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Four Servicemembers Die; Terror Suspects, Weapons Found

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 5, 2005 One U.S. servicemember was killed and three others were injured in a non-combat related vehicle accident near Tallil, Iraq, today, military officials said.

The injured were evacuated to a combat support hospital at Tallil Air Base for further treatment.

All were assigned to Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq.

Another soldier died Nov. 4 from wounds suffered when his vehicle hit a mine near Habbaniyah, officials said. He was assigned to the 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward).

A Task Force Baghdad soldier died of wounds sustained when his convoy struck a roadside bomb in east Baghdad. Another Task Force Baghdad soldier was killed by small-arms fire south of Baghdad. Both soldiers died Nov. 4.

The names of the deceased are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Officials said Task Force Baghdad soldiers chalked up several weapons cache finds during combat operations Nov. 3-4 in districts in and near Baghdad. The stockpiles found included rockets, homemade bombs, mortars, rocket-propelled grenade launchers, grenades and ammunition. The largest haul was in an area west of Baghdad where soldiers from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, discovered a cache shortly before noon Nov. 3.

It included more than 2,000 7.62 mm rounds, 15 rocket-propelled grenade rounds, three 57 mm rockets and a launcher, eight 80 mm rounds, two mortar base plates, a mortar sighting device and an 18-inch homemade bomb.

While uncovering that cache, soldiers found a second cache consisting of 33 81 mm rounds, 26 rocket-propelled grenade rounds, 17 60 mm rounds, eight 57 mm rounds, three mortar base plates, two fragmentation grenades, two 120 mm rounds and about 300 7.62 mm rounds.

An explosives ordnance disposal team destroyed both caches.

Meanwhile, in southeast Baghdad, soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team noticed five suspicious individuals near a banana factory around 7 p.m. Nov. 3. The soldiers detained the five terror suspects and found a large weapons cache while searching the premises.

The stockpile included 19 grenades, 11 AK-47 assault rifles, eight rocket-propelled grenade rounds, five sticks of dynamite, four blasting caps, three pistols, two rocket-propelled grenade launchers, two RPK machine guns, a sniper rifle, detonation cord and a mortar sight.

Earlier on Nov. 3, a patrol from the 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, discovered another weapons cache while conducting combat operations northwest of Baghdad. The cache consisted of 10 200-pound bombs, 25 152 mm rounds, three 122 mm rounds and a 130 mm round.

Another 3rd Brigade patrol reported finding a weapons cache in west Baghdad the same day. This cache included 76 .50-caliber bullets, four rocket launchers, five mortar tubes and a sniper rifle.

Elsewhere, Iraqi police caught and detained 11 individuals in connection with mortar attacks Nov. 4 in Tal Afar.

Police acted on a tip that described the get away car as a red-colored Volkswagen. Officers located the vehicle and arrested the six persons inside.

Police officers arrested five more people after interviewing a homeowner who claimed his house was taken over and used to stage a morning mortar attack.

All eleven detainees were turned over to authorities and for further investigation.

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

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