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Operation Machete Harvest

January 10-11, 2007

Coalition forces detained three suspected terrorists and seized six weapons caches during the two-day combat operation named Machete Harvest. The operation took place near Yusufiyah, on Jan. 10-11, 2007.

Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment "Golden Dragons," 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) conducted the operation in order to deny anti-Iraq forces safe haven in their area of operation. Of the three detained, two of were found with weapons and the other was believed to be an observer.

Weapons and munitions captured an anti-aircraft machine gun, three full cans of ammunition, an improvised explosive device, 19 60mm mortar rounds, one rocket-propelled grenade, five 120mm rounds, one homemade IED, seven 155mm rounds, two directional charges and bent tubing which is commonly used to construct IEDs. The three suspects detained are being held for further questioning.