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Small-Arms Fire Claims Soldiers' Lives; Weapons Caches Found

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 22, 2005 Two Task Force Freedom soldiers were killed Nov. 19 by small-arms fire while on patrol in Mosul, Iraq, officials said today.

The soldiers' names are being withheld pending next of kin notification.

In other news from Iraq, after witnessing insurgents firing from their car into another car on Nov. 21, killing a civilian driver, Iraqi troops chased the insurgents but lost sight of them. Later, they received a tip about where the insurgents lived, entered the home, positively identified the shooter and arrested him and four others. The soldiers are members of the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division.

Iraqi soldiers found a weapons cache and bomb-making supplies while searching a bus in Baghdad Nov. 21, officials reported today.

Initially, soldiers from the 2nd Brigade, 1st Iraqi Army Division, found an 82 mm mortar round on the bus. As they continued searching the bus, the soldiers found a landmine, a 155 mm round, 300 9 mm rounds, five sub-machine gun magazines, two radios, 29 61 mm mortar rounds, a 105 mm round, 23 rocket-propelled-grenade rounds, two sub-machine guns and 30 hand grenades.

The cache also included blasting caps, artillery fuses, electrical cable, detonation cords and other equipment commonly used to make roadside bombs during the search, officials noted.

Another weapons cache was seized by Iraqi army and coalition troops while searching vehicles Nov. 21 in Baghdad, officials said.

An 82 mm round, two blasting caps, two 82 mm mortars, some plastic explosive, a 120 mm round and various types of bomb-making fuses were seized by soldiers from the 2nd Brigade, 1st Iraqi Army Division, and coalition forces.

The illicit materials were turned over to authorities pending further investigation.

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

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