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Task Force Freedom Forces Detain 17 Terror Suspects

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29, 2005 – Multinational forces from Task Force Freedom detained 17 suspected terrorists in Iraq on Aug. 28, U.S. military officials reported today.

Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, detained six individuals suspected of terrorist activity and seized weapons from a vehicle during separate operations in southern Mosul.

Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, detained four individuals suspected of terrorist activity during a cordon-and-search operation in northern Mosul.

Soldiers from the same unit seized another weapons cache in western Mosul consisting of a one 60 mm mortar, several rifles including AK-47s assault rifled, rocket-propelled grenade launchers, RPGs, RPG fuel rods, a box of grenades and ammunition.

Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, detained two individuals suspected of terrorist activity and seized a cache of homemade bomb-making materials during a raid in northern Mosul.

Troops confiscated the caches for future destruction.

Soldiers from 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, detained five individuals suspected of terrorist activity during separate operations, four of them in Tal Afar.

Suspects were in custody, with no MNF injuries reported.

Also, coalition aircraft flew 48 close-air support and armed reconnaissance sorties Aug. 28 for Operation Iraqi Freedom.

U.S. Air Force F-16s and a Predator and Royal Air Force GR-4s provided close-air support to coalition troops in the vicinities of Al Qaim and Baghdad.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq and U.S. Central Command Air Forces Forward Public Affairs news releases.)

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