December 10th, 2006 08:49 EST
Iraqi Security Force takes lead in recent raids
BAGHDAD — Iraqi Security Forces and Coalition advisors confiscated weapons and detained suspects in a series of events here this week.
Saturday, Iraqi Soldiers and Coalition advisors detained five suspected terrorists. They also confiscated a weapons cache and stockpile of al Qaeda in Iraq propaganda near Mahmudiyah.
Based on intelligence from previous operations, Iraqi Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 4th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, with advisors from Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment., 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, conducted a raid on a small building complex, targeting an improvised explosive device cell, believed to be responsible for several attacks against Iraqi Security and Coalition Forces.
Iraqi Soldiers raided the objective, detained two individuals and observed three others attempting to escape. The Soldiers pinpointed and detained the three men in a canal.
The troops found two AK-47 assault rifles, a mortar cleaning kit, a shotgun and a mortar explosive charge following a search. They also found al Qaeda propaganda and a series of documents indicating future attacks.
In the al Doura neighborhood, 1st Battalion 6th Brigade Iraqi National Police and Coalition Forces seized several weapons caches during an early-morning operation Friday.
The joint operation was conducted based on tips from residents of the neighborhood, leading the police and troops to weapons caches in homes and the al Hassanae’en Mosque.
Police entered the mosque and several homes, seizing a total of four assault rifles, one machine gun, 42 mortar rounds, plastic explosives and assorted bomb-making materials.
In other raids of the area, Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment detained 10 suspects and found a weapons cache Saturday.
During the morning operation, the unit found a grenade launcher and round, seven AK-47 rifles with loaded magazines, 3,300 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition, two loaded sniper rifle magazines, six primers and a roll of wire, along with a pair of binoculars and radios.