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MND-B troops continue successful clearing operations in Baghdad's Rashid District

Multi-National Force-Iraq

Sunday, 24 June 2007
Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
APO AE 09342

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RELEASE No. 20070624-18
June 24, 2007

MND-B troops continue successful clearing operations in Baghdad’s Rashid District
4th IBCT, 1st Inf. Div. Public Affairs
Multi-National Division – Baghdad PAO

BAGHDAD — Multi-National Division - Baghdad Soldiers defeated multiple insurgent attacks and discovered several caches during clearing operations in the eastern and western portions of the Rashid District of the Iraqi capital June 23 and 24.

Stryker troops from the 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment “Tomahawks,” attached to the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division were attacked several times by insurgents with small arms fire on both June 23 and 24. The Soldiers returned fire in the engagements, killing six insurgents. Five more were seized and taken into custody.

Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment “Black Lions” found a cache in northwest Rashid June 23, which included a PKM machinegun with spare barrel, 400 rounds of belted ammunition, three rocket-propelled grenade launchers with 10 grenades, seven AK-47 assault rifles, one sniper rifle, one bolt-action rifle, loose 7.62mm small arms ammunition and bomb-making materials. Several bullet-resistant vests and ammunition bandoliers were also confiscated.

Earlier June 23, Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment “Warriors” seized another cache in East Rashid, discovering several 15-pound bags homemade explosives, RPG rounds, blasting caps, loose ammunition and other bomb-making materials.

“The brigade’s Soldiers have responded to heightened enemy activity across the Rashid Security District,” said Maj. Kirk Luedeke, 4th Brigade spokesman and public affairs officer. “Our troops continue to act on tips and information provided by local residents and the evidence of their work is demonstrated in the continued successful operations against extremists throughout the area.”

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FOR QUERIES, CONTACT MULT-NATIONAL DIVISION - BAGHDAD PUBLIC AFFAIRS, MNDB_PAO_CIC@MND-B.ARMY.MIL OR BY PHONE AT COMMERCIAL (914) 822-8174 OR IRAQNA 011-964-890-192-4674.



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