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Detainee Dies After House Raid

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19, 2005 – A 65-year-old Iraqi detainee died Aug. 18 of an apparent heart attack following a house raid south of Iskandariyah. Iraq, the U.S. military reported today.

The joint raid was conducted by Iraqi Army and soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 155th Infantry, 155th Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward).

Soldiers provided immediate medical attention to the man and transported him to the Forward Operating Base Iskandariyah aid station, where he was pronounced dead.

A full investigation surrounding the circumstances and the cause of the man's death is under way.

Officials will transfer the remains to the family after an autopsy, standard procedure for all detainees who die while in custody of multinational forces.

In other news on operations, Iraqi Security Forces discovered two improvised explosive devices Aug. 18, according to a multinational forces report.

While on patrol in Mugdadiyah, Iraqi police located an IED consisting of three 155 mm artillery rounds with remote control initiator. An Iraqi explosive ordnance disposal team disarmed the device and removed it for later destruction.

In Hawija, soldiers with 2nd Brigade, 4th Iraqi Army Division, discovered an IED two kilometers southeast of town. The IED consisted of two 155 mm high-explosive artillery rounds and 25 pounds of rocket propellant. The IED was neutralized and transported to a nearby forward operating base.

Iraqi Army and coalition soldiers on a mounted security patrol conducted a cordon-and-search operation targeting several homes in Haditha to photograph insurgent activities Aug. 18, according to another multinational forces report.

Soldiers with the 7th Iraqi Army Division and 3rd Battalion, 25th U.S. Marines Regiment, photographed the targeted residences and eventually raided one of the homes, capturing six suspected anti-Iraq force operatives. All six male suspects claimed to be the sons of the homeowner, whom is currently in custody for allegedly being involved in an Aug. 1 ambush. The targeted house is located roughly one kilometer southeast of the ambush location.

Soldiers confiscated five AK-47 automatic rifles, one light machine gun, a gas mask and anti-coalition propaganda. Outside the house, Marines found a taxi with traces of blood on the right rear door, and a bottle containing 20 Dragonov sniper rounds.

Five of the six suspects tested positive for gunpowder residue. All six suspects were transported to a secure facility for further questioning.

No injuries or damages to the coalition were reported.

In its daily wrapup, U.S. Central Command Air Forces reported coalition aircraft flying 54 close-air support and armed reconnaissance sorties Aug. 18 for Operation Iraqi Freedom.

U.S. Air Force F-16s and British Royal Air Force GR-4s provided close-air support to coalition troops in the vicinities of Musharrah, Khalaf al Mahd and Mosul.

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Related Sites:
Multinational Force Iraq
Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq


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