Suspected insurgents, weapons caches found in raids
Raids netted weapons caches and suspected insurgents in the Baghdad area and northern Iraq in the past several days, U.S. military officials said.
The 3rd Battalion, 4th Brigade, 2nd Iraqi Army Division discovered five mortar systems, 300 mortar rounds, 500 pounds of dynamite, 50 remote-control devices, 26 Katusha rockets, 25 anti-personnel mines, 600 mortar charges and ammunition, wires, and office company equipment in Kussyat near Tikrit.
The raid, conducted last Thursday, was driven by information from captured insurgents, officials said.
The same day, Company D, 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, attached to Task Force Dragon, found a munitions cache in the Dora neighborhood of Baghdad.
An 80 mm white phosphorus mortar round, a 57 mm rocket, 150 pounds of homemade explosives, 43 hand grenades, and a 57 mm homemade rocket launcher attached to two cell phones and a 60 mm mortar were found and destroyed.
Also that day, following a tip from a resident, soldiers of Company B, 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, attached to Task Force Dragon, raided a home in Dora.
They found a pistol, a video camera and two cell phones believed to be used as bomb-making materials. Three men were taken to a detention facility for further questioning.
Soldiers of Company A, 2nd Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment also found a cache there that included six bombs, a grenade, a 57 mm projectile, three 57 mm rockets, seven rocket-propelled grenades and an 86 mm anti-tank mine.
On Friday and Saturday, coalition forces detained 16 suspects in central and northern Iraq. An alleged al-Qaida in Iraq member thought to be tied to attacks against concerned local citizens was captured in Salman Pak, south of Baghdad.
In Baqouba on Saturday, three people were detained, including someone tied to al-Qaida networks operating in Tikrit, Beiji and Mosul, officials said.
Four suspects linked to al-Qaida in Iraq were detained during two operations in Mosul on Saturday.