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Bomb-Making Sites Raided; 10 Suspects Nabbed in Separate Operation

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2007 – American and Iraqi soldiers raided suspected bomb-making sites in eastern Baghdad yesterday, military officials reported, while U.S. and Iraqi troops yesterday nabbed 10 suspected insurgents following a firefight near the village of Ubaydah, Iraq.

Iraqi and American soldiers targeted eastern Baghdad’s Rusafa section during raids focused on disrupting vehicle-borne improvised explosive device networks, officials said.

Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army, the 4th Brigade, 1st Iraqi Army, and U.S. soldiers with the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, participated in the operation.

"Our mission is to clear areas in Rusafa specifically focusing on the VBIED networks," Army Lt. Col. Joseph Davidson, a Congers, N.Y., native and executive officer for the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, said.

One suspect with a fake identification card was detained.

The 10 insurgents were seized after Iraqi troops and U.S. soldiers with Multinational Division Baghdad were fired on during a joint operation conducted northeast of Haswah, Iraq.

Soldiers from 2nd Brigade, 8th Iraqi Army Division, working with Americans from Troop B, 2nd Squadron, 12th Cavalry Regiment, detained the suspects after coming under small-arms fire near the village of Ubaydah. There were no casualties in the incident.

The suspects are being detained for questioning by Iraqi forces.

In other news from Iraq, a car bomb detonated outside of the Dwar police station just east of Tikrit yesterday.

Tikrit police and U.S. soldiers with Task Force 1-319th, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, reported nine Iraqi policemen killed and six wounded.

The blast collapsed the second and third floors of the police station and caused other structural damage, officials said. Four policemen and two civilians were removed to medical facilities for treatment.

Iraqi police and U.S. troops are continuing a search for survivors. A joint investigation by the police and U.S. troops is under way.

(Compiled from Multinational Corps Iraq press releases.)

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