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Coalition Soldiers Detain, Kill Terrorists, Seize Weapons

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 8, 2006 – U.S. and Iraqi soldiers detained two suspected terrorists, killed four terrorists, and seized weapons in several different operations in Iraq today, U.S. military officials in Iraq reported.

Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers from 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, detained two suspected terrorists and seized a collection of weapons during a cordon-and-search operation southeast of Baghdad at about 6:30 a.m.

The two Iraqi suspects had fake IDs, a grenade, 100 7.62 mm rounds of ammunition, an SKS assault rifle, an AK-47 assault rifle, and terrorist propaganda DVDs in their house. The two were detained for questioning.

Elsewhere, four terrorists were killed after air surveillance from Multinational Division Baghdad’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, observed 13 men burying explosive devices on a rural roadway along the Euphrates River in western Yusufiyah province at about 10:15 a.m.

The men were observed digging five holes and emplacing explosive devices during an hour-long period beginning at about 9:15 a.m. After planting the first explosive device, eight of the 13 men left the scene. Five others were observed digging four more holes and burying explosive devices at intervals along the road, using a blue truck to carry the munitions.

Attack aircraft engaged the truck, destroying it and an estimated four terrorists. One individual had walked away moments prior to the engagement and escaped the explosion.

In other news, an Iraqi civilian died of wounds suffered after triggering an improvised explosive device while driving a tractor in western Anbar province, Iraq, today, U.S. military officials reported.

Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 7th Iraqi Army Division, responded to the attack and transported the victim to a local U.S. Marine outpost, where the victim was evacuated to a coalition medical facility for treatment. The victim was pronounced dead on arrival at the medical facility.

The attack occurred in a small town called Bu Hardan, located on the eastern outskirts of the Syrian border town of Husaybah, Iraq.

The coalition forces military unit, which provides security to the Qa’im region, which includes Husaybah, is the Twentynine Palms, Calif.-based 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment.

(Compiled from Multinational Corps Iraq news releases.)

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