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February 26, 2004
Release Number: 04-02-48


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


4ID OPERATIONAL UPDATE

TIKRIT, Iraq - 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment of 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division soldiers discovered an ammunition cache southeast of Kirkuk Tuesday.

The cache consisted of 126 60 mm mortars and 60 82 mm mortar rounds. An explosive ordinance disposal team destroyed the munitions.

A coalition convoy was attacked Tuesday in Baqubah by anti-coalition forces using an improvised explosive device. The convoy continued without sustaining any significant damage. Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment and Iraqi Civil Defense Corps saw five individuals flee from the attack site. The soldiers pursued the men into a nearby building and captured all of them. They are being held for questioning.

Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment of the 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division raided a building in Sordonia, 9 kilometers southwest of Riyadh, Tuesday looking for a weapons cache and the persons responsible for storing the weapons. An Iraqi citizen provided the information. Soldiers captured three individuals and located and confiscated one rocket-propelled-grenade launcher, six 82 mm mortar rounds and five ammunition magazines filled with AK-47 ammunition.

Individuals using an improvised explosive device attacked a patrol from C Company, 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment 4 kilometers west of Tarmiyah Tuesday. No one in the patrol was injured and there was no damage to equipment. Soldiers searched the area with the assistance of OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters and found a second IED hidden in weeds. The patrol captured one person who is suspected of placing the IED. He is being held for questioning.

After an attack in the village of Samir in the evening of Feb. 18th that destroyed an Iraqi Civil Defense Corps vehicle, the ICDC and Iraqi police worked together to capture the person responsible based on eyewitness identification. Tuesday afternoon, the commander of the ICDC in the area and a captain in the Duluiyah police department brought the suspected attacker to Forward Operating Base Pacesetter and turned him over to coalition forces. The individual is being held for questioning as the investigation continues.

Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment on patrol discovered an improvised explosive device near Khalis Tuesday. As they approached the IED, the soldiers saw two men running from the scene. The patrol pursued and captured one of the men. The IED was partially buried and consisted of two sticks of TNT. The IED was rendered inert and was transported to a nearby forward operating base. The captured attacker is being held for questioning.

An Iraqi citizen provided information to 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment of 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division soldiers about a possible weapons and ammunition cache south of Kirkuk. Soldiers went to the location Tuesday and discovered one 37 mm anti-aircraft gun and 100 rounds of 37 mm anti-aircraft ammunition. The patrol disabled the weapon with hand grenades and an explosive ordinance disposal team destroyed the ammunition.

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