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Operations Net Weapons, 64 Suspected Iraqi Insurgents

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 29, 2004 – First Infantry Division soldiers from the 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, detained eight suspected anti-Iraqi fighters near Duluiyah, Iraq, following an attack on their combat patrol today.

The individuals were captured in a house with weapons and bomb-making materials. They were detained after two suspects fled the scene of the attack. The suspected insurgents were transported to a Multinational Force detention facility for questioning.

Iraqi security forces and U.S. soldiers from 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, a Stryker Brigade Combat Team, detained 24 people suspected of anti- Iraqi activities during operations Nov. 28th in northern Iraq.

Soldiers from the Iraqi National Guard and from the U.S. Army's 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, conducted a joint cordon-and-search operation in Tal Afar and detained 14 people suspected of planning and conducting attacks against multinational and Iraqi forces. All suspects are in custody with no coalition injuries reported.

In small villages south of Mosul, soldiers from 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, and 2nd Battalion, 8th Field Artillery Regiment, conducted a series of cordon and searches. Ten suspected insurgents were detained, and a large sum of U.S. money was confiscated.

The villages are suspected of harboring and abetting insurgent fighters. No MNF injuries were reported, and all 24 suspects are in custody.

On Nov. 27, Iraqi and U.S. forces rounded up 32 suspected anti-Iraqi militants and uncovered a stockpile of more than 500 artillery rounds in a series of raids south of Baghdad.

Iraqi National Guardsmen, backed by elements of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, detained five individuals in a raid near Musayyib. Marines also captured 21 suspects in two separate raids near Lutafiyah and five more in a pair of raids near Haswah.

Elsewhere, Marines were attacked with a roadside bomb southwest of Lutafiyah. They chased down two suspected attackers, killing one, capturing another. The Marines also recovered what they believe was the remote detonator used in the attack.

Marines searching for weapons stockpiles near Yusufiyah turned up the following: 512 130 mm mortar rounds, 41 152 mm artillery rounds, five 120 mm and two 82 mm mortars, two 120 mm rockets, six 122 mm rocket warheads, 28 115 mm tank main-gun rounds, three homemade rocket launchers, and one mortar base plate.

Iraqi, U.S. and British forces have been conducting raids throughout southern Baghdad and northern Babil province since Nov. 23, when Operation Plymouth Rock kicked off in the town of Jabella, about 50 miles south of the capital.

More than 5,000 Iraqi, U.S. and British forces are participating in the operation, which has so far netted more than 180 suspected insurgents.

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