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Iraqi, U.S. forces capture 84 terrorists

BAGHDAD (Army News Service, May 3, 2005) – The Iraqi Army, police and U.S. Soldiers apprehended 84 suspected terrorists in 19 different combat operations conducted in and around Baghdad May 1 and 2.

The largest operation netted 40 terror suspects during raids carried out early in the morning May 2. Thirteen more suspected terrorists were captured in four other missions conducted Monday morning.

On May 1, Iraqi Security Forces and U.S. Soldiers conducted seven different missions and took 31 terror suspects into custody. The largest operation occurred after a terrorist fired a rocket-propelled grenade at a Task Force Baghdad patrol.

The Soldiers saw the gunner run down an alley and into a nearby mosque. U.S. Forces secured the area and Iraqi citizens on the scene identified the attacker. Iraqi police arrived at the site, entered the mosque and detained 18 suspects, including the attacker.

In a separate incident, three local national males parked a vehicle near a busy traffic circle in east Baghdad and exited the vehicle moments before it detonated.

While Task Force Baghdad Soldiers secured the area, Iraqi police detained the three suspects, who had tried to leave the scene in a taxi.

Iraqi Army and Iraqi police forces took an additional five suspects into custody during two other operations.

“The Iraqi Security Forces continued improvement and steady progress is to be applauded,” said Lt. Col. Clifford Kent, a Task Force Baghdad spokesperson. “More and more the Iraqi Army and Iraqi police forces are taking the fight to the terrorists and they’re succeeding in stopping them.”

In southeast Baghdad, residents of the Salman Pak neighborhood turned a weapons cache in to the Iraqi police. The Iraqi citizens gave the police 24 rockets, one improvised rocket launcher, 10 hand grenades and small arms ammunition.

In west Baghdad, two Task Force Baghdad units struck improvised explosive devices, and another unit came under small arms fire.

No one was injured in any of the three attacks, and the Soldiers captured a total of five suspects in the area of the three attacks.

(Editor’s note: Information provided by Task Force Baghdad.)

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