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Weekly Operations Summary for January 2 - 9, 2005

Baghdad, Iraq
- During operations over the past week, Multi-National Force - Iraq (MNF) forces discovered and cleared 97 improvised explosive devices, discovered and cleared 87 weapons caches, conducted 63 cordon and searches of suspected anti-Iraqi forces facilities, conducted 35 raids on a suspected anti-Iraqi forces facilities and detained 771 suspected AIF.

Major operational successes this past week include:

- Iraqi National Guard Soldiers and Multi-National Forces foiled a car bomb attempt and found a very large cache of weapons and munitions during operations in Mosul containing 15 artillery rounds, four fuel containers, and a large propane tank. They were able to disarm the fully prepared car bomb before it was used to harm innocent people. While searching the area the Iraqi National Guardsmen also found a large cache of weapons and munitions which included 93 mines, 88 artillery rounds, 5 rocket propelled grenade launchers, 34 RPG rounds, 17 grenades, 1000 feet of detonation cord, eight AK-47s, over 10,000 rounds of ammunition and roadside bomb-making components. A total of six anti-Iraq forces were detained in that operation.

- An Iraqi civilian's call to a tips hotline led Iraqi policemen to a rocket launch site in Baghdad. The Iraqi policemen disassembled the launcher and destroyed the explosives.

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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