Iraqi, Coalition Forces Detain Insurgents, Find Weapons
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2006 Iraqi and coalition troops detained 11 insurgents and found several weapons caches throughout Iraq yesterday, military officials reported.
Soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 7th Iraqi Army Division, and coalition troops detained 11 terrorists and confiscated a weapons cache during several actions yesterday.
Troops detained six men for suspicious activities associated with a previously discovered cache west of Rawah. Soldiers then detained an insurgent during a search of a targeted house north of Husaybah.
Troops later seized one terrorist who tested positive for explosive residue at a vehicle checkpoint.
Three men were apprehended after soldiers found a weapons cache during a cordon-and-search operation in Rawah. The detainees and cache contents were turned over to authorities for further investigation.
Troops from the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 1st Iraqi Army Division, received an insurgent's cache from local citizens during a combat patrol yesterday. The townsfolk retrieved the cache contents after observing a man burying them. The cache contained AK-47 ammunition and binoculars.
Iraqi soldiers found 11 other weapons caches throughout Iraq yesterday:
- In Khalidiyah, soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 1st Iraqi Army Division, found a cache during a combat patrol. The cache consisted of high explosive anti-tank rounds.
- In Karabilah, soldiers from the 3rd Brigade, 7th Iraqi Army Division, working with coalition troops, discovered a weapons cache during a patrol. The cache consisted of tank rounds, mortar rounds, fuses, rocket-propelled grenades, hand grenades, rocket propellant, and blasting caps.
- Iraqi soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 7th Iraqi Army Division, and coalition troops discovered nine weapons caches while providing security for two previously found cache sites west of Rawah. The caches consisted of tank rounds and more than 1,100 rounds of various sizes, ranging from 60 mm to 160 mm.
(Compiled from Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq and Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)