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Coalition Forces Thwart Terrorists

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, March 8, 2005 – Task Force Liberty soldiers killed two terrorists, wounded one and detained five after a terrorist attack near Dujayal in Salah Ad Din province March 7, Multinational Force Iraq reported today.

The wounded and detained were taken to a coalition forces base. Also on March 7, coalition forces killed one terrorist and injured two others during an operation in northern Iraq.

The forces intercepted terrorists at the same location where they had earlier seized a number of weapons in northern Mosul.

The injured were taken to a local hospital, and will be detained upon recovery.

No coalition injuries were reported during the operation. Elsewhere in Iraq on March 7, a small-arms attack on an Iraqi logistics convoy and the coalition patrol escorting it brought help from both Iraqi police units in the area and a quick-reaction force unit from the 3rd Infantry Division.

Three attackers were killed in the defense of the convoy and three vehicles confiscated.

Inside the vehicles, soldiers and Iraqi police found several weapons and munitions - including nine mortar rounds, a mortar launching tube, seven rocket-propelled grenades, two RPG launchers, a hand grenade, several hundred rounds of ammunition and a bayonet.

Officials described the joint response as an example of the mutual support between Iraqi and coalition forces.

In Mosul on March 5, coalition and Iraqi forces conducted several joint raids that resulted in the capture of 17 suspected insurgents and a large bounty of weapons and ammunition.

Elements of the Iraqi army and the police force's emergency response unit joined coalition soldiers on the raids in Mosul that uncovered two separate caches. The largest included four anti-aircraft missiles, 116 RPGs, 11 RPG launchers, five AK-47 automatic rifles, more than 200,000 rounds of ammunition, several complete mortar systems of various sizes and several dozen rockets.

The caches also contained 225 blasting caps, 75 hand grenades, several hundred pounds of explosive propellant, four boxes of materials used for making improvised explosive devices, radios, telephones, night vision equipment, binoculars, a video camera and miscellaneous papers, to include mortar firing tables for Mosul.

(Based on Multinational Force Iraq and Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq news releases).

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