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March 5, 2004
Release Number: 04-03-12


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


4th ID and Task Force Ironhorse operations

TIKRIT, Iraq - 4th Infantry Division and Task Force Ironhorse conducted 207 patrols and three raids and captured 38 individuals Wednesday and Thursday.

Twenty-six of the patrols were joint operations conducted with the Iraqi police, 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, four machine guns, one 9 mm pistol, seven rocket-propelled grenades, ten RPG rounds, three mortar systems, 46 mortar rounds, 43 grenades, 13 blasting caps, 254 artillery rounds, 25 tank rounds, five SPG rounds, four sticks of TNT, 35 sticks of plastic explosive, 230 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition, one rocket, eight improvised explosive devices, $250 U.S. and 2.1 million Iraqi dinar.

Task Force Ironhorse soldiers from the 558th Engineer Group conducted a raid east of Baqubah Wednesday. They captured two individuals, including one individual suspected in emplacing an IED at the Baqubah governor's building Monday.

Iraqi Police and 4th Infantry Division soldiers apprehended Sami Ahmed in a joint raid. Ahmed is the suspected leader of a local Wahabi terrorist cell and former Iraqi Intelligence service officer. 588th Engineer Battalion soldiers apprehended Ahmed along with 13 individuals. Nine of the 13 were specifically targeted as suspects in attacks against U.S. forces in the area. Soldiers also confiscated six AK-47 assault rifles, one pistol, two bolt-action rifles and documentation including a CD-ROM.

4th Infantry Division soldiers from 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment captured three suspected members of a local terrorist cell near Tarmiyah during a raid Thursday. The primary target was not at the residence, but the soldiers detained the other men for questioning.

The Iraqi Civil Defense Corps and coalition forces searched a bunker south of Muqdadiyah and discovered a cache of weapons Wednesday during a joint raid. The coalition forces captured six individuals. Four individuals were released after initial questioning, but two individuals were detained. The cache consisted of one DHsK machine gun, one RPK machine gun with parts, two 60 mm mortar systems, one 60 mm mortar base plate, six RPG launchers, seven RPG rounds, 35 hand grenades, 35 sticks of plastic explosives, two 120 mm mortar rounds, 10 82 mm mortar rounds, 20 60 mm mortar rounds, seven blasting caps, one artillery fuse, 230 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition, one bayonet and one IED-making kit.

A Task Force Ironhorse OH-58D helicopter reconnaissance team identified a broken-down flatbed truck while conducting reconnaissance along Highway 1 west of Abachi. Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment investigated and were told by the driver that he was contracted to transport munitions, but no documentation was available. A search of the vehicle revealed 250 155 mm rounds that had been hollowed out. While questioning the driver, six more trucks arrived. The drivers' stories were confirmed, and they were released following questioning.

Task Force Ironhorse soldiers assigned to 341st Military Police Company located a cache of 25 130 mm tank rounds near a destroyed tank approximately 12 kilometers south of Ad Dujayl Thursday. Soldiers from the 1st Battalion 68th Armor Regiment and Explosive Ordinance Detachment secured the cache and transported the rounds for destruction.

1st Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment reported hearing several rounds impact on Forward Operating Base Ironhorse Thursday. One round detonated and two were duds. There were no casualties or damage to equipment because of the attack.

EOD removed one of the dud rounds and destroyed it in a nearby parking lot because it had a damaged fuse and was deemed unsafe to transport. The 1st Squadron, 10 Armored Cavalry Regiment dispatched a quick-reaction force to the location where the mortar fire originated. No personnel or equipment were found during an initial search. However, a later raid on a house in the area from which the mortars were fired resulted in the capture of six individuals suspected in the attack.


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




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