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Eight Suspects Detained in Iraq; Forces Find 30 Weapons Caches

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, March 11, 2006 – Iraqi and coalition forces detained eight suspects today in a joint operation in Baghdad. The men are suspected of kidnapping, manufacturing car bombs, and financing and supporting terrorists, officials said.

Four men were detained at the Al Khayr Mosque Complex, identified as a possible al Qaeda safe haven, and the others were detained from sites raided during the operation. Iraqi forces led the joint operation and discovered several rooftop fighting positions, AK-47s and Molotov cocktails.

In other news, over an 11-day period, U.S. and Iraqi servicemembers together have discovered 30 hidden weapons caches in Baqubah, Iraq, officials said yesterday. The U.S. servicemembers are from the 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Task Force Band of Brothers, and the Iraqi soldiers are with the 1st Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 5th Iraqi Army Division.

Each discovered cache prevents enemy forces from wounding or killing civilians and military members, officials said.

Elsewhere, Iraqi army marksmen, supported by soldiers from Multinational Division Baghdad, killed five terrorists planting roadside bombs north of Taji, Iraq, March 9. Iraqi and coalition troops recovered two 130 mm artillery rounds and one AK-47 rifle from the terrorists, officials said.

Additionally, a large car bomb near the Al Yarack hospital detonated March 9, wounding four civilians and destroying three vehicles in central Baghdad. Iraqi soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 5th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, along with Iraqi police, secured the area. The wounded were treated and taken to a nearby medical facility for further observation.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)

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