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March 2, 2004
Release Number: 04-03-02


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


4ID AND TF IRONHORSE OPERATIONS UPDATE

TIKRIT, Iraq - 4th Infantry Division and Task Force Ironhorse has, over the past 24 hours, conducted 186 patrols and four raids and captured eight individuals.

Twenty-four of the patrols were joint operations conducted with the Iraqi police, the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps and the Border Guard.

Weapons and equipment confiscated in raids and patrols throughout the Task Force Ironhorse area of operation include one AK-47 assault rifle, two rocket-propelled-grenade rounds, 146 mortar rounds, 300 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition, 209 artillery rounds, two land mines, two RPG warheads and two improvised explosive devices.

Soldiers from Task Force Ironhorse aviation were conducting operations near the Jabal Hamrin Ridge near the Tikrit to Kirkuk highway when they discovered a cache of 100-200 artillery and mortar rounds Sunday. They informed 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division who sent a quick-reaction force to investigate and secure the cache.

Coalition forces along with Iraqi Civil Defense Corps soldiers conducted a series of joint raids to capture individuals with links to insurgents and criminal activity near Samarra Sunday morning. The raids resulted in the capture of nine individuals and soldiers confiscated two computers and a financial ledger. The captured individuals are currently being detained for questioning.

Task Force Ironhorse soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery along with ICDC soldiers stopped two trucks carrying lumber Sunday west of Altun Kapri. Upon inspection, the soldiers discovered a cache of ammunition in the trucks. The cache contained 1,000 122 mm rounds. It was taken to the Altun Kapri police station, where soldiers from the 2nd Brigade, 25th Infantry Division will destroy the munitions. Four individuals in the trucks were detained and are being held at the police station.

4th Infantry Division soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, 66th Armor Regiment conducted a raid targeting suspected weapons caches Sunday in Ash Sharqat. The soldiers searched three target locations and captured two individuals. They confiscated three AK-47 rifles, one 9 mm Makarov pistol, 75 pounds of artillery propellant, 22 AK-47 magazines, 30 12.7 mm rounds, 30 7.62 mm rounds, two radios, one radio base station and power supply, one flare gun, five flares and assorted ammunition.

The Coalition's Man Portable Air Defense Weapons , or MANPAD, buy-back program continues to have results throughout the Task Force Ironhorse area of operations. The 4th Infantry Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team purchased seven SA missiles Sunday while conducting operations in Diyala Province.

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