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Troops Find Car Bombs, Detain Suspects

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 29, 2005 – Soldiers from the 4th Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, discovered three car bombs and detained nine possible terrorists west of Rawah today after their patrol was attacked by a suicide bomber, military officials reported.

Two cars approached the mounted patrol at about 1 p.m. local time. One vehicle sped off while the other stopped and waited for the soldiers to investigate. The driver of the stationary vehicle blew up himself and his car. There were no casualties or damages reported as a result of the attack.

Soldiers then pursued the second car until they found it abandoned. In a search of the area, three other car bombs were discovered and nine suspected terrorists were detained.

In other news, Iraqi and coalition forces detained several insurgents throughout Iraq on Nov. 28.

Troops from the Iraqi army's 3rd Battalion, 1st Brigade, 7th Division, detained a military-aged man during a house search conducted near Ramadi. He had a 9 mm pistol, Iranian currency, an Oman license plate and a wireless phone base station.

During a vehicle search northeast of Ramadi, Iraqi troops from the same unit detained two more men who had an AK-47 assault rifle with two full magazines and a 9 mm pistol with a full magazine.

In a joint operation with coalition forces, troops from the Iraqi army's 3rd Battalion, 1st Brigade, 1st Division, and coalition forces detained two men with possible ties to an insurgent propaganda cell north of Husaybah. One military-aged man was detained because he was on a "persons-of-interest" list for being a possible member of an insurgent propaganda cell. The second man is the brother of another person on that list who also is wanted for being a member of the cell, officials said.

East of Husaybah, members of the 3rd Battalion, 1st Brigade, 1st Iraqi Intervention Force, apprehended three men on motorcycles. The men matched a description given to the troops by a farmer who said they were seen planting roadside bombs in the area. The men on motorcycles were seen watching a cache site that was discovered earlier in the day. They were interested in coalition forces' actions, officials said.

North of Karmah, troops from the 1st Battalion, 4th Brigade, 1st Iraqi Intervention Force, and coalition forces detained a man and seized weaponry during a house search. The items seized included an AK-47 with two magazines and a 155 mm artillery fuse.

All suspects and seized weapons were turned over to authorities pending further investigation.

Elsewhere, members of the 3rd Battalion, 1st Brigade, 1st Iraqi Intervention Force, found two weapons caches north of Dadah on Nov. 28.

The first cache consisted of six 57 mm anti-tank mines, a 20-pound bag of propellant, two boxes of 20 artillery fuses, one 50 round box of 14.5 mm ammunition, 200 loose rounds of 14.5 mm ammunition, a small bag of mortar propellant, three Chinese fragmentation grenades, two 14.5 mm guns with spare barrels, a 14.5 mm twin gun mount, a 12.5 mm gun mount and seven 82 mm mortar rounds.

The second cache contained two AK-47s and three AK-47 magazines, five bags of artillery propellant, four boxes of artillery fuses, a grenade, a mortar charge, an anti-tank mine, 10 82 mm mortar rounds, 13 rocket-propelled-grenade rounds, a box of 12.5 mm ammunition, five 100 mm artillery shells, seven 160 mm high-explosive shells, a three-foot tube with propellant sticks, a Syrian-made long-range phone base, a Nokia telephone and a washing machine timer with batteries.

An explosives team destroyed both caches.

North of Sadah, troops from the Iraqi army's 3rd Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 7th Division, and coalition forces discovered two more caches the same day.

One cache contained four artillery shells, a remote detonating kit, an AK-47 with two magazines and 50 14.5 mm shells. Another cache found nearby included one 120 mm mortar round, five boxes of blasting caps, a fragmentary grenade and six sticks of PE-4 explosive.

Both caches were being guarded until an explosives team could destroy them.

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

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