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March 13, 2004
Release Number: 04-03-34


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


4ID AND TF IRONHORSE CAPTURE SUSPECTS, WEAPONS

TIKRIT, Iraq - 4th Infantry Division and Task Force Ironhorse conducted 143 patrols and eight raids and captured 11 individuals Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Fifty-one of the patrols were joint operations conducted with the Iraqi police, Iraqi Civil Defense Corps and the Department of Border Enforcement.

Weapons and equipment confiscated in raids and patrols throughout the Task Force Ironhorse area of operations include 15 AK-47 rifles, four Frog B missiles, five rocket-propelled-grenade launchers, 50 mortar rounds, 19 122 mm rockets, one 40 mm heat round, one rifle, one pistol, 201 cans of 14.5 mm ammunition, 229 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition and seven grenades.

4th Infantry Division soldiers with 1st and 3rd Battalions, 67th Armor Regiment captured nine individuals, six of whom were targets, during an air-assault operation near Khan Bani Sad Thursday. The targeted individuals are suspected of being members of a local terrorist cell operating in the area.

Task Force Ironhorse soldiers with 1st Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment discovered 19 122 mm rockets northwest of Krab Wednesday. The rockets were aimed at Forward Operating Base Warrior in Kirkuk. Explosive ordnance personnel destroyed the rounds Thursday.

Task Force Ironhorse soldiers from 310th Military Intelligence Battalion confiscated four Frog 7B missiles Thursday. The Iraqi Civil Defense Corps is securing the site southwest of Kirkuk until explosive ordnance personnel can assess the missiles.

Local children led a 1st Battalion, 25th Infantry Division patrol to a site where two rocket-propelled-grenade launchers were located east of Forward Operating Base Speicher. The patrol secured the site Thursday until explosive ordnance personnel transported the rounds to FOB Speicher for destruction.

Task Force Ironhorse soldiers from 1st Battalion, 7th Field Artillery Regiment apprehended two individuals and assorted weapons during a raid Thursday. The individuals and confiscated equipment were taken to Forward Operating Base Lancer.

4th Infantry Division soldiers from the 14th Engineer Battalion discovered and destroyed a cache near Al Ouja Thursday. The cache consisted of one 40 mm heat round, two hand grenades and one rocket-propelled-grenade launcher.

Soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division secured a weapons cache near Abu Shakur Thursday based on information provided by an Iraqi civilian. 1st Battalion, 77th Armor Regiment secured the cache until explosive ordnance personnel can destroy it. The cache consisted of 50-60 mortar rounds and one rocket-propelled-grenade launcher. The rounds appeared to be in the early stages of preparation to be used as IEDs.

A 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment patrol captured two individuals who were emplacing an improvised explosive device north of Ghalibiyah Thursday.

Three individuals attacked an Iraqi Civil Defense Corps patrol in Baqubah with what is suspected to be an improvised explosive device Thursday. Task Force Ironhorse soldiers with 588th Engineer Battalion heard the explosion and sent a patrol to the location. The patrol killed one and captured another individual while they were fleeing the site. The captured individual was taken to the Diyala Police.

4th Infantry Division soldiers with 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment captured four targeted individuals in a raid Friday in an area south of Kan'an. The targeted individuals were suspects in attacks against coalition forces in the area.

Soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division's 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry regiment raided a house in Tikrit Friday. The raid resulted in the confiscation of 229 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition, 40 shotgun shells and one 30-round AK-47 magazine.

First Infantry Division soldiers from 1st Battalion, 18th Infantry Regiment discovered a cache consisting of 201 cans of 14.5 mm rounds south of Al Ouja Friday. The cache was taken to Forward Operating Base Packhorse for destruction.

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