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Iraqi, U.S. Forces Capture Terrorists, Suspected Insurgents

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 26, 2005 U.S. soldiers from Task Force Liberty and Iraqi army soldiers captured six terrorists during a joint raid in Barwannah, Iraq, military officials said today.

The troops also discovered two weapons caches, containing one 82 mm mortar system, 14 rocket-propelled grenades, three remote-control detonators, and two assault rifles.

Task Force Liberty and Iraqi army soldiers killed a suspected terrorist was killed and wounded and captured another when the individuals fired on the combined force. In another incident, Task Force Liberty soldiers captured two key terrorists in a pair of overnight raids Aug. 25 and today. The terrorists are suspected of financing and enabling terrorist acts in north-central Iraq, according to Multinational Force Iraq news releases.

Soldiers detained the first suspect after receiving information that he was attending a meeting in Dwar, which is located between Tikrit and Bayji. The second terrorist was captured along with two other suspects in Hawija, a rural area of northern Iraq.

Iraqi security forces and coalition forces from Task Force Freedom Aug. 25 and today detained 16 individuals suspected of terrorist activity in western Mosul.

Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment captured two of the terrorists. Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment detained four individuals suspected of terrorist activity and discovered weapons, ammunition, and explosives during separate operations in eastern Mosul. The suspects are in custody, and no injuries were reported among coalition or Iraqi security forces.

In another raid, U.S. soldiers from 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, detained nine individuals suspected of terrorist activity at a checkpoint in Rawah.

Soldiers from 2nd Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, captured one individual suspected of terrorist activity during a raid east of Tal Afar, a key staging point for foreign fighters infiltrating Iraq via minor roads from the Syran border to the west.

Responding to reports of a drive-by shooting at the market in Haswah, Iraqi police captured the shooters Aug. 25. Police were told that a white Opel car carrying four passengers fired on civilians in the market causing a small fire, which was extinguished by the fire department while police chased the suspect vehicle. The police apprehended three suspects, but the driver fled the scene.

In news from Baghdad, officials said on Aug. 25 that Iraqi security forces continue to respond capably to reports of improvised explosive devices and unexploded ordnance.

Soldiers with the 4th Iraqi Army Division concluded Operation Lightning Strike, which consisted of a series of cordon and search missions in Abayach, about 50 miles north of Baghdad.

Soldiers discovered the command end of a command-wired improvised explosive device and traced it back to the explosive device. The IED was a 130 mm round rigged for detonation. An explosive ordnance disposal team destroyed the IED in place. Soldiers detained one male suspect at the scene.

Elsewhere, Iraqi police discovered and cleared a small cache of munitions in Tuz, 110 miles north of Baghdad. Police found three 122 mm Russian rounds, one 120 mm Russian mortar, nine 82 mm Russian mortars, one 82 mm Chinese mortar, and one rocket-propelled grenade.

The munitions were transported to the Joint Command Center, where an explosive ordnance disposal team secured them for later destruction.

In Mosul, Iraqi Police killed a suspected terrorist in an exchange of small-arms fire.

In other news, a fire caused by mechanical failure broke out at an oil pipeline in southern Baghdad around 8:30 p.m. Aug. 25. The pipeline valve was shut off, minimizing the amount of time the fire burned. Iraqi and U.S. soldiers secured the area around the pipeline.

Earlier this week, Iraqi army and coalition forces, working together and independently, took 19 suspected terrorists into custody while conducting a series of combat operations in and around Baghdad on Aug. 21. Tips received from Iraqi citizens led to the detention of 12 of the 19 terror suspects.

Thirteen of the suspects were captured during five pre-dawn raids carried out in western, central and southern Baghdad. Iraqi army and U.S. Task Force Baghdad soldiers also netted a computer, two AK-47 assault rifles, and improvised-explosive-device fuses during the raids.

A combined force of Iraqi army and Task Force Baghdad soldiers carried out the largest operation of the day at noon. Acting on information provided by another Iraqi citizen, soldiers searched an insurgent safe house in southern Baghdad and captured six suspects thought to be involved in terrorist activities.

At about the same time, Task Force Baghdad soldiers manning a traffic control point stopped a vehicle at a busy intersection in eastern Baghdad. When the soldiers searched the car, they found a shotgun and four pistols hidden inside. The patrol detained the suspect and brought him into custody for questioning.

In other combat operations Aug. 21, a Task Force Baghdad unit patrolling in northwest Baghdad struck an improvised explosive device. No one was injured in the attack, and when the soldiers searched a nearby house they found an AK-47 assault rifle and a machine gun with 10 ammunition magazines.

The unit also found binoculars, a periscope and 40 to 50 circuit boards, which could have been used to detonate bombs. The patrol took the owner of the house into custody for questioning.

(Compiled from Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq, Multinational Force Iraq, and Task Force Baghdad news releases.)

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