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March 7, 2004
Release Number: 04-03-20


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


4th Infantry Division and Task Force Ironhorse operations

TIKRIT, Iraq - 4th Infantry Division and Task Force Ironhorse conducted
182 patrols and seven raids and captured 27 individuals Saturday and
Sunday.

Fifty-four 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 operations include four AK-47 assault
rifles, two rocket-propelled grenade-launchers, two RPG rounds, two
mortar rounds, one rocket, 30 cans of rocket fuel, one magnesium primer
and two improvised explosive devices.

4th Infantry Division soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment
conducted a raid Saturday near As Sadah to capture two individuals
suspected of preaching anticoalition messages. The individuals are being
detained for questioning.

4th Infantry Division soldiers and the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps
conducted a joint raid near Abu Karmah Saturday to capture several
suspects responsible for emplacing IEDs. The soldiers captured five
individuals who are being detained for questioning.

Task Force Ironhorse soldiers conducted a joint raid with the Iraqi
Police on an anti-Coalition forces' weapons cache southwest of Kirkuk
Saturday. The soldiers confiscated 30 cans of rocket fuel and one
magnesium primer. The cache was secured and later destroyed.

Iraqi police conducted a raid Saturday near Hib Hib to capture Shiek
Amir, an individual suspected in attacks against anticoalition forces.
The police captured Sheik Amir and turned him over to 4th Infantry
Division soldiers from the 588th Engineer Battalion and coalition forces
for questioning.

4th Infantry Division soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry
Regiment conducted a raid Saturday to capture individuals suspected of
attacking coalition forces near Al Mansuriyah. The soldiers detained two
individuals during the raid for questioning.

Iraqi police reported a cache of rocket and mortar rounds to 4th
Infantry Division soldiers from the 4th Battalion, 42nd Field Artillery
Regiment near Ad Dawr Saturday. Soldiers from the 1st Squadron, 4th
Cavalry conducted a patrol to investigate the cache and discovered four
cylinders six to eight feet long that the police suspect were used to
fire rockets. The tubes were confiscated and later destroyed.

Acting on information provided by an Iraqi citizen, 4th Infantry
Division soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment
conducted a raid near Bayji Saturday to capture individuals suspected of
an RPG attack in late January. Soldiers captured two individuals and
confiscated one computer, one AK-47 and one loaded AK-47 magazine. The
captured individuals were taken to a coalition detention center for
questioning.

The ICDC conducted a raid south of Ad Duluiyah Sunday to capture an
individual suspected of conducting attacks against coalition forces. The
individual suspected in the attacks was not captured, but the ICDC
confiscated two RPG launchers, two RPG rounds, one 60 mm mortar round,
one 82 mm mortar round and one 82 mm mortar carrying case. The weapons
were moved to a coalition facility and later destroyed.

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TEXT FOR RELEASE AND OPSEC REVIEW PROVIDED BY: 4TH INFANTRY DIVISION
PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE. FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT LT COL BILL
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