Iraqi, Coalition Forces Detain Suspects, Find Weapons
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Jan. 2, 2009 Iraqi and coalition forces detained numerous terrorism suspects and seized stockpiles of illegal weapons in various operations this week, military officials reported.
In Dec. 31 operations:
-- Iraqi security forces detained five people after an indirect-fire attack southwest of Kut in Wasit province.
-- Iraqi soldiers found a cache in Baghdad's Ameriyah neighborhood that contained homemade explosives, a detonation cord and blasting cap.
-- Acting on a resident’s tip, Iraqi and U.S. soldiers recovered two rocket-propelled grenades in western Baghdad.
-- U.S. and Iraqi soldiers uncovered a cache north of Baghdad that contained three 107 mm projectiles.
In Dec. 30 operations:
-- Iraqi National Police, supported by coalition forces, detained two men who allegedly were involved in a recent bomb attack against a checkpoint in Baghdad’s Aamel community manned by the “Sons of Iraq” citizen security group.
-- In Baghdad’s Saydiyah community, Iraqi soldiers, supported by coalition forces, found three rocket-propelled grenades, three fuses, a battery and an unexploded 40 mm round. Later, Iraqi and coalition soldiers also found 15 mortar fuses in a vacant house in the area.
-- Iraqi and U.S. soldiers operating west of Baghdad seized a large weapons cache that included various rockets, mortars, grenades, fuses, a partially built bomb and a variety of bomb-making materials. Later, soldiers from the same units seized another cache in the area. The second cache contained 23 mortars.
(Compiled from Multinational Corps Iraq news releases.)