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Iraqi Soldiers, U.S. Marines Kill Two Attacking Insurgents

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23, 2005 Iraqi soldiers and coalition forces killed two insurgents who attacked them in the town of Hit, Iraq, Aug. 22, Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq officials said.

The joint patrol of Iraqi soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 1st Brigade, 1st Iraqi Intervention Force, and U.S. Marines from 3rd Battalion, 25th Regiment were on a dismounted security patrol when they were attacked. The troops fired two warning shots into the grill and the deck on the driver's side of a truck that was speeding toward them. The truck driver crouched down while the passenger fired a weapon at the patrol.

At that point the joint patrol fired small arms at the vehicle, causing the vehicle to stop about 100 feet past the patrol.

Upon searching the vehicle, soldiers found two dead men and recovered one AK-47 automatic rifle and several spent 7.62 mm casings. The passenger tested positive for gunpowder residue.

In other news, a citizen informant led Iraqi police to a large weapons cache in the Zohour district of Baghdad Aug. 22, officials said.

When police arrived at the location pointed out by the informant, they uncovered 68 mortar rounds buried in a field and delivered them to a local police station.

Officials said this marks the second time in two days that a significant cache was found in the same area. Thirty-two mortar rounds were discovered there on Aug. 21.

Elsewhere, Iraqi Police Service officers delivered two 120 mm rounds of unexploded ordnance they had found on patrol to a police station in Mosul Aug. 22. An Iraqi explosive ordnance disposal team removed the munitions for later disposal.

(Compiled from Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq news releases.)

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