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Soldiers Raid IED Workshop, Iraqis Graduate to Civil Defense Force

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 12, 2003 – Soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division's 1-22 Infantry Battalion raided two workshops used to make improvised explosive devices in Tikrit, Iraq, U.S. Central Command officials reported in a Sept. 11 news release.

Acting on tips from local informants, the soldiers detained five Iraqi men suspected of building IEDs, and confiscated weapons and ammunition, plastic explosives and dynamite, a variety of other equipment, cash, and military uniforms and training manuals.

In another Sept. 11 news release, CENTCOM officials reported that soldiers of the 4th Infantry Division graduated their first class of Iraqi Civil Defense Force trainees in Tikrit Sept. 6. The 32 men will work with coalition forces to provide security in Iraqi communities.

In the three-week program, the graduates were trained in manning traffic- control points, conducting raids and keeping Tikrit safe from insurgents, CENTCOM officials said.

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