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January 4, 2004
Release Number: 04-01-10


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101st CAPTURES TOP TARGET, SEIZES WEAPONS

MOSUL, Iraq - Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) detained a top anti-Coalition suspect during a cordon and search in a small town south of Mosul Jan. 3.

The suspect became the battalion's top target after his alleged involvement in an ambush in late July that resulted in the death of three U.S. soldiers. The suspect is also thought to have been at the helm of several other attacks in the 101st's area of operations.

Elsewhere in northern Iraq, the 101st continued its steady success at uncovering and clearing weapons caches by netting more than 10,000 rounds of 57-millimeter ammunition in the division's 1st Brigade area of operations. Also Saturday, the Coalition for Iraqi National Union, a group of Coalition-supportive Iraqi citizens, handed in 10 rocket-propelled grenade (RPG) rounds, one RPG launcher, one 60-millimeter mortar tube and six 60-millimeter mortar rounds to the 101st's 3rd Brigade Combat Team Tactical Operations Center.
A high-level Ba'ath Party member who has been cooperating with Coalition Forces recently, continued support to the 101st by turning in nine AK-47 rifles and 10 AK-47 magazines to the division Saturday.

The 101st Airborne Division is committed to giving the Iraqi people a safe, free society, and will continue combat and reconstruction operations to help make this goal successful.


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