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Task Force Liberty joint operations capture terrorists and weapons

Multi-National Force-Iraq

TIKRIT, Iraq – Across North-Central Iraq this past week, deliberate raids by Iraqi Security Forces and Task Force Liberty Soldiers resulted in the capture of suspected terrorists and weapons, helping secure the region for upcoming elections.

The 116th Brigade Combat Team of Task Force Liberty and Iraqi security forces led the way in deliberate raids in Kirkuk Province this week, netting several wanted terrorists, an array of exotic weaponry to include a Sterling light machine-gun and a bag of swords, and Ba'ath Party relics including outdated ID cards bearing the image of deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

Fake police and oil company ID cards, computers, cameras, uniforms, two dozen rifles and pistols, three RPG sights, a land mine, information regarding the movement of Coalition forces, $2,300 (U.S.) and more than three million Iraqi Dinar were also captured in the raids, which took place in the North-Central Iraq cities of Kirkuk and Hawija. The 116th BCT detained more than a dozen individuals for questioning in the course of these missions.

Raids this week by the 1st BCT and Iraqi security forces in Salah Ad Din Province captured two wanted terrorists and seized two rifles, a pistol and several cellular and satellite phones. Four other individuals were detained for investigation.

Meanwhile, the 278th Regimental Combat Team of Task Force Liberty raided a series of targets near Jalula and other locations in Diyala Province , capturing five terrorist suspects and detaining more than a dozen others for questioning.

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For more information, please contact the 42ND Infantry Division Public Affairs Office 42 ID PAO at fortysecond.id.pao@us.army.MIL .

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