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June 11, 2003
Release Number: 03-06-41


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


COALITION AND IRAQI POLICE WORK TO MAKE IRAQ SECURE (June 11, 2003)

CAMP DOHA, Kuwait -- Coalition Forces continue to patrol Iraq to eliminate crimes against people and property, rid populated areas of weapons, ammunition and explosives, and stop the black market trade in fuel and other commodities. Coalition Forces also continue to conduct joint security patrols with Iraqi police to increase the professionalism of the police force and prepare them for their role in a self-governed Iraq.

Task Force "Ironhorse" Launches Operation Peninsula Strike

The operation took place in two major stages. The first stage of the operation involved moving soldiers and equipment into strike positions, intelligence gathering, and coordination with local police. During the second stage, raids were conducted within the area of operation via land, air and water to capture or destroy subversive elements. Air assault teams, ground attack squads, raid teams, river patrol boats and local security combined forces to block off escape routes and operate check points to ensure the operation's success.

A variety of units are incorporated into the operation, using the overwhelming firepower and effects of a joint and combined arms team. Army infantry, armor, artillery, aviation, and engineers, along with Air Force elements continue to work together to accomplish the mission. Because of operational security concerns, specific information regarding the units participating in the operation cannot be discussed until the operation is concluded.

Coalition forces detained 397 suspects and numerous weapons systems and ammunition. A curfew is in place from 10 p.m. until 4 a.m., which allows civilians to transit the area that acknowledge U.S. authority. Task Force Ironhorse continues to seize illegal weapons in support of the National Weapons Policy implemented on June 1, 2003.

Weapons Turn-In Program:

Iraqi citizens voluntarily turned in a variety of weapons under the Weapons Turn-In Program that began June 1. As of today, Iraqi citizens have delivered to Weapons Collection Points a total of 85 pistols, 72 semi-automatic rifles or shotguns, 363 automatic rifles, 40 machine guns, 120 anti-tank weapons (i.e., rocket-propelled grenade launchers), 10 anti-air weapons, and 230 grenades and other explosive devices.

The amnesty period for the Weapons Turn-In Program will run through June 14.

Coalition Activity:

A local farmer led a Coalition patrol to a previously undiscovered weapons cache in Mosul. The patrol confiscated 3,000 x 12.7mm rounds, three mortars with tripods, 3 rocket-propelled grenades, and four firearms. The weapons were secured at the local police station and then delivered to a brigade weapons collection point.

A 4th Infantry Division patrol discovered three ammunition bunkers in Northern Iraq that contained thousands of rocket-propelled grenades, anti-tank/anti-personnel mines, and mortar rounds. The patrol detained 9 personnel with shovels and pick-axes who had attempted to loot the ammunition. The bunkers were secured and are in the process of being destroyed.

The 101st Airborne Division hired an additional 50 former Iraqi military personnel to increase the power of the Joint Iraqi Security Company being stood up in Northern Iraq.

Marines detained 17 individuals in An Najaf after responding to explosions near an ammunition bunker. Four of the detainees were found with empty artillery shells in their vehicles.

Fifteen more Iraqi police officers were hired in the city of Al Sammawah.

The police chief of Al Dinawiah was removed from his position due to allegations of corruption.

The 101st Airborne Division detained two individuals for running a black-market fuel ring in Mosul. A truck and a supply of propane and gasoline were also seized.

Coalition forces captured and detained two more alleged war criminals. They are Latif Nusayyif Jasim Al-Dulaymi, Ba'ath party military bureau deputy chairman (#18), and Husayn Al Awadi, Ba'ath party regional chairman - Ninawa governorate (#53 BG in the former regime's chemical corps).

Police Activity in the Last 24 Hours:

Coalition Forces conducted 8 raids and a total of 2,595 patrols throughout Iraq. Of those patrols, they conducted 253 joint Iraqi and Coalition patrols. They also detained or arrested 264 individuals for a variety of criminal activities including looting, curfew violations, weapons violations, theft, larceny and dealing drugs.

Recent Police Activity:

While on patrols in north and central Baghdad, US military police came across several types of unexploded ordnance (UXO). The discoveries varied from small missiles, to rocket propelled grenades and launchers, blasting caps, fuses and grenades. All areas were clearly marked and cordoned by the military police as explosive ordnance experts dispose of the ordnance.

A possible murder reported in northwest Baghdad was investigated during a joint patrol. Iraqi police investigators questioned several suspects at the scene of the crime, and then transported all suspects to the local station for further processing.

Three assailants, believed to be arms dealers, assaulted an off duty Iraqi policeman in northern Baghdad. A joint patrol was sent to the suspects' house(s) to make an arrest. A search of the premises revealed one AK-47. The Iraqi police apprehended one of the assailants and took him to the Al Hurriyah police station for questioning.

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