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Coalition Soldiers Capture Insurgents, Destroy Weapons Caches

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 3, 2005 – Acting on multiple intelligence sources and tips from concerned citizens, multinational forces raided a suspected terrorist location east of Al-Amiriyah, Iraq, capturing several terror suspects and destroying a weapons cache Sept. 2, Multinational Force Iraq officials reported today.

Twelve suspected terrorists were arrested during the raid. U.S. military officials in Baghdad said the terrorists are suspected of transporting and emplacing improvised explosive devices and coordinating ambushes with small arms and crew-served weapons against Iraqi security and coalition forces.

Three vehicles loaded with weapons were also discovered and destroyed by coalition forces, officials said.

No civilians were reported injured during the raid, officials noted

Another tip from a civilian helped soldiers from Task Force Liberty's 1st Brigade Combat Team find and defuse a 155mm artillery round buried beside a road near Balad Sept. 2, officials reported. The device was rigged to detonate on command as an improvised explosive device.

The soldiers also captured six suspected terrorists fleeing the scene in Tikrit area. The suspects were in a house washing their hands and attempting to change clothes when they were captured, official said.

In northern Mosul, multinational forces from Task Force Freedom captured 32 suspected terrorists Sept. 1 and 2, officials noted.

Two insurgents were detained by soldiers from 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment during a cordon-and-search operation. Two more terrorists were captured in eastern Mosul Sept. 1 after they fired small-arms weapons at coalition soldiers searching a home in eastern Mosul, officials said.

Local civilians pointed out a vehicle that had been used in mortar attacks, and further investigation led to the confiscation of drums of AK-47 rounds, officials reported.

Another 21 insurgents suspected of terrorist activities in northwest Tal Afar were captured Sept. 2. Soldiers from 1st Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment also detained seven individuals suspected of terrorist activity during a cordon- and-search operation in Tal Afar Sept. 1, officials said.

Task Force Liberty soldiers thwarted an imminent ambush in Ad Duluiyah Sept. 2 and detained the four would-be attackers, officials in Tikrit reported today. More terrorists were stopped when coalition soldiers identified an ambush setup and called in attack helicopters to provide support, which caused the attackers to surrender, officials said. During questioning, the detainees provided the location of four more insurgents, who officials said were also subsequently detained in Ad Duluiyah.

A man claiming to be an Iraqi police officer was captured in Ramadi as he attempted to gain passage through an entry control point, officials noted.

Soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 1st Iraqi Intervention Force were conducting security and observation activities when approached by the military-aged male. The man produced various identification items and attempted to bribe the troops in an effort to gain access, officials reported. The man continued to change stories, to include claiming to be a police officer.

On Sept. 1, a terrorist was killed and another was wounded when the improvised explosive device they were assembling exploded in an Ad Duluiyah home, officials said.

Task Force Liberty soldiers responded to the explosion, searched the house, treated the wounded terrorist and detained him for questioning.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq Combined Press Information Center news releases from Baghdad, Iraq)

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