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Lightning Hammer II uncovers VBIEDs, IED cache in Mosul

Multi-National Force-Iraq

Saturday, 08 September 2007
Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
APO AE 09342

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RELEASE No. 20070908- 03
September 8, 2007

Lightning Hammer II uncovers VBIEDs, IED cache in Mosul

Multi-National Division – North PAO

MOSUL, Iraq – Iraqi Army Soldiers discovered multiple vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices and a large IED during combat operations in Nineveh province, Thursday, as part of Operation Lightning Hammer II.

“This is another example of the Iraqi Security Forces in Nineveh operating independently and taking the fight to the enemy,” said Col. Stephen Twitty, commander of the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. “They are aggressively confronting and defeating the enemy fighters and protecting the people of northern Iraq every day.”

IA soldiers from the 2nd “Tiger” Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 2nd Iraqi Army Division, discovered three vehicles rigged as VBIEDs and 21 five-gallon individual bucket IEDs in west Mosul, during Lightning Hammer II.

After initially discovering the VBIEDs, multiple homes in the objective area were searched and an assortment of weapons and items were found including:

• Three four-door sedans being prepared to be VBIEDs
• 18 rocket-propelled grenades
• A PKC machine gun with 600 rounds of ammunition
• Three AK-47 assault rifles
• 10 grenades

The 2-2-2 IA also detained 19 suspected enemy fighters during day two of the operation.

All of the weapons were confiscated by the 2-2-2 IA and the three VBIEDs and 21 IEDs were destroyed by Coalition Force explosive ordnance disposal specialists.

In Diyala province, Soldiers from 2nd Brigade, 5th Iraqi Army Division, partnered with 1-12 Combined Arms Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, conducted Operation Wickersham III in support of Task Force Lightning’s Operation

Lightning Hammer II, Sept. 5. The operation, designed to remove al-Qaeda influence south of Buhriz, resulted in the discovery of three weapons caches and five improvised explosive devices. Four detainees were located in the vicinity of a cache and were transferred to a facility for further questioning.

Assorted weapons and ammunition were found after searching houses in the al-Jededa neighborhood, in west Mosul following the discovery of three vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices by the 2nd “Battalion, 2nd Brigade,2nd Iraqi army, Sept. 6.

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