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Iraqi, Multinational Forces Hunt Insurgents, Weapons

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 4, 2005 – Iraqi and multinational forces have increased the hunt for insurgents and the explosive weapons used in their attacks.

Multinational Force Iraq forces continue to discover and clear improvised explosive devices and weapons caches, and conduct cordon-and-search operations of sites suspected of being used by anti-Iraqi fighters.

Dozens of suspected anti-Iraqi fighters have been detained in recent days.

Following are summaries of several military operations that have taken place since Jan. 3.

Two cordon-and-search operations in Duluiyah, north of Baghdad, resulted in the capture of 11 suspected insurgent personnel and the discovery of two weapons and explosives caches.

In operations west of Baghdad, multinational forces discovered two weapons caches and safely defused an improvised explosive device in the vicinity of Abu Ghraib prison.

Multinational forces conducted more than a dozen operations in and around the Baghdad area. These operations led to the detention of 15 suspected insurgent fighters and the discovery and destruction of seven weapons caches, containing a wide variety of weapons and explosives.

Marines from 1st Marine Division discovered several weapons caches during operations throughout Anbar province.

Weapons destroyed included rocket-propelled grenades and launchers, rifles, machine guns, anti-tank mines, plastic explosives and various types of ammunition rounds.

Army soldiers from 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), detained two people wanted for preaching anti-Iraqi rhetoric in northern Iraq.

One detained individual was an imam wanted for inciting violence in southeast Mosul. No injuries were reported during this operation.

Elsewhere, 1st Infantry Division soldiers detained a suspected financier of anti-Iraqi activities at a traffic control point near Tikrit.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)

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