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Coalition, Iraqi Forces Detain Suspects, Seize Weapons

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2005 Iraqi and coalition forces detained 10 suspects and seized weapons and ammunition in operations across Iraq on Sept. 28, military officials reported.

Iraqi soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 1st Iraqi Intervention Force, were conducting targeted raids in conjunction with coalition troops in Ramadi when they detained four men. The troops believed the men might have been involved with a previously discovered cache in central Ramadi.

Elsewhere, Iraqi troops from the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 1st Iraqi Intervention Force, and coalition troops conducting combined entry-control-point operations detained a man with suspected false identification documents in Fallujah.

In Balad, a patrol from the 4th Iraqi Army Division captured five military-aged males in the act of unraveling a length of detonation cord attached to a bomb, which was buried in the shoulder of a nearby road.

Iraqi explosive ordnance disposal experts responded and cleared the hazard, consisting of two 130 mm Chinese-made illumination artillery rounds. The detainees were taken into custody for further questioning, and no injuries or damages were reported.

During operations in Mosul, Iraqi police found and seized an ammunition cache consisting of 30 152 mm rounds and two rocket-propelled-grenade rounds. Iraqi EOD team discovered and disposed of the cache.

While recovering the ordnance, the officers came under small-arms fire but finished the operation with no injuries.

Iraqi army troops also located a large quantity of unexploded ordnance buried near Nasiriyah. The ordnance dump was believed to be a remnant of the former Iraqi regime and deemed unusable. Officials don't believe the site is linked with any currently active insurgent groups in the area.

In other news from Iraq, an investigative hearing for a soldier charged with murder in Iraq has been rescheduled.

An "Article 32" investigation hearing for Army Staff Sgt. Alberto B. Martinez, formerly of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 42nd Infantry Division (Mechanized), has been rescheduled for Oct. 31 to Nov. 2 in Kuwait, according to a Multinational Force Iraq news release.

Martinez is charged with two specifications of premeditated murder. An Article 32 hearing is a pre-trial investigation and is mandated by the Uniform Code of Military Justice before court-martial proceedings take place. The purposes of the hearing are to inquire into the truth of the charges, to consider the form of the charges, to recommend disposition of the charges and to provide the accused and his or her counsel an opportunity to see the prosecution evidence before trial.

Martinez is in pretrial confinement in Kuwait.

Coalition aircraft flew 36 close-air-support and armed-reconnaissance sorties Sept. 28 for Operation Iraqi Freedom. These missions included support to coalition troops, infrastructure protection, reconstruction activities, and operations to deter and disrupt terrorist activities, officials said.

Coalition aircraft also supported Iraqi and coalition ground forces operations to create a secure environment for ongoing Transitional National Assembly meetings.

U.S. Air Force F-15s and F-16s provided close air support to coalition troops near Asad and Balad. In addition, 11 U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Iraq. United States Air Force and British Royal Air Force fighter aircraft also performed in a nontraditional ISR role with their electro-optical and infrared sensors.

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


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