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U.S., Iraqi Forces Detain More Suspected Insurgents

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 13, 2005 – U.S. troops and Iraqi security forces continue to detain suspected insurgents in the Baghdad, Mosul and Tikrit areas of Iraq.

On Jan. 12 in northern Iraq, members of the 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), and Iraqi security forces detained 13 people wanted for insurgent activity:

  • Three people wanted for insurgent activity in the village of Shekan were detained during a cordon-and-search operation by soldiers of the 102nd Iraqi National Guard. The driver of a vehicle that earlier had fired a mortar round at Iraqi Guardsmen was stopped and detained at a checkpoint east of Mosul. No one was injured during the incidents.

  • Acting on a tip from an Iraqi citizen, two people suspected of planting roadside bombs were detained during a cordon-and- search operation in Hamam Al Alil. Another three suspected insurgents were detained south of Hatra.

  • Soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, detained four individuals during cordon-and-search operations in eastern and southeastern Mosul.

Two suspects were detained when members of the 10th Mountain Division "Commandos" conducted a search of the Khashab mosque in western Baghdad on Jan. 12 aimed at capturing insurgents believed responsible for assassinating the governor of Baghdad. Insurgent propaganda was found in the mosque.

The search was planned based on intelligence gathered from numerous citizens in the Hurriyah neighborhood of Baghdad, officials said. Residents witnessed insurgents leaving from the mosque then fleeing to the mosque after the assassination.

Weapons, ammunition and bomb-making equipment were confiscated, and five people were detained by 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team) soldiers in northern Iraq on Jan. 12.

Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, discovered a cache of weapons and ammunition at a house south of Mosul and detained three people. Soldiers of the same unit discovered found a large amount of dynamite in a vehicle at a checkpoint in Hammam Al Alil. The two vehicle passengers were detained and remain in custody.

An aerial observation aircraft identified suspicious activity near a home in Ash Sharqat, and soldiers from 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment, swooped in and detained a suspected insurgent.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)

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