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Joint raids net suspected insurgents, large weapons cache

MOSUL, Iraq - Coalition and Iraqi forces executed several joint raids March 5 that resulted in the capture of 17 suspected insurgents and a large bounty of weapons and ammunition, according to a multinational forces report.

Elements of the Iraqi Army and the Police Force's Emergency Response Unit joined coalition Soldiers on the raids in Mosul that uncovered two separate caches. The largest included four anti-aircraft missiles, 116 rocket-propelled grenades and 11 launchers, five AK-47 automatic rifles, more than 200,000 rounds of ammunition, several complete mortar systems of various sizes and several dozen rockets.

The caches also contained 225 blasting caps, 75 hand grenades, several hundred pounds of explosive propellant, four boxes of materials used for making improvised explosive devices, radios, telephones, night vision equipment, binoculars, video camera and miscellaneous papers, to include mortar firing tables for Mosul.

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