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Fallujah Citizens' Tips Lead to Insurgents, Weapons Caches

American Forces Press Service

CAMP BLUE DIAMOND, Iraq, Feb. 1, 2005 – Iraqi citizens in Fallujah provided information that aided Iraqi and U.S. forces in two counterinsurgency operations today.

In a move that officials said demonstrated the citizens' desire to rid their city of insurgents, the residents informed Iraqi army forces around 1 p.m. about insurgents living in a specific house in southern Fallujah. The Iraqi soldiers immediately went there. Upon searching the premises, they apprehended four insurgents and discovered four rocket-propelled grenade launchers, two sniper rifles, a suicide belt, two gas masks, an improvised rocket launcher, two 52 mm rockets, three RPG motors and two grenades.

Four hours later, a citizen approached an Iraqi public order battalion with information regarding a possible weapons cache in southern Fallujah. The battalion provided that information to U.S. Marines, who found eight 155 mm artillery rounds, two 122 mm mortar rounds, six 152 mm artillery rounds, 600 feet of detonation cord, 500 feet of time-fuse cord, two seismic detonators and two canisters of explosives.

(Courtesy of Multinational Force Iraq.)

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