Field Artillery Regiment fired two Excalibur precision-guided shells at the house, destroying it. An unmanned aerial vehicle saw people leaving the rubble and loading the injured into a vehicle.

An AH-64 Apache helicopter attacked the vehicle and destroyed it, the statement said.

Three people were seen fleeing into a second house, which was destroyed by a U.S. Air Force F-16 jet that dropped two 500-pound guided bombs on it.

Now that's some sweet combined arms -- artillery, UAVs, Apaches, F-16's all hammering these guys from different directions.

I think there's something humorous about every house and vehicles these guys run to blowing up on them. I wonder what the Arabic is for "He hates these cans!"


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