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Coalition Forces Detain 26 in Three Incidents, Find Munitions

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24, 2006 – Coalition forces detained 21 suspected terrorists in Iraq yesterday, while another five suspects were detained and a weapons cache discovered based on an Iraqi citizen’s tip.

Iraqi army and Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers detained 21 suspected terrorists in several incidents around Baghdad.

Soldiers from 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, stopped eight vehicles attempting to speed through a checkpoint south of Baghdad. While searching the vehicles, the soldiers seized illegal weapons and took 13 suspected terrorists into custody.

About three hours later, terrorists attacked soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 4th Brigade, 8th Iraqi Army Division, 30 kilometers south of Baghdad. The terrorists killed an Iraqi soldier after firing on the Iraqi troops with rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns. The soldiers fought off their attackers and detained eight suspected terrorists.

Iron Brigade soldiers also quickly acted on intelligence gathered from an Iraqi citizen to apprehend five suspected insurgents and find a cache of various munitions and weapons yesterday.

The Iraqi informed a patrol from Company A, 1st Battalion, 68th Armor, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Task Force Lightning, about a house used by insurgents to coordinate attacks on Iraqi security and coalition forces.

The patrol approached and surrounded the house, in which they detained five individuals. The patrol found a Russian-made PKC machine gun, AK-47 assault rifles, magazines, mortar rounds taped together, a case of ammunition, projectiles, a bandoleer, and a sniper rifle with a scope. The detainees were brought to Forward Operating Base Warhorse for further questioning.

(Compiled from Multinational Corps Iraq news releases.)

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