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Operations in Iraq Yield Insurgents, Weapons

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 8, 2006 – Iraqi army units, along with coalition force advisors, conducted multiple raids yesterday to capture suspected insurgents, U.S. military officials said.

In a raid in Habbiniyah, Iraqi army forces captured two people believed to have engaged in insurgent activities against Iraqi and coalition forces. One was a suspected makeshift-bomb maker connected with multiple attacks against coalition forces, officials said.

An insurgent engaged in an intimidation campaign against Iraqi citizens also was captured during a raid in Taji. The suspect controlled an insurgent cell that engaged in the systematic kidnapping of Iraqi citizens, officials said.

In a raid in Ramadi, a suspected sniper and four others suspected of detonating makeshift bombs against Iraqi and coalition forces were captured.

All raids occurred without further incident and with no reported casualties, officials said.

In other news from Iraq, Iraqi policemen, in a combined patrol with soldiers from Company B, 4th Battalion, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, detained a terrorist suspect and reported that two others were wounded after a failed makeshift-car-bomb attack in northeastern Baghdad yesterday.

The wounded suspects were taken to a hospital before the patrol arrived at the site, officials said.

In addition, U.S. soldiers killed an insurgent and wounded another near Hawija, in Iraq’s Kirkuk province, yesterday. The soldiers, from 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, spotted the insurgents placing a roadside makeshift bomb and engaged them with small-arms fire. An explosive ordnance disposal team was sent to the site and found a mortar round next to the insurgents’ vehicle, officials said.

Also, Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers discovered a large weapons cache and detained 20 suspected terrorists Sept. 6 after stopping a suspicious looking truck in eastern Baghdad, officials said.

After searching the truck, soldiers from Company A, 3rd Battalion, 67th Armored Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, seized assault rifles, body armor vests, a rocket-propelled-grenade launcher, rocket-propelled-grenade rounds, a grenade, a machine gun, ammunition, an assault-rifle, ammunition vests, a handgun and rifle magazines.

Meanwhile, Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers from Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, arrested a terrorist and confiscated his weapons while conducting operations to disrupt terrorist movement during the Shabaniyah pilgrimage, south of Baghdad Sept. 6.

The arrest took place after soldiers were conducting vehicle searches and observed six suspects behaving suspiciously. The patrol moved toward the suspects and identified one terrorist with a loaded rocket-propelled-grenade launcher. Soldiers engaged the terrorists, and the group fled. One terrorist remained behind in an attempt to ambush the patrol, officials said. Soldiers arrested the potential attacker, who was wearing body armor, and confiscated a machine gun, assault rifles and a loaded rocket-propelled grenade with an additional round.

(Compiled from Multinational Corps Iraq news releases.)

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