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Soldiers Detain Suspected Terrorists, Seize Weapons

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2006 – Multinational Division Baghdad and Iraqi army soldiers detained seven suspected terrorists and seized two weapons caches in separate operations in and around Baghdad Nov. 11, military officials in Iraq reported.

Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers detained four suspected terrorists and seized a weapons cache in one of the capital’s western neighborhoods Nov. 11.

After witnessing suspicious activity, soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, searched four suspects. They found a rocket-propelled-grenade launcher, an RPG round, an AK-47, a heavy machine gun, three grenades, and two assault rifles with two 100-round belts of ammunition.

The suspects were detained for further questioning. An explosive ordnance disposal team later performed a controlled detonation of the weapons cache.

In another operation, Iraqi army and Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers seized a large weapons cache and detained three individuals in the Qa-Qaa apartment complex in Mahmudiyah, 30 kilometers south of Baghdad on Nov. 11.

Iraqi soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 4th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, teamed up with a U.S. advisory team from 2nd Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, and conducted a cordon-and-knock operation in the apartment complex.

Three 107 mm rockets, 24 82 mm mortar rounds, 17 60 mm mortar rounds, 19 60 mm mortar fuses, 100 mortar charges, two mortar tripods and aiming devices, a rocket-propelled-grenade launcher, an AK-47 assault rifle, an RPK medium machine gun, false identification cards, and four license plates were seized during the operation.

The most significant find in the cache was the discovery of 25 anti-armor improvised explosive device cover plates.

The operation was delayed briefly with the discovery of a car bomb parked near the apartment complex. An explosive ordinance team was brought in to dispose of the car bomb.

The operation was based on actionable intelligence collected from sources in the area, officials said. The detainees are in the custody of the Iraqi army for questioning.

(Compiled from Multinational Corps Iraq news releases.)

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