Surprise raid leads to arrest of wanted insurgent

Scratch one insurgent's name from the 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment's "most wanted" list.

Though the squadron has not released the name of the detainee, he is being described as a "high value individual" with strong ties to organized crime.

According to the brigade's public affairs office, the detainee is believed to be responsible for the recent increase in IED and indirect fire attacks against coalition forces east of Baghdad. He is also suspected of intimidating Iraqis that work with U.S. forces, as well as kidnapping and murdering rivals of his cell.

The 3-1 Cav, one of the unit's under the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, also arrested four other men over the weekend near the town of Jisr Diyala.

It was there where a 3-1 soldier — Sgt. Allen A. Greka, 29, of Alpena, Mich. — died from wounds sustained from a land mine detonation during a dismounted patrol on July 13.

Leaders from 3-1 Cav gained intelligence Friday that the known insurgent and a number of his associates were within their area of operations.

Soldiers conducted a surprise raid by surrounding the house following a 2-mile walk into the suspected insurgent’s neighborhood. It was well-known to the soldiers that the individual was on the lookout for Army aircraft and would move if he heard helicopters approaching. The 3-1 Cav suffered no injuries in the mission.