MOSUL, Iraq – A man described as a key local Baath Party figure plotting against coalition and Iraqi authorities was killed and eight people were captured during a raid by U.S. and Iraqi forces, the U.S. military said Monday.
Capt. Brian Cope, spokesman of the 2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, identified the dead man only as Abu Fares. Cope said the man was killed before dawn Sunday when he and others opened fire on U.S. and Iraqi forces during a raid. An Iraqi woman was injured in the raid, Cope said.
He said those arrested were “a combination of former regime loyalists and active cells” that were “currently plotting against the coalition as well as the local government and local police.”
Cope described Abu Fares as a Baath Party figure and suspected leader of “an organization that is plotting against both the coalition and the local government.”