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Soldiers Discover Roadside Bomb South f Baghdad

Forward Operating Base Kalsu, Iraq
- U.S. soldiers patrolling south of Baghdad discovered an improvised explosive device (IED) along Highway 1, Jan. 14.

Elements of the 118th Military Police Company (Airborne), operating alongside the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, noticed a tripwire running across the northbound lanes of the highway, an often difficult-to-see but telltale sign of a roadside bomb.

The wire was not stretched tight, an indication that the soldiers may have disrupted the insurgent attempting to emplace the IED.

The soldiers cordoned the area off and called in an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) team to defuse the bomb, fashioned from two 130mm artillery rounds. The EOD team safely blew the device in place.

There was no sign of the men who emplaced the IED.

Information provided by local citizens has proved instrumental in joint efforts by U.S. and Iraqi forces to root out insurgents in northern Babil province.

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