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Iraq Operations Net Multiple Suspects and Several Bombs

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 23, 2005 – Coalition and Iraqi forces nabbed 31 suspects and discovered several bombs in operations across Iraq conducted between Oct. 21 and today.

During raids on safe houses, coalition forces killed two suspected terrorists in Mosul on Oct. 22, and detained 22 others near Ramadi today.

Coalition forces found the safe house in Mosul empty when they arrived. However, they were engaged by terrorists occupying two nearby houses. Coalition forces assaulted both houses and were attacked with grenades and small-arms fire. During the firefight, they killed the two terrorists and several others fled.

Based on multiple intelligence sources, coalition forces launched a series of raids on al Qaeda safe houses in Ramadi used to hide terrorists and launch attacks against Iraqi security and coalition forces. The raids netted the 22 suspected terrorists.

In Baghdad, Task Force Baghdad soldiers detained three suspects and found six roadside bombs before they could be detonated.

Iraqi police found a potential bomb in the Bayaa district of southern Baghdad today. They took charge of the device consisting of a 120 mm shell with TNT and small bottles of gas with nails.

Another U.S. patrol found a bomb consisting of two 155 mm rounds in a fuel can on a road southeast of Baghdad today. The soldiers secured the area and called in an explosive ordnance disposal team to destroy the bomb.

Responding to a mortar attack north of Baghdad on Oct. 22, a U.S. patrol stopped a suspicious vehicle in the area. The occupants had been seen retrieving an object from a bush along the road. A search of the vehicle turned up a video camera and footage recording the mortar impacts. Two individuals were detained for further questioning.

Earlier in the day, another Task Force Baghdad unit patrolling Bayaa detained a suspected terrorist who was carrying a loaded rocket-propelled grenade launcher.

In east Abu Ghraib on Oct. 22, Task Force Baghdad soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, discovered a bomb made from two 120 mm mortar rounds.

Another bomb was discovered by the battalion in the same area several hours later. An explosive ordnance disposal team destroyed both bombs.

About an hour later, soldiers from 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry, attached to 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, and soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 3rd Iraqi Army Brigade, discovered a 155 mm round in west Abu Ghraib which appeared to be a bomb in the making.

Bomb experts removed the ordnance from the area.

On the afternoon of Oct. 22, soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, discovered a vehicle near the same area of Abu Ghraib containing two 30-pound propane tanks and five 120 mm mortar rounds. After the area was secured, explosive experts destroyed what was determined to be a car bomb.

Also on Oct. 22, Iraqi army troops from the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 7th Iraqi Army Division, detained two men in Rawah when one of their names was a match on a suspect list and they failed to produce a proper car title. The troops were operating a checkpoint when they encountered the two men.

Task Force Baghdad soldiers also halted several terrorist attacks in and around Baghdad before they could be carried out Oct. 21.

One patrol south of Baghdad found two 130 mm rounds with wires leading from the road to a nearby house. Within minutes, the patrol found a second roadside bomb. The soldiers secured the site and discovered an individual hiding in the bushes. He and another individual were detained.

Later in the day, a patrol operating west of Baghdad spotted and engaged three terror suspects preparing to fire a rocket-propelled grenade. The terrorists dropped the weapon and ran.

Task Force Baghdad soldiers gave chase and caught one individual. During the pursuit, they also found a bomb.

Another unit conducting combat operations in northwest Baghdad found a bomb consisting of two 155 mm rounds buried and wired for remote-controlled detonation.

Explosives ordnance teams destroyed both devices. In the skies over Iraq, coalition aircraft flew 50 close-air-support and armed-reconnaissance sorties supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

U. S. Air Force F-16s and Navy F/A-18s provided close air support to coalition troops in the vicinities of Musayyib, Baghdad, Basrah and Samarra.

Ten Air Force and Navy Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Iraq. U.S. Air Force and British Royal Air Force fighter aircraft also performed in a non-traditional ISR role with their electro-optical and infrared sensors.

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

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