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April 26, 2004
Release Number: 04-04-21


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TIPS LEAD TO CAPTURE OF HIGH-VALUE TARGET, MUNITIONS AND IED COMPONENTS

CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq -- After getting a tip from a local Iraqi near Karmah early Friday morning, Marines captured an individual who has orchestrated attacks against Coalition forces.

Marines were conducting "knock-and-talk" operations, moving through neighborhoods and asking residents if they had seen suspicious activities. Upon knocking on the door of one house, they discovered a family holding a wake for a teenage boy killed by anti-Coalition forces, according to the father.

The father pointed out the location of the man suspected of the crime and Marines detained the man after making a positive identification. Marines quickly realized the man was a high-value target after checking his identity against previously collected information.

During their movement through Karmah, this same group of Marines found and destroyed 62 improvised explosive devices along key routes near the city.

Soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, serving with the 1st Marine Division, raided a series of homes of suspected enemy insurgents Thursday night at about 10:30 p.m. They detained 31 persons and uncovered seven weapons caches. They recovered the following munitions, weapons and components common to improvised explosive devices:

Three AK-47 rifles
20 AK-47 magazines
15 cases of 7.62 ammunition
One SKS rifle
Two 50-round bandoliers of SKS ammunition
One bolt-action rifle
Three red flares
40 doorbells
Tractor batteries
Four 155mm fuse caps
Assorted electrical components
One homemade rocket launcher
30 57mm rockets
One RPG night sight
Rocket-propelled-grenade propellant
M-77 TNT charges
100 pounds of TNT and C-4 plastic explosive
One box of high-explosive grenades
One box of smoke grenades

Marines near Ramadi also raided a home of a suspected IED-maker after getting a tip. They detained five anti-Coalition forces. Marines confiscated three AK-47 rifles, IED materials, including batteries, electrical wires and switches.

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