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Rockets Hit Baghdad Hotel; Iraqi Forces Nab Weapons

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, March 8, 2004 - The Al Rasheed Hotel in Baghdad absorbed multiple hits from an insurgent rocket attack March 7, while Iraqi Civil Defense Corps forces seized an arms cache in Duluiyah the same day, according to Combined Joint Task Force 7 press releases.

The hotel was hit by as many as five rockets, the release stated. A civilian contractor was wounded in the attack, which may have included as many as seven rockets. Authorities are investigating the incident.

ICDC forces in Duluiyah seized a bounty of weapons during a raid the same day, to include: two rocket-propelled-grenade launchers, two RPG shells, one 60 mm mortar round, one 82 mm mortar round, and one 82 mm mortar carrying case, according to a CJTF 7 release. The weapons were moved to another location and destroyed.

Other CJTF 7 releases detailed the following weekend operations.

Task Force Olympia troops in northern Iraq on March 7 detained nine people suspected of planning assaults on coalition forces.

Concerned Iraqi citizens in Sinjar approached U.S. 14th Cavalry Regiment troops on March 7, and turned in 36 high-explosive rounds, 72 90 mm rounds, 199 RPG rounds, 11 RPG launchers, 279 60 mm mortar rounds, 162 82 mm mortar rounds, four 40 mm grenades, three mines, eight 115 mm rounds, four RPG night-vision devices, one 82 mm mortar tube, and 500 14.5 mm rounds.

Task Force Olympia soldiers and ICDC forces teamed up March 6 to stop the robbery of a dump truck in Qarrayah. The robbers seized the truck from a local refinery, but ICDC checkpoints prevented them from pulling off the heist. The robbers abandoned the truck and fled.

Soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division and Task Force Ironhorse conducted 182 patrols and seven raids March 6 and 7, capturing 27 suspects. Of those actions, 54 were joint operations with the Iraqi police, ICDC and Border Guard forces.

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