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Iraqi Citizen Tips Off U.S. Soldiers on Munitions

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WASHINGTON, May 13, 2005 – A walk-in tip from an Iraqi citizen May 12 led Task Force Liberty soldiers to a munitions cache and to the discovery of a suspected vehicle borne improvised explosive device cache near Samarra, Iraq, military officials in Baghdad reported today.

Munitions and car bomb components seized from the locations consisted of about 1,500 small-arms rounds, about 90 artillery projectiles, more than 80 mortar rounds, two SA-3 booster sections, 125 half-pound blocks of TNT, 400 pounds of PE-4 explosives, 13 anti-tank landmines, 50 electrical blasting caps, firing wire, more than 300 fuses, eight rockets, 128 rocket-propelled grenades, seven RPG launchers, 10 RPG propellant charges, 75 hand grenade detonators and various other bomb-making materials.

Task Force Liberty explosive ordnance disposal personnel destroyed both caches.

In other news from Iraq, Iraqi security forces and soldiers from 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), detained 18 suspected terrorists and confiscated a number of weapons in northern Iraq May 12 and today.

Iraqi army troops from the 104th Battalion, 23rd Brigade, detained two suspected terrorists in eastern Mosul today. Troops from the 22nd Battalion, 6th Brigade, Iraqi Intervention Force, and the Iraqi army's 106th Battalion, 21st Brigade, alongside U.S. soldiers from 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, detained five suspected terrorists and seized two RPG launchers and hundreds of rounds of AK-47 ammunition northwest of Mosul May 12.

Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, detained four terrorism suspects today in eastern Mosul, and soldiers from 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, detained four other suspects west of Tal Afar and three more in western Mosul. Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, recovered a weapons cache in eastern Mosul after receiving a tip from an Iraqi civilian May 12.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)

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