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March 9, 2004
Release Number: 04-03-24


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4ID, TF IRONHORSE CAPTURE SUSPECTS, CONFISCATE WEAPONS

TIKRIT, IRAQ - 4th Infantry Division and Task Force Ironhorse conducted 194 patrols and eight raids and captured 49 individuals Sunday and Monday.

Twenty-eight 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 six AK-47 assault rifles, five machine guns, two pistols, three 60 mm mortar rounds, five 120 and 155 mm mortar rounds, four rocket-propelled-grenade launchers, 20 rocket-propelled-grenade rounds and one light antitank weapon.

4th Infantry Division soldiers with 588th Engineer Battalion captured Abu Omar, a target suspected of attacking coalition forces, during a hasty raid near Ba' qubah Sunday. Omar was captured along with three others. Information obtained from the raid resulted in the capture of 10 individuals during a second raid at approximately 12:10 a.m. Monday. This raid also resulted in the confiscation of a light antitank weapon, four rocket-propelled-grenade launchers, 12 AK-47 assault rifles, four medium machine guns, two computers and several compact discs.

4th Infantry Division soldiers from Charlie Company, 588th Engineer Battalion captured Sheik Mohammed Moriah during a raid near Khalis Sunday. Moriah, who preaches jihad and leads the Wahabi movement in Khalis, is linked to an improvised-explosive-device attack in December.

An Iraqi Civil Defense Corp's traffic-control post discovered five 120 and 155 mm mortar rounds while searching eight trailer trucks south of Sawaat Sunday. The ICDC soldiers discovered the rounds and an unknown number of mortar tubes in the trailers that were allegedly transporting scrap metal. The ICDC soldiers seized the contraband along with eight individuals who were taken to the Khalis jail, where they will remain until soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment can transport them to Forward Operating Base Warhorse for questioning.

4th Infantry Division soldiers and Iraqi National Police conducted a joint raid near Balad Ruz Sunday searching for three individuals suspected of murdering an Iraqi civilian. The Iraqi police captured five individuals. One of the captured Iraqis was wounded during the raid. No injuries to personnel or damage to equipment were sustained.

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