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March 11, 2004
Release Number: 04-03-30



TIKRIT, Iraq - 4th Infantry Division and Task Force Ironhorse conducted 162 patrols and seven raids and captured 21 individuals Monday and Tuesday.

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 seven AK-47 assault rifles, two machine guns, one pistol, one mortar, 12 mortar rounds, nine rocket-propelled-grenade launchers, 16 rocket-propelled-grenade rounds, eight grenades, 12 262 mm rockets, six bayonets, one shotgun, one rifle, 1,000 blasting caps and 550 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition.

Task Force Ironhorse soldiers from 1st Battalion, 68th Armor regiment discovered seven improvised explosive devices during a convoy west of Tarmiya Monday. Five of the devices consisted of 130 mm mortar rounds and two were 155 mm rounds. Firing mechanisms varied and included electronic blasting caps, daisy chains and detonation cord. Explosive ordnance disposal personnel destroyed the IEDs.

Task Force Ironhorse soldiers with 244th Engineer Battalion captured one individual and confiscated 1.7 million dinar along with 1,000 electric blasting caps during a search of a house located just north of Taji Monday. The individual and contraband were turned over to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team.

Iraqi police conducted a raid on a mosque in the town of Hib Hib Monday. They discovered the targeted individual, Tariq Abu Abdullah, making an improvised explosive device. The individual was taken to Khalis jail and will be transferred to the 2nd BCT detention facility for questioning.

Task Force Ironhorse and soldiers from the Iraqi Armed Forces' 1st Battalion conducted a joint raid south of Mandali Monday that resulted in the confiscation of one AK-47 assault rifle, one shotgun and two grenades.

4th Infantry Division soldiers at a traffic-control point southwest of Abu Sayda were attacked with small arms fire from a white Kia Monday. The soldiers returned fire, killing the driver. The two passengers were captured. No soldiers were injured and no equipment was damaged.

Task Force Ironhorse soldiers from 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment captured two targeted individuals, Hawas Maneh Salleh and Makmed Mohammed Hussein, in a raid near Huwijah. The targets were suspected of attacking coalition forces. The Monday midnight raid also resulted in the confiscation of two heavy machine guns, a spare barrel, nine rocket propelled grenade launchers, seven RPG rounds, six antiarmor RPG rounds and 7.62 mm and .30 caliber ammunition.


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