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Forces Kill 13 Insurgent, Detain 26, Discover Weapons Caches

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, March 1, 2007 – Coalition forces killed 13 insurgents, detained 26 suspects and found scores of weapons in operations around Iraq over the past three days.

Coalition forces in Ramadi and its surrounding neighborhoods today killed two insurgents and detained 10 suspects with alleged ties to foreign fighter facilitation.

During operations elsewhere in Iraq today, coalition forces south of Baghdad killed an armed terrorist who charged at them as they entered a targeted building. In Bayji, coalition forces detained six suspected terrorists with alleged ties to al Qaeda in Iraq, military officials said.

"Coalition forces will continue to successfully kill or capture al Qaeda in Iraq terrorists regardless of where they may hide or operate," Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesman, said. "No place is safe for a terrorist in Iraq."

Earlier this week, Iraqi soldiers from 5th Battalion, 4th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, with coalition advisors, raided buildings Feb. 27 in Hawr Rajab, south of Baghdad, and captured five suspects. This raid, the second successful sweep in Hawr Rejab recently, was part of an organized effort called Operation Lion's Roar, designed to curb sectarian violence south of Baghdad.

In western Baghdad that day, Iraqi army and Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers discovered a large weapons cache after receiving a tip from a local resident. The cache contained 34 rocket-propelled grenades, 35 propellant sticks for the grenades, 11 mortar rounds, five bags of anti-personnel mines, seven rifles, one sniper rifle, and 14 crates of AK-47 assault rifle ammunition.

When combined forces inspected the house further, they discovered ball bearings, a detonation cord and several other bomb-making materials. An explosive ordnance detonation team destroyed the munitions and weapons on site.

(Compiled from Multinational Corps Iraq news releases.)

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