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HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND
7115 South Boundary Boulevard
MacDill AFB, Fla. 33621-5101
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February 13, 2004
Release Number: 04-02-27


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


4TH INFANTRY DIVISION'S 24-HOUR ACTIVITY

TIKRIT, Iraq - Soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division and Task Force Ironhorse conducted 150 patrols and two raids, capturing 44 individuals over the past 24 hours. Ten of the patrols were joint operations conducted with the Iraqi Police, the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps and the Border Guard in order to continually improve the safety and standard of living of the Iraqi people.

A Moldovan patrol from 3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery Regiment discovered a weapons and ammunition cache during the evening of Feb. 12. The cache consisted of 27 rocket-propelled grenades, 32 RPG propellants, two RPG launchers, three pounds of PE-4 plastic explosives, 500 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition and 10 AK-47 ammunition magazines.

Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment raided a location in the village of Juspa, 23 kilometers northwest of Jalula, during the early morning of Feb. 12 searching for a suspected weapons dealer. The target person was captured and soldiers located and confiscated one RPG launcher, one AK-47 assault rifle with a full ammunition magazine, a tripod and mount for a machine gun and one bolt-action rifle. The individual was captured without incident.

Iraqi Civil Defense Corps forces and 3rd Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment initiated the next phase of the ongoing Operation Final Cut west of Bayji in the early morning of Feb. 13. Soldiers cordoned off an area west of Bayji and began the search for the suspected leaders of an anti-Coalition cell in Sulayman. Soldiers raided numerous locations and captured four individuals specifically targeted. The soldiers also located and confiscated two AK-47 assault rifles, five pounds of PE-4 plastic explosives, 50 blasting caps, 150 feet of detonation cord and 400 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition.

An Iraqi citizen came to the civil-military operations center in Ba'qubah during the evening of Feb. 12 and told soldiers he thought an improvised explosive device was buried in his front yard. An explosive ordnance disposal team went to the site and discovered a device consisting of eight 120 mm artillery shells. The EOD team retrieved the IED and moved to a nearby forward operating base. The device is scheduled for destruction.

Soldiers from 2nd Brigade Combat Team raided a building 8 kilometers south of Ba'qubah during the afternoon of Feb. 12 after an Iraqi citizen informed them that a person targeted for capture because he is a suspected financier of attacks on the Ba'qubah radio tower would be attending a meeting. Twenty other individuals were captured in the raid without incident.

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