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ISF, MNF-I Detain 17 Terrorists in Past 24 hours

Mosul, Iraq
-- Iraqi Security Forces and elements of Task Force Olympia and 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Regiment (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), detained 17 suspected terrorists during several operations throughout northern Iraq over the past 24 hours.

Soldiers of 2nd Battalion, 325 Infantry Regiment (Airborne), who deployed to Mosul to provide enhanced security for the Iraqi elections, came under small arms attack while patrolling neighborhoods in western Mosul on Jan. 4. Soldiers returned fire, wounding one of the attackers. While evacuating the wounded to a military hospital, a roadside bomb detonated near the patrol and Soldiers observed a vehicle fleeing the scene.

Aerial reconnaissance maintained visual of the vehicle and informed ground forces of its location. Soldiers quickly responded to the location and detained the six individuals, all of which remain in custody.

Soldiers from the 101st Iraqi National Guard Battalion conducted a cordon and search on Jan. 4 in southeast Mosul, an area that has seen significant attacks on Iraqi police stations, all of which have failed. Iraqi guardsmen searched the region, along with Soldiers of 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment. They detained seven suspects and confiscated two handguns, American and Iraqi currency, and anti-Multi-National Forces propaganda.

Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, detained three individuals after they observed the suspicious individuals stop their vehicle on a bridge northwest of Mosul and throw an object under the vehicle early on Jan. 5. Soldiers investigated the incident and determined the object thrown was an AK-47. Two more AK-47s were located in the vehicle, as well as anti-Multi-National Forces propaganda. The three individuals remain in custody.

Soldier from 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, conducted a cordon and search for suspected kidnappers in a northeast Mosul neighborhood on Jan. 5. Soldiers detained one suspect from the area who remains in custody.

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