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Troops Discover Explosive Devices in Baghdad

Baghdad, Iraq -- Task Force Baghdad Soldiers discovered three improvised explosive devices while patrolling the streets of the Iraqi capital last night and in the early morning hours on Jan. 28.

"With the weapons caches that we've uncovered recently and our ability to find and remove these lethal devices, we're hampering the insurgent's ability to terrorize the citizens of Baghdad," said Maj. Philip Smith, a spokesman for Task Force Baghdad and the 1st Cavalry Division.

The first IED was uncovered in western Baghdad at about 10:30 p.m. by a patrol of Soldiers from the 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment of the 10th Mountain Division. The unit noticed a small box with black tape and a flashlight attached to it. After securing the area, and explosive ordnance disposal team was called and destroyed the device with a controlled detonation.

An hour later, another 10th Mountain Division unit patrolling western Baghdad uncovered a second device. Members of the 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment discovered a 120 mm artillery round wired for detonation on a main road. The device was destroyed by controlled detonation at about 2 a.m. on Jan. 28.

A third IED was uncovered in northern Baghdad at approximately 4 a.m. today. This device was also a 120 mm round, wired for detonation. An EOD team destroyed the device in place.


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