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Seizures and Detainments on the Rise, Adding to Election Security

Mosul, Iraq
- Multi-National Forces from 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), continued operations to ensure security for the elections, detaining seven individuals in northern Iraq on Jan. 26.

Multi-National Force Soldiers detained four individuals suspected of being involved with an anti-Iraqi insurgent cell while conducting a raid south of Mosul. Suspects are in custody with no MNF injuries reported.

Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 14th Armored Cavalry Regiment, detained three individuals suspected of anti-Iraqi activity while conducting cordon and search operations in Tal Afar. Suspects are in custody with no MNF injuries reported.

Military officials have said the Mosul area is becoming safer with each seizure and removal of dangerous weapons and detention of anti-Iraqi insurgents. Since Jan. 5, Iraqi Security Forces and Multi-National Forces have detained 314 individuals and confiscated numerous weapons and munitions. The operations will continue to increase as elections near to ensure the safety of Iraqi citizens wishing to vote.

Multi-National Forces from Task Force Olympia continue to work together with members of the Iraqi Security Forces, leaders and citizens of Iraq to help build and maintain a prosperous and democratic nation. Anyone with information should call the Joint Coordination Center's telephone numbers at 513462 or 07701623300.

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