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Troops Capture Terror Suspects, Find Weapons Caches

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 5, 2006 – Soldiers from Task Force Band of Brothers detained 11 terror suspects and seized weapons caches Jan. 4 in the Tikrit area of northern Iraq, military officials in Baghdad said today.

Eight suspects were detained Jan. 4 by soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team while conducting a patrol near the city of Hawija. The soldiers destroyed a large collection of weapons and explosives.

Three suspects were caught as they tried to run away when the combat team patrol came upon their truck stopped alongside the road. Five other men were discovered in the truck. The weapons included rocket-propelled grenades and launchers, machine guns and roadside bomb components.

Three more suspects were taken into custody after another combat team stopped their vehicle near Hawija and discovered 30 pistols.

A local man reported a cache of about 6,000 anti-aircraft artillery rounds to a patrol of U.S. servicemembers near Bayji. The cache was transported to a nearby military base for disposal. Another cache containing 25 artillery rounds was discovered and taken to a base near Kirkuk for disposal.

Iraqi soldiers found and secured two roadside bombs and detained six suspects Jan. 2, officials said. The pre-dawn cordon-and-search operation was planned, staffed and conducted by the 2nd Battalion, 1st Brigade, 9th Iraqi Mechanized Division, and supported by Task Force Baghdad soldiers.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)

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