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Five Soldiers Hurt in IED Attack

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, July 10, 2005 – Five Task Force Baghdad soldiers were wounded when their patrol of six Humvees struck an improvised explosive device in the Baghdad's Rashid district today, officials reported.

The soldiers were taken to a military hospital and treated for their wounds. All are in stable condition, and the incident is under investigation.

In other news, Iraqi security and coalition forces continue Operation Scimitar, also known as Operation Qmtia, in the Zaidon region southeast of Fallujah.

Today, an improvised explosive device detonated near a military vehicle, and a second IED was discovered during a security patrol. Marines also discovered two weapons caches in Zaidon that included mines, bomb-making material, rockets and assault rifles.

In the past several weeks 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion discovered numerous weapons caches and bomb-making materials in the Zaidon region.

Operation Scimitar follows a series of counterterrorism Marine-initiated operations in Anbar province. These are designed to disrupt terrorist activity and help end their campaign of fear and intimidation against Iraqi citizens, noted officials.

On July 9, Task Force Liberty soldiers conducted a raid near Duluiyah, a small city about 60 miles north of Baghdad, and detained four men suspected of firing mortars at coalition bases.

Civilian tips lead to the raid where Task Force Liberty soldiers seized two 82 mm mortar tubes with bipod assemblies, one mortar base plate and 19 82 mm mortar rounds.

The detainees were taken to a coalition forces base for questioning.

The same day, Iraqi Special Police thwarted a possible terrorist attack against the Kuwaiti Embassy in central Baghdad.

Shortly before 8 a.m. Iraqi Special Police guarding the embassy saw a rocket-propelled grenade round near the building's southeast entrance.

An explosive ordnance disposal team was called to the site to safely remove the round.

In combat operations the same day, Iraqi soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, conducted an operation in Abu Ghraib to seize illegal weapons and bomb-making materials and to disrupt terrorist activities in the area.

The Iraqi soldiers searched house to house for nearly five hours and detained five terror suspects. Also, the soldiers found anti-coalition propaganda and confiscated a car whose trunk was covered in blood.

Iraqi soldiers also detained a terrorist wanted by both the Iraqi Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of the Interior while searching a business district in central Baghdad.

"Iraqi security forces continue to disrupt terrorists and interdict foreign fighters, and provide security for all of Iraq," said Lt. Col. Clifford Kent, a Task Force Baghdad spokesman. "Iraqi security forces are developing the capacity to secure their own country."

At around 4:30 p.m. an Iraqi citizen walked up to the gate of a U.S. military base in southeast Baghdad and told soldiers he'd found some unexploded munitions.

The Iraqi man led soldiers to the site and showed them four 122 mm explosive rounds. A team of explosives experts safely detonated the munitions.

In other operations, Task Force Baghdad soldiers working in and around Baghdad on July 9 found and safely disabled four roadside bombs before terrorists could use them.

A unit from Task Force Baghdad also uncovered a large weapons cache during cordon-and-search operations July 8 and 9 in north Baghdad.

As soldiers excavated the cache sites, they uncovered weapons and ammunition which included the following: 70 rocket-propelled grenades, 38 cases of various ammunition, two mortars, two AK-47 rifles and 13 AK-47 magazines.

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

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