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CENTCOM NEWS RELEASE
HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND
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July 3, 2003
Release Number: 03-07-12


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


OPERATION SIDEWINDER AND COALITION SECURITY EFFORTS CONTINUE (July 3, 2003)

BAGHDAD, Iraq - The 4th Infantry Division conducted six raids in support of Operation Sidewinder in the past 24 hours resulting in 32 detained individuals. Confiscated weapons included four rocket-propelled grenades, two pistols, two AK-47s and one shot gun. Additionally, 4th ID confiscated an undetermined amount of Iraqi Dinar.

In other activity, units of the 101st Airborne Division detained ten individuals who were attempting to loot a wheat factory. Two vehicles used in the looting attempt were confiscated.

The 1st Marine Expeditionary Force detained an Iraqi man and woman for possession of four AK-47s and four rocket-propelled grenades. The 1st MEF received information that the detained individuals were collecting weapons for an attack on Coalition forces.

Coalition forces continued patrols throughout the country over the last 24 hours conducting 11 raids, 1,236 day patrols and 925 night patrols. They also jointly patrolled with the Iraqi Police conducting 185 day patrols and 172 night patrols. On their own, Iraqi Police conducted 17 day and six night patrols. The total raids and patrols resulted in 294 arrests for various criminal activities including two for murder, four for car jacking, two for aggravated assault 16 for burglary, and one for looting.


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