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Marine Expeditionary Unit catches bomb-maker

Camp Ripper, Iraq
-- A successful limited-scale raid conducted in Karabilah on January by elements of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) netted an improvised explosive device (IED) maker, who proudly admitted to attacking and killing Multi-National Forces.

The 31st MEU is determined to capture or kill known insurgents by finding them where they live.

Several large caches of weapons, documents and ammunition were seized from the insurgent's residence. These weapons caches contained enough IED material to produce more than 30 IEDs.

The detainee claimed that he had retrieved all of the ordnance from an old Iraqi army ammunition supply point, loaded his vehicle full of ordnance, and then returned home. He buried the ordnance in a variety of locations on his property.

This IED maker stated that he began constructing IEDs during the summer months of 2003 and personally detonated several IEDs against Multi-National Forces' convoys.

The 31st MEU continues to enhance security and stability in western Iraq and the Al Anbar Province in advance of the upcoming Iraqi elections.

                                                                                                                                             

Release #050120y



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