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Multi-National Forces Detain 36 in Early Morning Operations

Tikrit, Iraq
- Three separate operations Jan. 16 resulted in the detention of 36 suspected anti-Iraqi forces individuals.

An operation near Hawijah by 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment and Multi-National Forces accounted for 15 of the detainees along with 650,000 Iraqi Dinar and $170 U.S. Suspected of planning attacks against Multi-National Forces, the individuals were taken into custody around 3 a.m. Jan. 16.

Another 1-27 Infantry mission with Iraqi police in Kirkuk, conducted concurrently with the Hawijah mission, accounted for 16 of the total detained.

A third mission by 1st Infantry Division Soldiers from the 82nd Engineer Battalion accounted for the remaining five, who were detained about 5:10 a.m. near Baqubah. The Soldiers transported the individuals to a Coalition detention facility for questioning.

Release #050116p

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