December 24, 2004
Marines and Soldiers of the 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force wrapped up Operation Wonderland on Dec. 24, which netted 29 detainees and multiple weapons caches. Forty-eight sites were raided during the four-day operation in an effort to disrupt insurgent activity and networks in and near the provincial capital. Anti-tank mines, mortar rounds, artillery rounds, fourteen rifles, one shotgun and one pistol were confiscated. Various insurgent paraphernalia were seized, which included cell phones, a saber, a computer and $20,541 in cash. Multi-National Forces also seized a Chevrolet Caprice with an altered fuel tank, which was suspected of being converted into a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device.
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