Operations Yield More Suspects, Weapons Caches in Iraq
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, April 1, 2005 Iraqi security forces and multinational forces from 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), detained 26 suspected insurgents during operations in northern Iraq March 30 and 31, Multinational Force Iraq officials reported today.
During two operations in Mosul March 30, Iraqi army troops from the 101st Battalion, 21st Brigade, detained 10 individuals suspected of insurgent activity. Officials said five suspects were captured during a cordon-and-search operation and five others at a traffic checkpoint.
Multinational Force soldiers detained another 10 suspects during a March 31 raid southwest of Mosul, and soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 8th Field Artillery Regiment, detained five individuals suspected of insurgent activity during two cordon-and-search operations south of Mosul.
In addition, officials said Iraqi policemen and U.S. soldiers from 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, detained one suspect during a March 31 cordon-and-search operation in Tal Afar.
All suspects are in custody, and no injuries to Multinational Force Iraq troops were reported during the incidents.
Meanwhile, U.S. Marines from Combat Logistics Battalion and 8th Engineer Support Battalion, 2nd Force Service Support Group, responded to 15 separate weapons cache sites approximately 12 kilometers southeast of Camp Fallujah March 29.
A weapons cache discovered by members of the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion included machine guns, night-vision goggles, bomb fuses, primers, detonators, mortars and mortar rounds, high-explosive warheads, propellant sticks, batteries, and other explosives and materials used to build improvised explosive devices.
Officials said all items containing explosives were destroyed on scene, and the Marines confiscated pictures of ordnance, a map of the area, notebooks on weapons, and personal journals, which will be analyzed for intelligence purposes.
"We destroy explosive components in order to get rid of the enemy's improvised-explosive-device supplies, and we gather intelligence on the device to potentially lead us to the bomber as well as determine his capabilities and how close he is getting to us," said Chief Warrant Officer Steven R. Lucas, platoon commander for explosive ordnance disposal.
"Our ultimate goal is to make it harder for them to target us, mitigating explosive threats and hazards towards servicemembers and civilians," Lucas said.
(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)