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Coalition, Iraqi Forces Detain Suspected Terrorists, Seize Weapons

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2006 – Coalition and Iraqi forces detained nine suspected terrorists and seized numerous illegal weapons caches in operations over the last few days, military officials reported.

Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers found a weapons cache in a hidden storage area in a medical clinic near the city’s center yesterday. Soldiers from Company C, 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, seized 62 mortar rounds, six 94 mm rifle rounds, two 120 mm rocket warheads, about 200 fuss, 50 loose 7.62 mm ammunition rounds, 50 electrical blasting caps, two rocket-propelled-grenade launchers, seven RPG rounds, about 6 pounds of homemade explosives and 2 pounds of dynamite.

Iraqi soldiers apprehended four suspected terrorists and seized a sizeable cache yesterday southeast of Kanan, Iraq. Soldiers from 2nd Brigade, 5th Iraqi Army Division, found the suspects and the weapons while conducting an intelligence-driven operation targeting a suspected arms dealer and weapons cache, officials said. During the search, the soldiers came under sporadic small-arms fire as enemy fighters tried to flee the area. The cache included nearly 100 rounds of machine-gun ammunition, six RPGs, five grenades, bomb-making materials, propaganda material and three stolen cars.

Elsewhere in Diyala province yesterday, Iraqi police found a vehicle-borne bomb containing six 155 mm rounds near Balad Ruz.

Soldiers from Multinational Division Baghdad’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, confiscated a Draganov sniper rifle, five AK-47 assault rifles and a PKC assault rifle in Saba Al-Bour, northwest of Baghdad.

On Nov. 7, Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers from 1st Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, detained three suspected terrorists and seized two AK-47 assault rifles during combat patrols near Mushada, north of Baghdad.

Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers from the 7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, seized illegal weapons after spotting a possible roadside bomb Nov. 7 north of Baghdad. Officials said the soldiers saw two people acting suspiciously near the site and called in an explosive ordnance disposal team. A search produced two AK-47 assault rifles, a 100-round drum of 7.62 mm ammunition, five 155 mm artillery rounds, seven AK-47 magazines and a hand grenade. The suspects were detained for questioning, and the EOD team destroyed the munitions.

(Compiled from Multinational Corps Iraq news releases.)

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