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Operation Falcon Freedom

December 5, 2004

A joint U.S.-Iraqi cordon-and-search operation in three Al Rashid District neighborhoods netted several weapons and 20 suspected insurgents Dec. 5. During 'Operation Falcon Freedom,' several hundred U.S. and Iraqi Soldiers, and Iraqi Ministry of Interior police officers searched the neighborhoods, all east of the Al Dora Power Plant and along Baghdad's Highway 5.

Several weapons including three PKC machine guns and three rocket- propelled grenade launchers were found by Iraqi police officers. Numerous AK-47s were also seized. The 20 suspects detained were all of fighting age, an official from the 1st Cavalry Division's 5th Brigade Combat Team said. Most were detained after a short firefight with Iraqi Soldiers and policemen.

Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, and 1st Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, worked in tandem with the 304the ING Battalion, providing an outer cordon during the search.

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