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Task Force Baghdad Soldiers undeterred by attacks

- During cordon and search operations, Task Force Baghdad Soldiers detained five suspected terrorists March 28.

Another Task Force Baghdad unit seized a weapons cache consisting of rifles, ammunition and other suspicious materials.

Soldiers with 265th Brigade Combat Team uncovered three weapons caches in the Baghdad area.

In other action March 28, Task Force Baghdad Soldiers in south Baghdad encountered three improvised explosive devices and came under fire three times in separate attacks. There were no injuries or equipment damaged in any of the attacks.

Later, a rocket exploded near the front gate of a U.S. forward operating base. No one was injured and no equipment was damaged in the attack.

Less than an hour later, a Marine unit traveling in south Baghdad was struck by an IED. The Marines detained three local national suspects. One of the suspects is believed to be a bomb maker and had two cell phones on him, which could have been used to detonate the IED.

An IED in south Baghdad blew up as Task Force Baghdad Soldiers on patrol were passing by. After the explosion the unit came under small-arms fire. The Soldiers received air support from a helicopter and returned fire for approximately 10 minutes before the criminals fled. None of the Soldiers were injured in the attack.

Two IED attacks detonated near patrols in west Baghdad, but there were no injuries in either attack.

Task Force Baghdad Soldiers on patrol in north Baghdad were also struck by an IED. No one was injured in the blast.

"Though our Soldiers continue to encounter IEDs while on patrol, we're seeing a pattern of diminishing effectiveness in these attacks," said Lt. Col. John Charlton, Task Force Baghdad's chief of operations and training. "The people who plant these roadside bombs are not just attacking Americans, they are attacking the future of Iraq. If these bomb makers would spend even 1 percent of

their energy on building a free and peaceful Iraq, this country would quickly become a leader in this part of the world."

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