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Iraqi Troops Kill Man Who Tried to Take Soldier's Weapon

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 30, 2005 – Troops from the Iraqi army's 3rd Battalion, 1st Brigade, 7th Division, killed a man Nov. 29 after he tried to take a soldier's weapon near Ramadi, Iraq, military officials reported.

Soldiers fired on the military-aged man after he refused to open his trunk during a vehicle search and went for a soldier's weapon.

Iraqi and coalition forces detained several insurgents and seized weapons caches Nov. 29 during operations throughout Iraq.

Iraqi police detained three men fleeing the scene of a rocket attack on a high school near Musayyib.

Near Rawah, an ineffective would-be suicide car bomb detonated near troops from the 1st Iraqi Intervention Force's 3rd Battalion, 1st Brigade, while they were providing security for an explosives ordnance team. The soldiers swept the area and apprehended nine men in connection with the incident. Three car bombs were also found nearby. The car bombs were detonated in place by the explosives team and the detainees were turned over to authorities.

Troops from the 3rd Battalion, 1st Brigade, 7th Iraqi Army Division, discovered and confiscated five one-pound blocks of explosives north of Ramadi.

During sweeps of Karmah, troops from the 1st Iraqi Intervention Force's 1st Battalion, 4th Brigade, and coalition forces discovered and confiscated four weapons caches.

The first cache, found north of Karmah, included cans of black gunpowder, a rifle and about 120,000 primer caps.

The other three caches, found south of Karmah, included 71 82 mm mortar rounds, 13 61 mm mortar rounds, a 122 mm rocket, seven 120 mm mortar rounds, 600 mortar fuses and other various bomb-making materials.

In the skies over Iraq, coalition aircraft flew 55 close-air-support missions Nov. 29. These missions included support to coalition troops, infrastructure protection, reconstruction activities, and operations to deter and disrupt terrorist activities. Coalition aircraft also supported Iraqi and coalition ground forces focused on creating a secure environment for the Dec. 15 parliamentary elections.

U.S. Navy F/A-18s performed a successful air strike near Baghdad, expending a Maverick missile against a building used by terrorists. Air Force F-16s also provided close-air support to coalition troops in contact with insurgents near Hawijah and Miqdadiyah.

Seven U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and Royal Australian Air Force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft also flew missions in support of operations in Iraq.

(Compiled from Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq and U.S. Central Command Air Forces Forward news releases.)

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