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Coalition, Iraqi Forces Capture Suspect, Seize Weapons

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 23, 2008 – Iraqi and coalition forces in Baghdad yesterday captured a man suspected in a grenade attack against a “Sons of Iraq” civilian security group, military officials said.

U.S. soldiers responded with Iraqi National Police to the homemade-grenade attack against a Sons of Iraq combat outpost in Baghdad’s Rashid district last night. The soldiers detained one suspect.

In other operations in Iraq:

-- An Iraqi police emergency response battalion discovered about 150 pounds of homemade explosives early today in the Wahda neighborhood of Mosul and removed them from the neighborhood.

-- Coalition and Iraqi forces seized multiple weapons caches in Baghdad in recent days that included an 82 mm mortar system, four 60 mm mortar rounds, a high-explosive projectile, 15 AK-47 assault rifles, a homemade rocket and three fuses.

-- On Dec. 21, Iraqi soldiers discovered and dismantled a homemade explosive known as a “sticky bomb” secured to the door of a Baghdad business.

-- Coalition and Iraqi forces detained four suspects in the Baghdad area Dec. 21 and served court-issued warrants on them.

(Compiled from Multinational Corps Iraq news releases.)

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