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December 24, 2003
Release Number: 03-12-60


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HIGH LEVEL FORMER REGIME ELEMENTS HELP 101ST PROVIDE SECURITY IN NORTHERN IRAQ

MOSUL, Iraq - High-level former regime elements and other Iraqi citizens helped the 101st make northern Iraq a safer place Tuesday by turning over weapons caches.

Three Shua'bah, or third-tier, Ba'athists in northwest Iraq turned over rifles and ammunition to 3rd Brigade compounds.

The Shua'bah of Avgani, who turned in three caches in the previous three days, handed over 11 AK-47 assault rifles to 3rd Brigade soldiers. The Shua'bah of Tallafar turned in 5 AK-47s, and ten magazines. The Shua'bah of Kisik turned in 40 AK-47s and 27 magazines. All three vowed to turn in more weapons in the future.

The Coalition for Iraqi National Unity, a concerned group of citizens in Northwest Iraq, turned in 4 RPG rounds, two launchers, and four heavy machine guns to a 3rd Brigade compound in the vicinity of Tallafar.

In Mosul, a walk-in source led 2nd Brigade Military Police to a cache of 13 57 mm rounds hidden in a cluster of trees.

The increased cooperation between former Ba'athist loyalists and Coalition Forces signals a cohesive effort to support a safe and secure environment so that reconstruction efforts may continue.

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