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Published:June 24th, 2007 09:28 EST
IA, CF discover IED factory after receiving tips

IA, CF discover IED factory after receiving tips

By SOP newswire

TIKRIT, Iraq – Iraqi Army and Coalition Forces conducted a joint raid, discovering a large factory used to make home-made explosives, improvised explosive devices and vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices Saturday, in Mosul, Iraq.

Soldiers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 4th Brigade, 2nd Iraqi Army, and Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry conducted the raid after receiving a tip on the location of the factory.  The factory consisted of three main sites where each of the HME, IED and VBIEDs were manufactured.

“The successful raid and subsequent discovery was due in large part to the cooperation of the Iraqi people," said Col. Stephen Twitty, commander, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. “They are providing us information because they are obviously tired of the violence and desire a safer environment for their families."

The site consisted of three separate buildings with one building used to prepare VBIEDs, a second used as an HME/IED factory and the third, a storage area for VBIED and IED-making materials.  Each of these buildings was connected by a tunnel that had openings into each part of the structure.

VBIED and IED factories were also found at the second and third sites.  IA and CF detained 32 suspects and discovered several vehicles, one being a truck originating from southern Iraq, which was being prepared for use as a VBIED.  Also in the buildings was detonation cord, bags of HME, propane tanks and other IED making materials.

“Thanks to the combined efforts of Iraqi Security Forces and Coalition Forces this compound no longer poses a threat to the citizens of Mosul," said Twitty. “This has potentially saved countless lives and prevented damage to valuable infrastructure."

Once all three sites were cleared, the entire compound was destroyed by air strikes and Explosive Ordnance Disposal, ensuring that no explosives or munitions remained.

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