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Suspected Terrorist Killed, 25 Detained During Operations

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2007 – Coalition forces killed one terrorist and detained 18 others while conducting multiple operations throughout Iraq today, military officials reported.

During a raid in Mosul one terrorist was shot and killed after he began firing at coalition forces.

Meanwhile, in al Anbar province, coalition forces captured six enemy fighters believed to have ties to a weapons and bomb facilitator.

Other raids in Fallujah, Tikrit, North Karmah and near eastern Balad resulted in the detention of 12 suspected terrorists.

Coalition forces also confiscated numerous weapons during the raids.

During one of the operations, documents were found containing information about a coalition forces member stationed at a nearby U.S. military installation.

Saturday, Iraqi police and Multinational division Baghdad troops foiled a car bomb attack as the driver attempted to enter the International Zone.

Sentries spotted the explosives during a check of the vehicle at an entrance to Baghdad’s International Zone, where the seat of the Iraqi government is located in the city’s center.

The driver and passenger of the vehicle were detained while Iraqi police and U.S. soldiers of Company D, 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, cordoned off the checkpoint.

An explosive ordnance disposal team examined the car bomb, and then performed a controlled detonation at the scene.

Explosive ordnance disposal teams were also used to detonate a roadside bomb Jan. 19 in eastern Baghdad after soldiers of the 2nd Infantry Division’s 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, discovered an anti-tank mine in the road while on patrol.

Three suspected terrorists seen walking away from the mine site were detained for questioning.

Elsewhere in Iraq on Jan. 19 U.S. soldiers of the 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, seized a weapons cache along the Euphrates River.

In Kaslu, paratroopers of the 25th Infantry Division's 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment, detained two suspected terrorists during a vehicle search.

Northwest of the capital, in the Saba a-Bor region, elements of 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division responded to an explosion where they found a destroyed mosque.

Upon arrival, the unit searched the remains and area surrounding the mosque, reporting no casualties.

The cause of the explosion is currently unknown. The incident is under investigation.

(Compiled from Multinational Corps Iraq and Multinational Force Iraq press releases.)

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