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Suspected Insurgent Recruiter Nabbed in Fallujah

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 30, 2005 Iraqi army troops working with coalition personnel detained a suspected insurgent recruiter Sept. 29 in Fallujah, Iraq, military officials reported today.

Troops from the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 1st Iraqi Intervention Force, conducted a joint cordon-and-search operation with coalition troops and detained the individual at his residence. The suspect is being held for further questioning.

Elsewhere, Iraqi police and explosive ordnance disposal personnel neutralized a bomb Sept. 29 in Muthanna after responding to a report of an initial explosion. An Iraqi explosives team found a secondary device, consisting of a small amount of explosives in a plastic bottle, on the scene. It was defused as police cordoned off the area.

In various districts of Baghdad on Sept. 28 and 29, Task Force Baghdad soldiers located and destroyed several bombs before the munitions could be detonated.

At 7 p.m. Sept. 28, soldiers operating in an area southwest of Baghdad found a 122 mm round in a crack in the road. Later that day, soldiers found a 130 mm round northwest of Baghdad. The IED was buried in a hole where a roadside bomb had previously been detonated.

Early on the morning of Sept. 29, U.S. forces working west of Baghdad found three Italian anti-tank mines primed with a blasting cap set on the side of the road.

Shortly afterward, artillery rounds were found in two different locations. Two 155 mm rounds were found on a major highway south of Baghdad. U.S. forces also found five 125 mm artillery rounds south of Baghdad.

Explosive ordnance disposal teams safely disabled or detonated all of the found munitions.

In other news from Iraq, Task Force Baghdad soldiers on a dismounted patrol in the Radwiniyah area of the capital Sept. 28 received a tip from an Iraqi citizen leading to the discovery of a large weapons cache.

The cache included 175 sticks of dynamite, 109 grenades, 59 82 mm mortars, 53 122 mm artillery rounds, 46 anti-personnel mines, 28 rocket-propelled grenades, 24 122 mm mortar rounds, 23 fragmentation grenades, 20 blasting caps, six 107 mm rockets, two 7-foot rocket launchers, a 57 mm missile, a machine gun and 1,000 rounds, 20 pounds of TNT, a box of assorted fuses, and assorted ammunition.

An explosive ordnance disposal team was called to the scene to safely detonate the cache. Three suspected terrorists were detained as a result of the find.

Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry Regiment, 48th Brigade Combat Team, have found nine weapons caches of significant size hidden in various locations since a shift in their area of responsibility less than a month ago.

Also on Sept. 28, Task Force Baghdad soldiers in eastern Baghdad stopped a suspicious vehicle. The operator of the vehicle tried to escape but was detained. Soldiers discovered the suspected terrorist had a rocket-propelled grenade in his possession.

"Any person found with a rocket-propelled grenade is up to no good," said Army Capt. Matthew Dawson, an operations officer with the 2nd Brigade Combat Team. "We will continue to work with Iraqi security forces in our zone in the aggressive pursuit of all terrorists."

Half an hour later, Iraqi security forces near Salman Pak discovered a bomb concealed in a motorcycle and deactivated it before it was detonated.

"This shows the vigilance and professionalism of the Iraqi security forces," said Army Col. Joseph DiSalvo, commander of 2nd BCT. "They are alert and focused on keeping the community safe from the terrorists who want to do nothing but kill innocent Iraqis."

On the morning of Sept. 29, Iraqi police responded to a terrorist attack on a bus carrying civilians. Police reported that four civilians were killed and five were wounded when terrorists fired small arms into the bus.

"This is another example of the horror the terrorists are bringing to Iraq. These people were innocent, and that anyone could target their vehicle is unconscionable," DiSalvo said.

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