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Daily operations summary for January 3, 2005

BAGHDAD, Iraq
- Monday, Jan 3, Multi-National Force - Iraq forces discovered and cleared 13 improvised explosive devices, discovered and cleared eight weapons caches, conducted five cordons and searches of suspected anti-Iraqi forces facilities, conducted one raid on a suspected anti-Iraqi forces facility and detained 40 suspected AIF.

As elements of the 25th Infantry Division, 81st Enhanced Separate Brigade and the 6th Brigade of the Iraqi Special Police Commandos arrived in Mosul today to provide enhanced security and stability for the January 30 elections, Multi-National Forces conducted two cordon and search operations in the city yielding two detainees and a weapons cache.

Multi-National Forces conducted two cordon and search operations in Ad Duluiyah, north of Baghdad, which resulted in the capture of 11 suspected AIF personnel and the discovery of two weapons and explosives caches. In operations west of Baghdad, Multi-National Forces discovered two weapons caches and safely defused an improvised explosive device in the vicinity of Abu Ghurayb Prison.

More than a dozen operations were conducted by Multi-National Forces in the Baghdad area. These operations led to the detention of 15 suspected AIF personnel and the discovery and destruction of seven weapons caches. These caches contained a wide variety of weapons from pistols and explosive materials to RPG launchers and large bombs.

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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