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Seven Terrorists Killed in Iraq, 10 Detained; Weapons Caches Found

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1, 2007 – Coalition forces killed seven suspected terrorists and detained 10 more, and troops discovered six weapons caches during recent operations in Iraq.

In two separate operations yesterday, Multinational Division Baghdad aircraft engaged insurgents placing roadside bombs around northwestern Baghdad. The aircraft killed seven terrorists in the operations, military officials said.

A day earlier in Iraq, soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment "Golden Dragons," 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, detained 10 suspected terrorists and discovered a weapon cache while patrolling Rushdi Mullah. The cache contained eight AK 47 assault rifles, a medium machine gun and a fake Iraqi police badge.

Soldiers from Troop B, 1st Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, found two weapons caches Jan. 30 in a palm tree grove near Route Tampa, a main Baghdad highway.

The first cache contained a rocket-propelled-grenade launcher, five RPG rounds and two RPG warheads, a roll of copper wire with a blasting cap and triggering mechanism, 23 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition and 16 quarter-pound bags of homemade explosive. The second cache, found 20 yards away, yielded an additional 100 pounds of homemade explosives.

That same day in the Iraqi capital, soldiers from the Scout Platoon and Company D, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment "Polar Bears," 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division found a weapons cache containing two AK 47 assault rifles.

Elsewhere in Iraq that day, soldiers from Company D discovered two more weapons caches southwest of Rushdi Mullah. The caches contained a rocket, one homemade rocket-propelled-grenade launcher, a modified rifle with a scope, a crate of AK 47 ammunition, and an improvised explosive device detonator.

(Compiled from Multinational Corps Iraq news releases.)

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