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December 8, 2003
Release Number: 03-12-17


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


101ST CONDUCTS RAIDS, ROUNDS UP SUSPECTS, WEAPONS CACHES IN NORTHERN IRAQ

MOSUL, IRAQ - The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in conjunction with Iraqi Police Forces detained six individuals suspected of involvement in attacks on Coalition Forces during raids Dec. 7 in northern Iraq.

The division's 1st Brigade Combat Team (BCT) detained one person wanted for attacks on Coalition Forces during a "cordon-and-knock" South of Mosul.

Later in the day, the 1st BCT captured one person, four AK-47 assault rifle magazines, binoculars and communication headsets when a joint patrol with local police determined the house, in the town of Hammam Al Alil, was in the launch site of an rocket propelled grenade (RPG) attack that occurred the previous night.

The 2nd BCT in Mosul apprehended a man wanted for being a Fedayeen Cell leader. He is being questioned extensively.

Three more individuals were captured in Sinjar by the 3rd BCT later that night. They were sought in connection with three explosions near a U.S. camp the previous night.

Caches found or turned over by cooperative civilians included two RPG launchers, 10 RPG rounds, one 60 mm mortar tube, and one pair of night vision goggles.

The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) continues to work with Iraqi security personnel and the local community to remove threats to Coalition Forces and new Iraqi government agencies.


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