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American Forces Press Service

Iraqi Soldiers Showcase Capabilities During Raids

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 29, 2005 The 3rd Iraqi Army Battalion working with U.S. troops from 1st Brigade Combat Team of Multinational Division Central South carried out a raid one kilometer south of Mashru, Iraq, Aug. 28.

Twelve suspects were detained during the cordon-and-search operation. Iraqi soldiers also confiscated eight AK-47 assault rifles and 10 hand grenades. The raid was conducted in response to a small-arms attack earlier in the day against an Iraqi Army patrol. There were no injuries from the attack.

This success demonstrates the Iraqi Army's growing capability to quickly respond to insurgent violence, according to officials, and illustrates the improving ability of Iraqi soldiers to provide a safe and secure environment for the Iraqi people.

Also, Iraqi Army soldiers conducted a cordon-and-search operation in Khadasia, six kilometers north of Tikrit on Aug. 28, in an effort to locate a known improvised-explosive-device manufacturer, according to a multinational forces report.

Soldiers with 1st Brigade, 4th Iraqi Army Division, detained 11 suspected insurgents during the search. Soldiers also found one AK-47, two shotguns, one vehicle and a large sum of money. The main target of the search, an IED builder, was captured, along with an anti-Iraq force financier.

No injuries or damages were reported.

Also, Iraqi Army soldiers and coalition forces conducted an Aug. 28 cordon-and-search operation in Habbaniyah, targeting several houses believed to be harboring insurgents.

Soldiers with 3rd Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 1st Iraqi Intervention Force, and elements of 135 Engineers and Task Force 1-110 detained 12 suspected insurgents. The Iraqis also recovered three Iraqi police vehicles and three civilian vehicles. The detainees and confiscated vehicles were transported to Camp Habbaniyah for processing.

No injuries or damages were reported.

And Iraqi Army soldiers and U.S. Marines searched more than 135 houses during a joint operation in Fallujah on Aug. 28, according to a multinational forces report.

Soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 1st Iraqi Intervention Force, and elements of 1st Battalion, 6th U.S. Marines, detained three suspected insurgents during the operation. One detainee had an AK-47, while another was found with multiple Motorola battery chargers. Two computers were also seized. All three detainees were transported to a detention center for screening.

Elsewhere in Fallujah that day, officers with 2nd Battalion, 2nd Public Order Brigade, detained two individuals for distributing anti-coalition pamphlets, tapes, and compact discs. The detainees were transferred to a holding facility for further questioning.

No injuries or damages were reported.

(Compiled from Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq.)

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