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U.S. Troops Get Suspects, Weapons Cache

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 2, 2005 – U.S. Task Force Liberty soldiers in Iraq detained five suspected terrorists and confiscated a weapons cache during two separate actions May 1.

Soldiers seized the suspects during a raid in Samarra after receiving a tip from a civilian source. The suspects were in possession of plastic explosives, detonation cord and passports indicating frequent travel outside of Iraq.

The five suspects were taken to a coalition base for questioning and detention.

No Task Force Liberty soldiers were injured during the raid.

In other Iraq news, Task Force Liberty soldiers found and destroyed a large amount of ordnance in Sindiyah in Diyala province May 1. An Iraqi worker who was excavating dirt to build a house in the area alerted a combat patrol from the 278th Regimental Combat Team about the ordnance.

Along with Iraqi soldiers, the U.S. combat patrol recovered 32 individual 120 mm mortars, 19 separate 60 mm mortars and four rifle grenades. An explosive ordnance disposal team destroyed the munitions. Another 120 mm mortar round was found after the controlled blast and taken to a coalition base for destruction at a later date.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)

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