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Terror Suspects Killed, Captured

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2005 – Task Force Freedom soldiers killed several terrorists and detained four suspected terrorists in their Iraq areas of operation today and Aug. 24, officials reported today.

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Weapons and bomb-making materials were discovered by Iraqi security forces from the 2nd Public Order Brigade and U.S. Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, while searching a suspected terrorist's house in east Baghdad on Aug. 20. U.S. Army photo

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The soldiers, from 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment also seized explosives and other materials used to demolish an Iraqi army vehicle in eastern Mosul on Aug. 24. They also confiscated explosives for future destruction and reported no injuries.

Four other individuals suspected of terrorist activity were detained by soldiers from 2nd Squadron, 14th Armored Cavalry Regiment, during separate operations south of Tall Ath Thawr and in Rawah on Aug. 24.

In Baghdad, Iraqi security forces responded to two separate incidents where police and civilians were attacked by anti-Iraq forces on Aug. 24, according to a multinational forces report.

Soldiers with 4th Battalion, 1st Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, tracked and killed two of the attackers and captured another suspect, who had attacked a Baghdad police station with small-arms fire.

In another incident, insurgents armed with rocket-propelled grenades attacked an Iraqi policeman and a civilian in their vehicles. Iraqi police pursued those suspects, killing one attacker.

Iraqi soldiers with 1st Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 2nd Iraqi Army Division, uncovered a 152 mm artillery shell beneath a dirt mound in Mosul.

In a related incident, Iraqi soldiers found 14 artillery rounds one kilometer northwest of the Kirkuk traffic circle.

Coalition aircraft reported flying 52 close-air support and armed reconnaissance sorties on Aug. 24 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom ground troops.

Earlier in the month, Iraqi security forces and Task Force Baghdad soldiers captured a suspected bomb emplacer, three suspected kidnappers and six other terror suspects in a series of combat operations carried out Aug. 20, officials reported.

All 10 suspects were thought to be involved in planning and carrying out numerous attacks against Iraqi civilians, Iraqi security forces and Task Force Baghdad soldiers.

Combined forces from the Iraqi 2nd Public Order Brigade and U.S. soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, worked together to catch a terror suspect preparing to use an improvised explosive device in east Baghdad.

Acting on a tip from an Iraqi citizen, the combined force apprehended the suspect at his house. A search there uncovered a 155 mm artillery shell, TNT, bomb-making materials, detonators, AK-47 assault rifles, a pistol and anti-coalition propaganda.

Acting on another tip, Task Force Baghdad soldiers took three kidnapping suspects into custody for questioning while searching two houses in south Baghdad.

Later, terrorists fired mortar rounds at an installation in south Baghdad. Soldiers on the post responded quickly and saw a white bongo truck fleeing the site where the attack originated. A patrol followed the truck to a house in southwest Baghdad and captured four attackers.

When the soldiers seized two AK-47s, a sub-machine gun and 1,000 rounds of ammunition.

Later, soldiers from the 126th Military Police Company patrolling in the Ghazaliyah district of west Baghdad saw a man firing a weapon out of his vehicle. The MPs stopped and searched the vehicle, and found three fake identification cards, two pistols, two license plates and ammunition. The suspect was taken into custody for questioning.

Coalition forces also raided another terrorist safe house and detained a man believed to be the leader of a terror cell operating in southeast Baghdad.

Based on information provided by an informant, a drug dealer with ties to the insurgency was captured during a U.S. raid in the Taji area on Aug. 7, officials reported Aug 23.

Soldiers from B Company, 1st Battalion, 115th Infantry Regiment, raided three houses based on an Iraqi citizen's tip. The soldiers are assigned to 1st Battalion, 118th Field Artillery, 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division.

U.S. troops found drug paraphernalia and large quantities of narcotics in the first home they searched. Soldiers also found anti-Iraqi forces propaganda in the other two homes and detained two additional men for their suspected participation in terrorist activities.

"Local citizens pointed out someone suspicious to us because they didn't want drug dealers and terrorists in their neighborhood," said Col. David Bishop, commander of the 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq, U.S. Central Command Air Forces Forward, and Task Force Baghdad news releases.)

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