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U.S., Iraqi Troops Score Successes

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, March 10, 2006 – Iraqi and U.S. soldiers found and destroy 26 roadside bombs and 17 weapons caches and killed and captured suspected insurgents in several operations in Iraq in recent days.

  • U.S. soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, captured three suspected terrorists in New Baghdad, after soldiers found possible bomb-making materials during a traffic stop and search early March 10.
  • Responding to a tip, Iraqi soldiers from 1st Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, found a roadside bomb March 9 Baghdad's Adhamiyah district. An Iraqi police explosive ordnance disposal team disarmed the bomb.
  • Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, responded to a rocket-propelled-grenade attack south of Baghdad March 9. The soldiers detained three suspected terrorists who had batteries, wire and detonation cord in their possession.
  • U.S. soldiers from Multinational Division Baghdad's 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Iraqi troops from the 4th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, on a joint patrol southwest of Baghdad found two weapons caches March 9. The first cache consisted of 94 60 mm fused mortar rounds and 300 pounds of explosives. The second cache contained seven 60 mm mortar rounds, one 120 mm mortar round, and a 14-inch-long missile with tripod. An explosive ordnance disposal team performed a controlled detonation to eliminate the threat.
  • Members of 1st Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division defeated the enemy and captured two suspects after the unit was attacked by small-arms fire at a checkpoint at about 10 p.m. March 8 in Baghdad's Adhamiyah district.

In other news, soldiers from the 6th and 9th Iraqi Army Divisions, supported by Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers, conducted one of the largest operations of the past six months to gain control of a terrorist stronghold in that area, officials said.

"Operation Glory Light" was designed to deny terrorists sanctuary and preempt enemy attacks in the Baghdad area. The week-long operation was launched March 2 with a joint air assault by U.S. and Iraqi troops into the Sadr-Yusufiyah area by soldiers of 3rd Battalion, 1st Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, and 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division soldiers.

Following the air assault, the soldiers were attacked by indirect and small arms fire. They also discovered a roadside bomb. Soldiers from the 6th and 9th Iraqi Army Divisions then moved into position to clear, search and secure roads and houses in the town. March 5-6, the 9th uncovered nine weapons caches, consisting of 131 mortar rounds, nine 50 mm mortars, 17 rockets, two rocket-propelled-grenade launchers, six AK-47 rifles, two BKC machine guns, and a large amount of bomb-making materials.

In total, U.S. and Iraqi soldiers found 26 roadside bombs, two car bombs and 15 weapons caches. The operation also involved seven firefights with the enemy resulting in the detention of 16 suspected terrorists, two terrorists killed and one wounded, officials said.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)

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