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March 11, 2004
Release Number: 04-03-29


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STRYKER BRIGADE DETAINS NINE, COLLECTS WEAPONS, FOILS POWER LINE SABOTAGE

MOSUL, Iraq - Soldiers from 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team) detained personnel suspected of anticoalition activities and conducted ongoing weapons-collection operations in northern Iraq Tuesday and Wednesday. Coalition soldiers also foiled the sabotage of power lines in Mosul.

The Stryker Brigade Combat Team is under the operational control of Task Force Olympia.

A patrol from 1st Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment pursued five suspects who attempted to cut down power lines outside Mosul. The suspects fled when they were approached by the patrol. The unit found two roles of wire and a set of wire cutters at the scene.

Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment apprehended nine people suspected of anticoalition activities, including three targets suspected of involvement in planning attacks on coalition forces, during a series of operations conducted early Wednesday morning.

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 four rocket-propelled-grenade launchers, three RPG sights, 60 37 mm high-explosive tracer rounds, 133 60 mm mortar rounds, 167 82 mm mortar rounds, 28 120 mm mortar rounds, 12 rifle smoke grenades, six 115 mm rounds, 18 100 mm rounds and 2100 14.5 mm rounds.

Another concerned Iraqi citizen in Rabiyah approached 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment soldiers and turned in 726 rifle grenades, 182 hand grenades and 52 60 mm mortar rounds.

A concerned group of citizens turned in weapons to 1st Squadron 14th Cavalry Regiment headquarters in Tall Afar. The weapons included 112 90 mm recoilless-rifle rounds, 26 mortar rounds, one complete 60 mm mortar system, 50 hand-grenade fuses, 40 hand grenades, three 57 mm rockets, one 68 mm rocket, two 81 mm mortar rounds, five 100 mm artillery rounds and four boxes of 14.5 mm rounds.

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