U.S., Iraqi troops detain insurgents, seize weapons
U.S. and Iraqi soldiers detained more than a dozen suspected insurgents and recovered at least six weapons caches in a series of overnight raids throughout Baghdad, military officials said Monday.
The largest of the caches included 22 mortar rounds wired with detonation cord, three artillery rounds, two hand grenades and assault rifle information, officials with Task Force Baghdad said. The task force, led by 3rd Infantry Division soldiers, is responsible for a large swath of territory in and around the capital.
The other five weapons caches seized included 64 mortar rounds, two mortar tubes, three rockets, three homemade bombs, 20 rocket-propelled grenades, 12 hand grenades and “numerous handguns.”
Two of the raids occurred after U.S. soldiers received tips from Iraqis that suspected insurgents were operating in their neighborhoods.
Soldiers from the 1st Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division also arrested two suspected insurgents who were driving on a highway after curfew with a loaded AK-47 assault rifle on the passenger’s lap.