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CENTCOM NEWS RELEASE
HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND
7115 South Boundary Boulevard
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July 4, 2003
Release Number: 03-07-19


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


OPERATION SIDEWINDER YIELDS POSITIVE RESULTS

BAGHDAD, Iraq - The 4th Infantry Division conducted 10 raids in support of Operation Sidewinder in the past 24 hours resulting in nine detained individuals.

In a separate event, 4th ID raided a suspected arms market in the vicinity of Balad Ruz. Three Iraqi males, including the store owner were detained. Four rocket-propelled grenade launchers and four rocket-propelled grenade rounds were removed. Additionally, one rocket-propelled grenade, one set of night vision goggles and 227 rounds of various types of ammunition were confiscated elsewhere.

Mudhat Aagad Khalaf, a former regime Special Security Officer, turned himself in to a unit of the 4th ID. He was transported to a detention facility for further interrogation.

Coalition forces continued aggressive patrols throughout the country over the last 24 hours conducting 20 raids, 1,390 day patrols and 880 night patrols. They also jointly patrolled with Iraqi police conducting 187 day patrols and 148 night patrols. On their own, Iraqi police conducted nine day and eleven night patrols. The total raids and patrols resulted in 226 arrests for various criminal activities including five for murder, eight for car jacking, four for aggravated assault seven for burglary, and 25 for looting.

The 3rd Infantry Division held a press conference with the mayor of Fallujah and chief of Police to clarify the origin of the explosion in the vicinity of the mosque. A building in the mosque's courtyard exploded June 30. In his statement, the mayor emphasized the explosion was not a U. S. attack, but Iraqis making explosive devices to be used against Coalition forces. Third Infantry Division soldiers responded to the scene after notification from a U.S. aircraft that spotted the explosion.



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