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March 7, 2004
Release Number: 04-03-21


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Task Force Olympia collects weapons, ICDC foils robbery

MOSUL, IRAQ (March 6, 2004) - Soldiers from Task Force Olympia and the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps foiled a robbery attempt Saturday, and collected weapons and other explosives as part of ongoing Coalition efforts to make Iraq safer.

Soldiers from 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment and ICDC prevented the robbery of a dump truck in Qarrayah early Saturday morning. The robbers stole the truck from the Qarrayah refinery. As they fled the refinery with the stolen vehicle, an ICDC checkpoint was set up forcing the robbers to turn back. A second ICDC checkpoint was established and cut-off their escape.

The ICDC engaged the vehicles and forced them onto another route. ICDC and 5th Bn., 20th Inf. Regt., worked together to pursue the thieves. The suspects eventually stopped the truck, fled the scene and were not detained. The truck was recovered. There were no Coalition or ICDC injuries.

Concerned Iraqi citizens came to 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment headquarters in Tall Afar and turned in four boxes of 14.5mm ammunition, three rocket propelled grenade launchers, six RPG boosters, 20 recoilless rifle rounds, seven RPG rounds and one M14 anti-personnel mine.

Members of the Coalition for Iraqi Unity, a concerned group of citizens in northwestern Iraq, approached 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment near Sinjar and turned in two RPG launchers, 32 RPG rounds, 39 60mm mortar rounds and four RPG sights.

A concerned Iraqi citizen met Task Force Olympia personnel and turned in 53 60mm mortar rounds. Task Force Olympia continues to work with the citizens and leaders of Iraq to make it a safe, prosperous, and democratic nation.

Anyone with information about criminal or terrorist activities should inform the Iraqi Police, Coalition Forces, or call the Tips Hotline 813-343 or 780-013. To turn in weapons or munitions, contact any Coalition soldier or call the Hotline above to arrange turn-in.


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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