Iraqi, U.S. Forces Detain 38 in Kirkuk Raid
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Nov. 23, 2004 Iraqi security forces and Task Force Danger soldiers from 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, detained 38 people in a raid near Kirkuk today, according to Multinational Force Iraq.
The raid yielded 24 AK-47 assault rifles, one RPK machine gun, three PKM machine guns, three pistols, magazines, load-bearing vests, one PVS-5 night-vision devise, one Russian radio, three police radios, eight binoculars, ammunition, weapons cards and a variety of identification cards. Iraqi and coalition forces conducted the operation to detain personnel with illegal weapons to prevent attacks on coalition forces.
In other action today, Iraqi security forces, backed by elements of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, captured 32 suspected insurgents, including a number of high- interest individuals in a series of early-morning raids in the south-central town of Jabella, Babil province.
Officials said the operations, conducted about 50 miles south of Baghdad, continued the campaign in the province to root out anti-Iraqi forces. These ongoing operations involve more than over 5,000 Iraqi, U.S. and British forces.
Meanwhile, Marines from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit distributed more than $1.1 million in condolence and collateral damage repair payments Nov. 22 to Iraqis caught in the crossfire during fighting in Najaf in August. The payments, known as solatia, are intended to help repair homes and other property damaged during the battle as well as to express sympathy for those unintentionally killed or injured in the fighting.
Since Sept. 30, a total of $4.7 million has been paid to more than 8,300 Najaf residents and will continue as long as needed to valid recipients.
"We're building trust with the locals by making these payments," said Col. Anthony M. Haslam, the unit's commanding officer. "Since fighting ended in August, Najaf has made tremendous progress. There is little doubt that these payments have helped in that process."
(Based on press releases from Multinational Force Iraq.)