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Iraqi, U.S. Soldiers Capture Insurgents; Find Weapons Caches

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, July 27, 2005 – Iraqi army and coalition soldiers failed to find a known terrorist responsible for mortar attacks against Iraqi police stations during a July 26 combined cordon-and-search mission, Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq officials said today.

However, multinational forces in Mosul, Iraq, said the soldiers didn't come away empty-handed; they netted two other men who tested positive for explosive materials.

Soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 4th Brigade, 2nd Iraqi Army Division, and coalition advisers searched the premises and found various uniforms, military documents, former regime propaganda and other handwritten documents, officials said.

In the Baghdad area, Iraqi army soldiers on patrol uncovered two separate improvised explosive device caches July 26.

Elements of the 4th Iraqi Army Division and U.S. Special Forces discovered five 107 mm rockets rigged as improvised explosive devices, two propane tanks also rigged as IEDs, one 120 mm mortar round, and various IED components along a road 30 kilometers southwest of Bayji. An Iraqi explosive ordnance disposal team cleared the site, officials reported.

Elsewhere, Iraqi soldiers found three 152 mm artillery rounds with fuses five kilometers northeast of Dibis. The rounds were transported to a nearby forward operating base.

That same day, Iraqi and coalition soldiers conducted two joint cordon-and-search missions for suspected terrorists, capturing two of their primary targets, U.S. officials reported.

Elements of 1st Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, and 1st and 3rd Battalions 156th U.S. Infantry Regiment detained five suspects, officials said.

(Compiled from Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq news releases.)

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