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Iraqi Police Detain Suspected Terrorists, Discover IED Caches

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9, 2005 – Iraqi police found one mortar launch tube and arrested one suspected terrorist during a raid in the New Baghdad District in Baghdad, Iraq, Aug. 8, according to a Multinational Force Iraq report.

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Iraqi soldiers load magazines at the Habbaniyah firing range, inside Camp Al Habbaniyah, Iraq, on Aug. 2. Iraqi soldiers and police officers are receiving training from U.S. Marines with 2nd Marine Division on handling, maintenance, operation and fire assault with automatic weapons from a variety of positions and ranges. Photo by Lance Cpl. Brian A. Jaques, USMC

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Police officers assigned to the Al Rashad station were searching the residence of a suspected terrorist. According to police, the suspect later admitted to firing one mortar round into the International Zone in exchange for payment of $500.

The suspect is being held at a Baghdad detention facility pending further investigation.

Elsewhere, Iraqi police found a large supply of stored munitions used for making improvised explosive devices Aug. 8.

The cache consisted of eight 100 mm artillery rounds, 27 82 mm mortar rounds, 28 60 mm mortar rounds, one 122 mm artillery round, four anti-personnel mines, one 60 mm mortar system, three rockets, night-vision goggles, and other IED-making materials including 20 pounds of plastic explosives, propellant and blasting caps. An explosive ordnance disposal team transported the cache to a nearby forward operating base.

In other developments, Iraqi police located an improvised explosive device in the vicinity of the Police Joint Operations Center Aug. 8 in Nasiriyah. Officers secured the area, while an explosive ordnance disposal team officer cleared the IED. The IED consisted of a 122 mm artillery shell with detonation cord attached to an electric detonator. No battery or other trigger devices were found.

Elsewhere, soldiers with 1st Battalion, 1st Brigade, 3rd Iraqi Army Division, received a tip leading them to a location where they found two mortar rounds. EOD reduced the munitions without incident. No injuries or damages were reported.

In other Iraq news, Iraqi special operations force officers planned and executed a targeted raid against suspected terrorists two kilometers southeast of Haqlaniyah Aug. 8.

Officers secured the target site and detained six suspected insurgents. The detainees were transported to a detention facility for processing and further questioning.

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

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