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Four Insurgents Killed, Three Detained; Troops Seize Weapons

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2006 – A combined U.S. and Iraqi patrol killed four insurgents yesterday, and in separate incidents Feb. 2, a U.S. team seized a weapons cache west of Fallujah and Multinational Division Baghdad forces detained three suspected terrorists, Multinational Force Iraq officials reported today.

The insurgents were killed after they opened fire on U.S. Marines and Iraqi soldiers patrolling along the Euphrates River south of Hit. The combined patrol was conducting a cache sweep when the insurgents attacked with small-arms fire, officials said. U.S. and Iraq troops returned fire, killing four insurgents and detaining three others for questioning. One of the insurgents killed was wearing a suicide vest.

The patrol was part of Operation Smokewagon, which began Feb. 2. It's a 2nd Brigade, 7th Iraqi Army Division and 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) operation.

During a Feb. 2 combat patrol west of Fallujah, soldiers with the Illinois National Guard and Marines from 2nd Marine Logistics Group (Forward) secured a weapons cache. The cache included mortar systems, rounds and fuses, rockets, explosives, hand grenades, land mines, artillery primers, illumination rounds, rocket-propelled-grenade rounds, anti-aircraft rounds, and machine guns. This cache was the eleventh these servicemembers, who make up Task Force Blackhawk, have discovered in a 13-day period, officials said.

That same day, Multinational Division Baghdad's 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, detained a suspected terrorist south of Baghdad. Acting on a tip from a local citizen, a patrol searched the suspect's house and found a mortar sight and possible bomb-making materials.

In a separate incident, 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Soldiers detained two suspects in connection with the detonation of two roadside bombs southeast of Baghdad. The suspects had spotting scopes and bomb-initiating timers in their possession.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq and Multinational Division Baghdad news releases.)

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