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GIs, Iraqi Troops Nab Terrorists, Weapons in Multiple Raids

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2006 – Special Iraqi security forces and U.S. soldiers captured several terrorists involved in murders and bomb attacks, as well as contraband weapons, during recent raids in Baghdad and Taji.

Iraqi forces, with coalition advisors, conducted an Oct. 14 air assault mission at a site in Taji and detained one suspect without incident. The suspect allegedly belongs to a terror cell that is kidnapping and murdering innocent Iraqis, conducting improvised explosive device attacks, and has ties to al Qaeda in Iraq insurgent forces.

Iraqi forces caused no significant damage and there were no civilian, Iraqi forces or coalition forces casualties during the operation.

The raid was conducted as part of Operation Together Forward to dismantle a terror cell in the Taji area. The operation highlights the ability of Iraqi forces to carry out wide-ranging missions against insurgent forces.

Iraqi and U.S. soldiers seized a weapons cache Oct. 13, and detained 11 suspected terrorists Oct. 12, during separate raids in Baghdad.

In a separate Oct. 13 incident, U.S. soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, received a tip from a detainee that a house in Saab al Bour, northwest of Baghdad, contained illegal weapons. After further exploration, the soldiers discovered 13 120 mm mortar rounds and various bomb-making materials. An explosive ordnance disposal team destroyed the munitions.

Also, a patrol from 2nd Tank Brigade, 9th Iraqi Army Division, partnering with 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, found a murdered Iraqi citizen and detained five suspects in Saab al Bour on Oct. 12.

In a separate Oct. 12 incident in Saab al Bour, a patrol from 7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 1st BCT, 4th Infantry Division, reacted to a small-arms fire attack, returned fire and detained two suspected terrorists, .

In another incident Oct. 12, an Estonian Infantry Platoon patrol attached to Troop B, 7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, returned fire when terrorists attacked them, wounding two terrorists and detaining two others. The Estonians seized a rocket-propelled grenade launcher from the terrorists.

Meanwhile, Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 506th Regimental Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, detained two known terrorists, one of whom had three complete improvised explosive devices in his possession, while conducting combat operations in Baghdad’s Doura district Oct. 12.

The suspects were detained for questioning.

(Compiled from Multinational Corps Iraq and Multinational Division Baghdad news releases.)

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