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U.S., Iraqi Forces Detain Suspects, Seize Weapons

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2006 – Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers detained 10 suspects and discovered weapons during several operations in and around Baghdad on Feb. 4, military officials in Iraq reported today.

Iraqi soldiers participated in one operation that resulted in the discovery of a bomb-making cell.

Elements of the 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, conducted a cordon-and-search operation to locate a suspect who has been linked to crimes against coalition forces. The suspect was detained south of Baghdad.

In another operation, the 1st Battalion, 66th Armored Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, detained two suspects whom a local Iraqi citizen helping coalition forces identify possible roadside bomb emplacements had pointed out. The detainees are suspected of masterminding a roadside-bomb attack on coalition forces Feb. 2.

While conducting a route-clearance operation southwest of Baghdad, elements of the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Infantry Division, found a vehicle containing rocket-propelled-grenade rounds, roadside bomb-making materials and a cell phone. The patrol also found 50-pound bags of ammonium nitrate, a chemical compound used in making roadside bombs, in a house near the vehicle.

An explosive ordnance disposal team was called to the scene and performed a controlled detonation to eliminate the threats.

In another incident, elements of the 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, found roadside bombs northwest of Baghdad.

A primary device, consisting of a 130 mm round with red detonation cord, was found. A secondary device, consisting of 152 mm artillery rounds, was found 50 feet in front of the primary device.

EOD performed a controlled detonation on three of the rounds and recovered the other round. Responding to a tip from and Iraqi citizen, soldiers from 2nd Brigade, 9th Iraqi Army Division, and Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers found a bomb-making cell north of Baghdad.

The Iraqi unit, supported by the 7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, conducted a search of a house and found rifles, a pistol and bomb-making materials including circuit boards, spools of copper and aluminum wire, soldering irons and triggering devices. Soldiers also detained seven suspected terrorists.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)

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