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CENTCOM NEWS RELEASE
HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND
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July 2, 2003
Release Number: 03-07-08


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


OPERATION SIDEWINDER AND COALITION SECURITY EFFORTS CONTINUE

BAGHDAD, Iraq - The 4th Infantry Division conducted five raids in support of Operation Sidewinder resulting in three detained individuals. Confiscated weapons include 28 hand grenades, three AK-47s, five mortar fuses, and one crate of rocket-propelled grenades.

Operation Sidewinder has detained 20 high-value targeted individuals so far. These individuals consist of former Ba'ath Party leaders and members, former Fedayeen leaders and a former Iraqi Military Intelligence Officer.

In another routine patrol in a city approximately 20 kilometers east of Al Taji, the 2nd Battle Combat Team discovered a substantial weapons cache containing 200 rocket-propelled grenades. The 2nd BCT also discovered another cache containing 10 rocket-propelled grenades and 25 105mm rounds at a site approximately five kilometers away.

The 101st Airborne Division competed training of 21 facility protection service force personnel and 13 university security guards. The three-day training class covered military ethics, medical skills, crowd control and weapons proficiency skills.

Coalition forces continued aggressive patrols throughout the country over the last 24 hours conducting 1,184 day patrols and 940 night patrols. They also jointly patrolled with the Iraqi police by conducting 186 day patrols and 177 night patrols. On their own, Iraqi Police conducted eight day and six night patrols. The patrols resulted in 120 arrests for various criminal activities including one each for murder and kidnapping, three for car jacking, four for aggravated assault, and 20 for looting.



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