Iraqi Forces Conduct Raid; U.S. Soldiers, Marines Seize Weapons
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, July 27, 2004 Iraqi security forces conducted a raid on the home of an individual suspected of making improvised explosive devices this morning, according to a Multinational Force Iraq release.
The Iraqi troops, from the country's National Guard and police, raided the home near Dujayl. They found 10 rockets, two mortar rounds, two rocket-propelled grenades, and one RPG launcher, as well as various fuses and switches used in making improvised explosive devices.
American soldiers from the Army's 1st Infantry Division later found more munitions. The munitions were transported to a Multinational Force Iraq base for destruction.
A day earlier, 1st Infantry Division soldiers detained six individuals following a rocket attack near Balad July 26.
Military officials said one U.S. civilian contractor was wounded during the attack when a 107 mm rocket impacted on Logistics Support Area Anaconda. The contractor was evacuated to the 31st Combat Support Hospital, where he was treated and released.
Aerial observation aircraft identified several individuals departing the point of origin of the attack, officials said. The detained individuals were taken to a Multinational Force Iraq detention facility for questioning.
In Tikrit July 26, 1st Infantry Division and Iraqi National Guard soldiers discovered a car bomb near Duluiya.
Military officials said soldiers from 4th Cavalry Regiment's 1st Squadron and the 203rd Iraqi National Guard Battalion discovered a Toyota sedan containing at least four 155 mm rounds and a propane tank.
A military explosive-ordnance team destroyed the vehicle the following morning. No soldiers were wounded in the incident, according to a news release.
Also in Tikrit the same day, an Iraqi citizen brought several weapon systems to Forward Operating Base Bernstein as part of a weapons buy-back program.
Task Force Danger soldiers from 1st Battalion, 120th Infantry Regiment, collected the weapons, which included three 60 mm mortar tubes, three 60 mm mortar base plates, and two .50-caliber anti-aircraft machine guns. The soldiers secured the cache at an ammunition holding area for destruction.
Meanwhile, in Fallujah, Marines from the 1st Marine Division seized more than 200 mortar rounds during a truck search July 26.
According to military officials, Marines from the 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion discovered the weapons after stopping a Kia pickup truck laden with bags of grain at a vehicle checkpoint near Anbar province. Upon a thorough search of the vehicle's contents, they discovered 219 60 mm mortar rounds concealed in the bags. Officials said two men were detained in connection with the incident.
Military official said the weapons find was considered to be the single largest cache of 60 mm mortar rounds since the Marines took control of the province in March.
A news release called the discovery "significant since roughly 40 percent of the indirect-fire attacks" in the area of operations are "mortar-related" and "typically lower-caliber rounds." The weapons find may have successfully prevented yet another attack against Iraqi and coalition forces, officials said.