Saturday, April 21, 2007

Baghdad Eagles and Commandos find five weapons caches and detain 38 suspected terrorists

Multi-National Division – Baghdad PAO

By Staff Sgt. Angela McKinzie
2nd BCT, 10th Mtn. Div. (LI) Public Affairs

MAHMUDIYAH, Iraq — Iraqi and Multi-National Division – Baghdad forces detained 38 suspected terrorists, and discovered an improvised explosive device and seized five weapons caches south of Baghdad March 27.
Soldiers of the 4th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division and the 2nd Battalion, 15th Field Artillery Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) participated in Operation Eagle Thunder III, an operation intended to deny terrorists safe haven within the southern region of Iraq.
Of the suspected terrorists detained during the operation two were wanted for ties to terrorism, five were carrying illegal weapons and four others were in a vehicle that contained an AK-47, four magazines and a hand grenade.
In the caches were anti-aircraft propaganda, an insurgent information booklet, two bags of homemade explosives, a rocket propelled grenade launcher with five rockets, a 122mm projectile, a propane tank and various small arms ammunition.
Later in the operation a command wire IED was discovered near the road near the al QaQaa weapons facility, southwest of Yusufiyah.
The detainees are being held for further questioning.
The contents of the cache were destroyed during a controlled detonation conducted by the explosive ordnance disposal team.

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