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Coalition operation uncovers multiple caches

Multi-National Force-Iraq

Sunday, 24 June 2007
MULTI-NATIONAL FORCE-IRAQ
COMBINED PRESS INFORMATION CENTER
BAGHDAD, Iraq
http://www.mnf-iraq.com <http://www.mnf-iraq.com/>
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June 24, 2007
Release A070624a

Coalition operation uncovers multiple caches

BAGHDAD, Iraq – Coalition Forces conducted several raids targeting al-Qaeda in Iraq activities in support of Operation Arrowhead Ripper June 20-22 near Khan Bani Sa’ad.

As the ground force entered the area south of Baqubah, they received small arms fire from a group of armed men. Coalition Forces, responding in self-defense, returned fire, wounding one armed man, before calling in close air support. A Coalition aircraft engaged the enemy force, killing five terrorists and wounding one suspected terrorist. The two wounded individuals were taken to a military medical facility for treatment.

During the 48-hour operation, Coalition Forces discovered a terrorist safe house, containing weapons, handcuffs, ammunition, stretchers, black masks and homemade explosives.

Ground forces also found during the two-day operation several weapons caches containing mortars, rockets, chemicals used for making explosives, and a stolen fire department vehicle. Additionally, Coalition Forces found a vehicle in a palm grove rigged as a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device. All the weapons and explosives were safely destroyed on site.

“There is no place that al-Qaeda in Iraq can hide that we won’t find them,” said Lt. Col. Christopher Garver, MNF-I spokesperson. “Operations like those taking place in the Diyala province are rooting out al-Qaeda in Iraq in order to secure a safer country for the people of Iraq.”

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