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June 13, 2003
Release Number: 03-06-49


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


COALITION AND IRAQI POLICE WORK TO MAKE IRAQ SECURE (June 13, 2003)

CAMP DOHA, Kuwait -- Coalition Forces continue to aggressively 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.

Coalition Continues to Seek and Destroy Subversive Elements

A Coalition raid was conducted 150 kilometers Northwest of Baghdad Wednesday as part of the continued effort to eradicate Ba' ath Party loyalists, paramilitary groups and other subversive elements.

Coalition forces collected seventy to eighty Surface to Air Missiles (SA7's), 75-78 Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs), and approximately 20 AK47's.

Any information or intelligence gathered at the site of the raid by specially trained soldiers would assist coalition forces in providing a safe and secure environment for the Iraqi people.


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 115 pistols, 75 semi-automatic rifles or shotguns, 406 automatic rifles, 45 machine guns, 152 anti-tank weapons (i.e., rocket-propelled grenade launchers), 11 anti-air weapons, and 266 grenades and other explosive devices.

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

Coalition Activity:

The 173d Airborne Brigade conducted a raid Thursday near Kirkuk after receiving intelligence information about alleged anti-Coalition elements. They apprehended 74 suspected Al-Qaida sympathizers.

An organized group of attackers fired RPGs at a 4th Infantry Division tank patrol in Balad on Friday. The tanks returned fire, killing four of the attackers, and forcing the remainder to flee. Tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles reinforced with AH-64 Apache helicopters pursued the enemy personnel killing 23 of the attackers.

The occupants of two vehicles with AK47 rifles fired upon a 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment vehicle patrol Thursday west of Samarrah. Soldiers returned fire and the vehicles fled. The vehicles were pursued but lost in traffic. Soldiers in a nearby unit were notified of the engagement and given the description of the vehicles involved. Coalition forces located a car that may have been used in the attack, and detained two individuals. There were no injuries or equipment damage.

Two individuals on a motorized cart fired at 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) checkpoint and then fled on Thursday. An Army helicopter tracked the vehicle to a building, where it disabled two fleeing vehicles, while soldiers on the ground detained three individuals for questioning.

Three individuals fired upon a 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) patrol in Mosul with AK47 rifles on Friday. Two individuals fled, one surrendered. Coalition forces confiscated a hand grenade.

4ID Conducted raid on Police Station in Khaneqin that seized a sizeable weapons cache. A raid was also conducted on illegal arms traffickers in Bayji. Two illegal weapons dealers were detained. Dealers may have information pertaining to a June 5 attack on US forces.

An Iraqi gunman with an AK47 was detained by the 4th Infantry Division patrol for questioning after a search of his residence produced 63 flares and 10 automatic weapon magazines.

Fifteen individuals driving vehicles towards Iran with blackout lights were apprehended by the 1st Marine Division for questioning.

A joint raid was conducted to capture suspected Ba'ath party members in Al Hillah. Iraqi police and Marines from the 4th Marine Regiment detained six individuals.

Police Activity in the Last 24 Hours:

Coalition Forces conducted 10 raids and a total of 2,648 patrols throughout Iraq. Of those patrols, they conducted 322 joint Iraqi and Coalition patrols. They also detained or arrested 351 individuals for a variety of criminal activities including looting, curfew violations, weapons violations, theft, larceny and dealing drugs.

Recent Police Activity:

Army MPs and Marines continued the five-day police-training program for 499 students in As Samawah.

101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division continued to conduct police academy training in Qayyarah and As Shurah, and plans to graduate 80 new policemen in late June. They also conducted joint small arms training in Dahuk with the New Iraqi Security Force.

The 1st Marine Division graduated 280 new Iraqi policemen from the Ad Diwaniyah police academy.

An Iraqi citizen was shot at in South Baghdad by five unidentified males. Iraqi police transported the victim to the Al Yarmuk hosptial for treatment. An investigation is being conducted by the Iraqi police.

A car jacking occurred in North Baghdad. A local Iraqi citizen was on his way from Mosul to purchase horses in Baghdad. The victim reported that eight individuals in two vehicles armed with AK-47's and two pistols pulled him from his vehicle and drove it away. Victim reports that there was 19 million Dinar in his vehicle intended for horse purchase(s).

A family dispute erupted in West Baghdad, killing one civilian and wounding three others. Iraqi police continue to investigate this incident.

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