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Iraqi Army Searches for Missing Soldier; Iraqi Police Detain Terrorists

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 31, 2006 – Iraqi army forces conducted a raid today to search for a missing U.S. soldier in Baghdad, and Iraqi police and coalition forces detained five terrorists in operations Oct. 27 and 28, military officials in Iraq reported.

Special Iraqi army forces, with coalition advisors, detained three people during an operation in Sadr City, Baghdad, today.

The purpose of the mission was to search for a missing U.S. soldier and to capture the leadership of a kidnapping cell reported to have knowledge of the soldier’s location. The soldier has been listed as “duty status-whereabouts unknown” since he was abducted from a relative’s house in the Baghdad area Oct. 23.

Elsewhere, Iraqi policemen and Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers detained five suspected terrorists and seized weapons in Saab Al-Bour Oct. 27 and 28.

A combined patrol of Iraqi policemen and soldiers from the 463rd Military Police Company, attached to the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, detained a suspected terrorist Oct. 27. The patrol arrested the individual after finding a PKC machine gun he had loaded into a refrigerator carried on his donkey cart.

Meanwhile, soldiers from 4th Battalion, 11th Field Artillery Regiment, attached to the 1st BCT, detained an Iraqi citizen Oct. 27 after being attacked by small-arms fire and a rocket-propelled grenade. The patrol returned fire and detained the owner of a gas station in the town where suspected terrorists were seen firing from the roof of the building.

In a separate incident, soldiers from 7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 1st BCT, were attacked by small-arms fire Oct. 28. The soldiers detained three suspected terrorists in connection with the incident.

(Compiled from Multinational Corps Iraq news releases.)

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