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March 5, 2004
Release Number: 04-03-15


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


4th ID and Task Force Ironhorse operations

TIKRIT, Iraq - 4th Infantry Division and Task Force Ironhorse conducted 207 patrols and four raids and captured 10 individuals Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

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

Weapons and equipment confiscated in raids and patrols throughout the Task Force Ironhorse area of operation include 71 AK-47 assault rifles, three pistols, one machine gun, ten rocket-propelled-grenade rounds, four mortar systems, 26 mortar rounds, three grenades, one bag of artillery propellant, one roll of detonation cord, ten shotgun shells, a pound and a half of plastic explosives, 21 AK-47 magazines, 12.7 mm anti-aircraft ammunition, one can of pistol ammunition, two protective masks and two improvised explosive devices.

Task Force Ironhorse soldiers from 1st Battalion, 14 Infantry Regiment conducted a raid Thursday southeast of Tuz and captured two individuals suspected in anticoalition attacks in the towns of Hafriyah and Luqum. The soldiers confiscated two AK-47 assault rifles, four AK-47 magazines, one machine gun and two protective masks.

4th Infantry Division soldiers and Iraqi police conducted a joint raid in Buhriz in Diyala Province Thursday. Soldiers from the 588th Engineer Group and 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment captured seven individuals suspected in attacks against Coalition forces in Buhriz. Three of the seven individuals were the targets of the raid. The soldiers confiscated 57 AK-47 assault rifles during the raid.

Task Force Ironhorse soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 11th Field Artillery conducted a joint raid with coalition soldiers Wednesday in Madiawa. The raid was conducted based on information that a suspected terrorist cell leader, Sabir Ali, would be in the town. Coalition forces captured Ali and his son, both of whom are being detained for questioning.

4th Infantry Division soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 67th Armor and 3rd Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment captured seven individuals suspected of being involved in an IED attack that wounded one Task Force Ironhorse soldier Thursday near Hadid. Soldiers pursued a motorcycle and a black four-door Opel sedan following the attack. The individual on the motorcycle dismounted and attempted to flee the scene on foot but was wounded by small-arms fire. The wounded individual escaped but was captured later. Soldiers stopped the black Opel and captured three individuals. Soldiers also captured three other individuals in a building near the IED attack. The wounded individual is being treated at a local hospital under guard, and the six other individuals are being held at a coalition detention center.

Task Force Ironhorse soldiers from 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment conducted weapons-compliance inspections at political party headquarters throughout Kirkuk. They inspected 27 buildings and confiscated a variety of weapons, including nine AK-47s, 17 AK-47 magazines, one bayonet, one hand grenade, one pistol and one 60 mm mortar base plate. Two individuals were detained for making threats against Coalition forces conducting the inspections.

4th Infantry Division soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment conducted a raid to capture individuals responsible for bombing a health clinic in Baqubah last month. The soldiers captured two individuals during the raid. They are being questioned about the bombings.

An informant turned in one RPG launcher, three 60 mm mortar systems and 20 60 mm mortar rounds to 4th Infantry Division soldiers at Forward Operating Base Gabe near Baqubah Thursday.

4th Infantry Division soldiers from 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment conducted a raid near Tarmiyah Thursday to capture a suspected financier for anticoalition forces operating in Tarmiyah. The soldiers captured five individuals including the target of the raid and two members of his family. The individuals are being held for questioning.

4th Infantry Division soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment conducted a raid against anticoalition forces north of Muqdadiyah Friday. The soldiers captured three individuals suspected in mortar attacks in the area. Soldiers confiscated two AK-47 assault rifles, one 9 mm pistol, one flare gun and 12.7 mm antiaircraft ammunition. There were no injuries or damage to equipment during the raid.

A former Iraqi Civil Defense Corps soldier reported a weapons cache to a 4th Infantry Division combat patrol from 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment located southeast of Al Ouja at approximately Friday. The patrol discovered a cache of 18 82 mm mortar rounds. The soldiers secured the cache until it could be destroyed.


FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT LT COL BILL MACDONALD AT TFIRONHORSEPAO@YAHOO.COM



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