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U.S. Soldiers Capture 22 Insurgents

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 5, 2005 – Task Force Liberty soldiers captured 22 insurgents suspected of launching an indirect fire attack on a coalition forces base near Bayji, Iraq, May 4.

After one round hit outside the base, a task force helicopter crew saw two vehicles at the attack's point of origin. They kept the vehicles under observation until a combat patrol from the 1st Brigade Combat Team arrived and detained the suspects.

U.S. troops confiscated a dump truck, an automobile, a 122 mm rocket, a hand-held global positioning system, a timer and an electrical meter.

Officials reported that no task force soldiers were injured in the incident.

Under the command of the New York Army National Guard's 42nd Infantry Division, Task Force Liberty brought together soldiers from rainbow units, the Idaho Army National Guard's 116th Brigade Combat Team, the Tennessee Army National Guard's 278th Regimental Combat Team, and the 1st and 3rd Brigade Combat Teams from the Fort Stewart, Ga.-based 3rd Infantry Division.

The 42nd Infantry Division is the first National Guard division to deploy to a combat zone since the Korean War.

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