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Release A051207c

Iraqi, U.S. forces catch four suspected bomb makers

Multi-National Force-Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq — Four suspected terrorists were detained during a joint operation conducted by Iraqi Security Forces supported by the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division Dec. 4 south of Baghdad in the Yusufiyah area.

Information gathered from an earlier mission led the Coalition Forces to the whereabouts of major contributors to anti-Iraqi attacks and terrorist activity.

When the Soldiers of Task Force Baghdad conducted a raid on an island on the Euphrates River Nov. 28, the troops detained two suspected terrorists, gained valuable intelligence, and uncovered three significant weapons caches consisting of 11 500-pound bomb shells, welding material, suicide vests and an improvised explosive device manufacturing area.

Two detainees provided information on two other locations that supported vehicle-borne IED and suicide vest production cells in the Yusufiyah area.

Based on this information, two simultaneous cordon and searches were conducted.

The combined efforts of the Iraqi Special Forces, supported by U.S. aircraft, resulted in the capture of four suspected terrorists and a significant weapons cache.

“Iraqi Army units are stepping up and becoming a very effective fighting force,” said Col. Todd Ebel, commander of 2nd BCT, 101st Airborne Div. “Today’s destruction of these IED-making facilities is a great step in providing support to the upcoming elections.”

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FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONCERNING THIS RELEASE, CONTACT THE TASK FORCE BAGHDAD PUBLIC AFFAIRS PLANS AND OPERATIONS NCO, MASTER SGT DAVID ABRAMS AT: DAVID.ABRAMS@ID3.ARMY.MIL.



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