U.S., Iraqi Forces Detain Suspects, Seize Weapons
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2009 Iraqi security forces and U.S. soldiers detained suspected criminals and seized weapons in Baghdad's Rashid district yesterday.
Iraqi national police and U.S. soldiers yesterday discovered a cache of 60 rounds of .50-caliber ammunition in an abandoned house in the Risalah community.
A short time later, U.S. and Iraqi soldiers and Iraqi police detained three suspected criminals in the Saydiyah and Risalah communities.
The troops also confiscated 15 AK-47 assault rifles in Saydiyah and a light anti-tank 66 mm rocket in the Aamel community.
In Jan. 25 operations:
-- Iraqi and U.S. soldiers confiscated an anti-armor mine and nine AK-47 assault rifles in Baghdad's Rashid district.
-- Iraqi national police and U.S. soldiers seized a weapons cache consisting of a rocket-propelled grenade, gun powder, grenade, a stick of dynamite, 1,000 rounds of machine-gun ammunition and 100 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition in Rashid's Shurta community.
In other news, Iraqi police and members of the “Sons of Iraq” civilian security group thwarted a homemade-bomb attack and arrested five suspected terrorists Jan. 24 in Tarmiyah, northwest of Baghdad.
The forces apprehended two suspects attempting to place a bicycle strapped with explosive devices near a funeral site. After questioning, the suspects led forces to a nearby cache containing propaganda, magnets, timers, homemade explosives, mortar fuses and batteries.
The suspects also led the forces to a site suspected of
housing other members of a bomb cell where three more were
All suspects are in Iraqi police custody.
(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq and Multinational Corps Iraq news releases.)