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Iraqi, U.S Soldiers nab terror suspects, seize weapons

BAGHDAD (Army News Service, May 16, 2005) – Iraqi Army and Task Force Baghdad units conducted a series of independent and joint operations May 15 to crack down on terrorists and root out weapons caches.

A joint patrol of Iraqi and U.S. Soldiers captured a self-professed bomb maker near the Saadoun neighborhood in central Baghdad. The Soldiers caught the man with $4,500 of U.S. currency in sequential $100 bills. The Iraqi Soldiers also found washing machine timers that could be used to detonate bombs.

Minutes later, Task Force Baghdad Soldiers, acting on a tip from an Iraqi citizen, arrested five terror suspects thought to have participated in drive-by shootings in southeast Baghdad. The Soldiers found numerous cell phones, wires and bomb-making materials when they apprehended the suspects.

“We are collecting better information on these terrorists. They will either be killed or captured,” said Lt. Col. Clifford Kent, 3rd Infantry Division and Task Force Baghdad spokesperson. “One reason our intelligence is better than ever is due to the Iraqi Security Forces working hand in hand with us on the front lines.”

In early morning combat operations, Task Force Baghdad Soldiers took down a suspect specifically identified as an explosives supplier to terror cells. The man was positively identified and taken into custody for questioning. Soldiers also seized nearly five pounds of plastic explosives at the site.

U.S. Soldiers netted a second specifically targeted terror suspect during another pre-dawn raid in the east Baghdad neighborhood of Sumer Al-Ghadier. The detainee is thought to be responsible for planning and conducting terrorist attacks against Iraqi civilians and multinational forces.

Task Force Baghdad Soldiers arrested a third specifically targeted terror suspect at an electronics store in south Baghdad. After positively identifying the suspect the Soldiers took the individual into custody for questioning.

In other combat operations conducted throughout the day, U.S. Soldiers in west Baghdad were attacked by a terrorist who shot a rocket propelled grenade at them. The unit identified the firer and tracked him to his house. After searching the house the Soldiers took seven suspects into custody for questioning.

Later in the day, another Task Force Baghdad unit in west Baghdad found a weapons cache containing 11 artillery rounds. An explosives ordnance team safely detonated the munitions.

(Editor’s note: Task Force Baghdad PAO provided this report.)


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