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May 11, 2004
Release Number: 04-05-21


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


IRAQ POLICE, COALITION FORCES CONDUCT RAIDS IN MOSUL

MOSUL, Iraq - More than 50 Iraqi police officers conducted three simultaneous cordon-and-knock operations in southwest Mosul May 7 to attempt to capture three people wanted for attacking Iraqi police in the Tal Ar Ruman neighborhood a week earlier.

Task Force Olympia supported the raid by establishing the cordon around each targeted location.

The operation, planned by the Iraqi police with Coalition assistance, began with police and Soldiers gathering at an undisclosed location to rehearse each team's movements during the raids.

Following the rehearsals, the police and Coalition Soldiers moved to their respective locations. The Soldiers established the "cordons" by securing the perimeter of each target area, and the Iraqi police immediately moved in to begin the "knock" operation.

Within one hour, the police searched all targeted areas and detained four individuals, including one of the suspected attackers. Police seized three AK-47 assault rifles, and other weapons.

After 60 minutes, the Iraqi police completed the operation and left all search areas. No Iraqi police or Coalition Soldiers were injured in the operation.

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