Iraqi, Coalition Troops Capture Terrorists, Weapons
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Jan. 24, 2006 Iraqi and coalition troops have teamed up to capture at least five insurgent fighters and several weapons caches in the past two days.
Combined forces detained two suspected terrorists in connection with recent improvised-explosive-device attacks in Diyarah during a raid this morning. Iraqi soldiers from 2nd Company, 2nd Battalion, 8th Iraqi Army Division, and U.S. soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, raided two houses suspected of harboring terrorists.
Also today, U.S. soldiers from 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd BCT, discovered an IED west of Iskandariyah. The IED consisted of a 155 mm round, a long-range cordless telephone, and a detonator with wires protruding from the round. Explosive ordnance disposal soldiers disabled the weapon.
Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 7th Iraqi Army Division, and Coalition forces found six caches and capture three insurgents during patrols of various cities yesterday.
- The six caches consisted of 15 pounds of explosives, two rocket-propelled-grenade rounds, 21 RPG boosters, six RPG motors, 18 RPG warheads, 400 .50-caliber rounds, about 700 of other sized rounds, one mortar sight, 280 mortar fuses, three mortar fins, one mortar base plate, 75 artillery fuses, two rocket motors, two feet of time fuse, , two cell phones, two cell-phone base stations, and 2,000 feet of wire were found while sweeping the Euphrates River near Hit.
- Soldiers detained two men for having weapons in their homes during a search northeast of Baghdad.
- Later, a man in southeast Muhammadi who claimed to have information regarding insurgent activity was detained.
Iraqi Police discovered a bomb in a road pothole east of Baqubah yesterday after receiving a tip. An explosive team was called to the site and found the bomb, made of one 155 mm round, one 130 mm round, and one foot of detonation cord. The explosive team realized the bomb had no initiation system and conducted a controlled blast to disarm it.
Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 1st Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, and the U.S. 1-71 Military Transition Team, 1st Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, responded to a call from an Iraqi school guard reporting a possible improvised explosive device in the school south of Khadra yesterday. Soldiers found a 122 mm mortar round booby-trapped to a door in the school. An explosive ordnance team disabled the bomb.
In separate operations, Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers seized a significant amount of weapons Jan. 22. Explosive ordnance disposal teams destroyed all caches on site.
- A tip from a local national led soldiers from 7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, to a large weapons cache north of Baghdad Jan. 22 morning. The cache included 14 57 mm rockets, three 84 mm mortar rounds, one 120 mm mortar round, 19 B-5 rocket fuses, 11 130 mm projectiles, 11 152 mm projectiles, 50 Iraqi grenades, 15 grenade fuses, 50 blasting caps, and a complete 120 mm mortar system. Soldiers also discovered many small-arms rounds.
- While conducting a patrol in southern Baghdad, soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, discovered a weapons cache at approximately 1 p.m. The cache included one anti-personnel tank round and 73 rounds of unexploded ordinance.
- Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, patrolling in northeastern Baghdad discovered another cache, which included 12 mortar rounds, two 125 mm rounds and blasting caps, at approximately 4 p.m.
Officials reported no injuries in any of these incidents.
(From Multinational Force Iraq and Multinational Transition Assistance Command Iraq news releases.)