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Terror Suspects Detained; IED Cleared in Samarra

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 22, 2005 – Iraqi troops captured and detained three men after being attacked Sept. 21 in western Fallujah, Iraq, military officials reported.

Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 1st Iraqi Intervention Force, were acting in support of coalition forces when they came under small-arms fire at a manned post. The troops withheld fire and dispatched a quick reaction force to the vicinity, from which the estimated 40 rounds of rifle fire originated.

The military-aged male suspects were detained from a large crowd after questioning revealed anti-American propaganda in their possession.

The suspects are being held pending further investigation.

Elsewhere, Iraqi police captured three suspects near Udaim Sept. 21 after coming under small-arms fire.

Police officers returned fire and captured the individuals, who were detained for further questioning by authorities.

In Rawah, Iraqi army troops detained two men for possessing duplicate identification cards Sept. 21.

Soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, 1st Brigade, 1st Iraqi Intervention Force, questioned and detained the individuals during cordon-and-knock operations. In other developments, Iraqi security forces and coalition personnel found and cleared an improvised explosive device Sept. 21 in Samarra.

The bomb consisted of two artillery rounds -- one 122 mm and one 125 mm -- that were partially buried. Red detonation cord was protruding from the fuse wells. No initiating devices were found with the munitions.

Iraqi explosive ordnance personnel secured the rounds for later destruction.

(Compiled from Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq news releases.)

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