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HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND
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February 26, 2004
Release Number: 04-02-47


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


TF OLYMPIA DETAINS SUSPECTS IN NORTHER IRAQ

MOSUL, Iraq - Soldiers from 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team) under the operational control of Task Force Olympia detained personnel suspected of anti-coalition activities in northern Iraq Wednesday.

Soldiers from 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment returned fire on a group of four assailants Wednesday night following a rocket-propelled-grenade attack near Hammam Al Alil. The coalition soldiers killed one assailant, and the remaining suspects ran into a nearby building. The unit immediately cordoned off the building and conducted a search that resulted in the unit detaining two suspects.

In Mosul, soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment conducted two cordon-and-search operations and detained five personnel suspected of anti-coalition activities.

Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment conducted a cordon-and-search operation outside of Mosul and detained three personnel associated with anti-coalition activities, including one target suspected of selling illegal weapons in northern Iraq.

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