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January 11, 2004
Release Number: 04-01-25


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


101ST AIRBORNE DIVISION SOLDIERS CAPTURE ANTI-COALITION SUSPECTS

MOSUL, Iraq - Soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps (ICDC) captured several anti-coalition suspects Jan. 10 and 11 in northern Iraq.

The 1st Brigade Combat Team (BCT) detained three individuals in a white Toyota, Jan. 10, near the southeastern corner of a U.S. compound west of Qayyarah. The vehicle matched the description of one used by men who asked the leader of a nearby village where they could set up rockets for an attack on U.S. forces.

During pre-dawn raids in Northern Iraq Jan. 10, the division's 2nd BCT conducted a joint cordon-and-knock operation with ICDC soldiers and detained an associate of a suspected weapons dealer. In a cordon-and-search later that morning, 2nd BCT captured eight suspected members of an anti-Coalition group involved in attacks on U.S. forces.

That evening, an unknown number of people fired small arms at ICDC soldiers on guard at the Mosul airfield. The soldiers fired back and the enemy fled. The 2nd BCT responded providing a cordon around the area where the attack originated. The ICDC charged in, cleared buildings, and apprehended four individuals.

The 2nd BCT also reported that its soldiers detained a man in the vicinity of Bashiqah, a small town near Mosul. The man was a suspected leader of a group promoting attacks on Coalition Forces.

Also yesterday, the Coalition for Iraqi National Unity turned in five RPG launchers, 100 RPG rounds, five hand grenades, and one 60-millimeter mortar system.

The 101st continues to work with the citizens and leaders of Iraq to make it a safe, prosperous, and democratic nation.



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