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Baghdad Raids Grab 13 suspects

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2005 – A series of recent raids conducted by Task Force Baghdad soldiers netted 13 suspected terrorists in western Baghdad.

The 256th Brigade Combat Team of the Louisiana National Guard detained 10 suspects during a four-hour operation today.

Members of the 10th Mountain Division's 2nd "Commando" Brigade Combat Team brought in three suspects Feb. 14 in a series of raids.

The suspects are being detained for further questioning.

In other news, Iraqi soldiers from Public Order Battalion 1 seized a weapons cache in western Fallujah Feb. 14 after receiving a tip from an Iraqi citizen.

The weapons cache consisted of 64 PG-9 warheads, 36 57 mm rounds, 25 152 mm projectiles, 36 OG-7 recoilless rounds, 15 122 mm projectiles, two rocket- propelled grenade-7s, 28 82 mm mortar rounds, 18 60 mm mortar rounds, 35 electric blasting caps, 150 pounds of PE-4, 6,000 23 mm rounds, 3,000 14.5 mm rounds, 4,500 20 mm rounds, 50 feet of detonation cord and a 14.5 mm anti- aircraft gun.

Over the last 24 hours, Marines and soldiers from the 1st Marine Division of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force detained four suspected insurgents and seized several weapons caches during operations throughout Anbar province.

Weapons and munitions taken during the operation included an AK-47 automatic rifle, 16 RPG rounds, 22 RPG motors, one sniper rifle, one machine gun, 7,800 7.62 mm rounds, 960 12.7 mm rounds, 420 14.5 mm rounds, 285 30 mm rounds, nine blasting caps, 1,528 time fuses, 144 mortar primers, 15 23 mm projectiles, 3 57 mm rockets, 1 60 mm mortar round, 71 120 mm mortar increments, two 120 mm projectiles, 1 122 mm mortar round, seven 155 mm artillery rounds, two 160 mm mortar rounds, three improvised rockets, 93 rockets of various types, 169 primers, five sighting systems, 48 one-quarter-pound blocks of TNT explosive and two land mines.

Insurgent propaganda and materials to make improvised-explosive devices were also found with the weapons.

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