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HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND
7115 South Boundary Boulevard
MacDill AFB, Fla. 33621-5101
Phone: (813) 827-5894; FAX: (813) 827-2211; DSN 651-5894

March 5, 2004
Release Number: 04-03-13


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Stryker Brigade detains subjects, collects weapons

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 and conducted ongoing weapons collection operations in northern Iraq Thursday.

Soldiers from 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment responded to small-arms fire and rocket impacts near Hamam Al Alil Thursday. Four subjects were spotted on a rooftop engaging the patrol, and the patrol returned fire. A second group from the battalion maneuvered to the house and was ambushed by two other subjects. The soldiers returned fire and detained both subjects. One suspect was injured in the engagement. When the unit arrived at the house, they found one suspect with an AK-47 and burn marks on the roof from rocket launches. The suspect was detained. Two other suspects were found dead.

Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment conducted a cordon-and-search operation in Mosul and detained one subject suspected of anticoalition activities. Soldiers from 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment discovered an improvised explosive device outside Mosul. The IED consisted of five 122 mm artillery rounds. Concerned Iraqi citizens came to 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment headquarters in Tall Afar and turned in 11 artillery rounds of various calibers and 96 antiaircraft rounds.

Anyone with information about criminal or terrorist activities should inform the Iraqi police or coalition forces or call the Tips Hotline at 813-343 or 780-013. To turn in weapons or munitions, contact any coalition soldier or call the hotline at 813-343.


TEXT FOR RELEASE AND OPSEC REVIEW PROVIDED BY: TASK FORCE OLYMPIA, MULTINATIONAL BRIGADE - NORTH PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE. FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT LT COL JOSEPH PIEK AT JOSEPH.PIEK@US.ARMY.MIL


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