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Daily Operations summary for December 31, 2004

Baghdad, Iraq
- Friday, Dec 31, Multi-National Force - Iraq forces discovered and cleared four improvised explosive devices, discovered and cleared five weapons caches, conducted three cordons and searches of suspected Anti-Iraqi Forces facilities, conducted six raids on suspected Anti-Iraqi Forces facilities and detained 122 suspected AIF fighters.

In the town of Ash Shura, Mulit-national forces conducted a cordon and search of a suspected terrorist cell area where they captured 13 Anti-Iraqi Force personnel.

North of Baghdad, soldiers from the 1st Cavalry Division detained 49 Anti-Iraqi Force personnel during cordon and search operations. Multi-national forces operating near Balad detained one suspected insurgent and confiscated a small weapons cache. Two Iraqi civilians were killed near Bayji when a suicide vehicle borne IED exploded near their vehicle. A Multi-national force patrol operating near Samarra was attacked by Anti-Iraqi Forces. The patrol sustained no casualties and captured 16 insurgents.

Multi-national forces operating west of Baghdad conducted searches in Northern Ramadi detaining three Anti-Iraqi Forces while additional searches near Husaybah netted 17 suspected Anti-Iraqi Forces. Two weapons caches were also discovered by Mulit-national forces in Fallujah.

Multi-national forces conducted numerous operations in Baghdad, capturing 6 suspected Anti-Iraqi Force personnel and confiscating numerous small-arms weapons and ammunition.

In partnership with the Iraqi government, the Multi-National Force - Iraq conducts full spectrum counter-insurgency operations to isolate and neutralize former regime extremists and foreign terrorists. The Force also organizes, trains and equips Iraqi security forces to create a security environment that allows all Iraqi people to live in peace.

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