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Marines Clash With Fallujah Insurgents for Second Straight Day

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2004 – Marines from the 1st Marine Division are, for the second straight day, engaging several groups of insurgents on the outskirts of Fallujah, Iraq.

Today's engagement began at about 4 p.m. when insurgent forces from within the city fired small arms and mortars at Marines conducting security operations near the city. Marines are countering these attacks with substantial and proportionate ground fires, officials said.

Soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division detained two anti-Iraqi force members during an Oct. 21 raid near Tikrit. The raid was conducted based on information that munitions were stored in the house. The two detainees were taken to a coalition detention facility for questioning. Several weapons were confiscated, including five rocket-propelled grenade launchers, an RPG round, an AK-47 assault rifle, a pistol, 26 AK-47 magazines, four 155 mm artillery rounds and one 60 mm mortar base plate.

Four suspects were detained during an Oct. 21 raid in the town of Zab. The raid was conducted to capture a known improvised-explosive-device manufacturer, officials said. Task Force Danger soldiers found IED-making material and detained the suspects. Three of the four tested positive for explosives, and an explosives-sniffing military working dog alerted on the same three individuals. The four suspects and the IED materials are being held at a coalition facility.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)

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