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May 3, 2004
Release Number: 04-05-02


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


TF OLYMPIA EOD DISARMS LARGE IED NEAR MOSUL

MOSUL, Iraq - Task Force Olympia contract security forces discovered a "daisy chain" of more than 10 live mortar and artillery rounds near Mosul on Saturday.

Numerous inert mortar and artillery shells were also found in the same area.

A contract security company working for Task Force Olympia in Mosul originally found a 155mm artillery shell and contacted an explosive ordnance disposal team. When EOD arrived on site, they discovered the chain of explosives.

EOD requested closure of the highway, Highway 1, a main thoroughfare between Baghdad and Mosul while they cleared the explosives.

Innocent Iraqi citizens are often killed or wounded by IEDs placed by insurgent forces along main highways.

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