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BAGHDAD — Amid tight security, continued steps in the political process and a string of attacks in Baghdad, U.S. raids in and around the capital Monday resulted in several arrests and weapons seizures.

In one of the raids, troops operating in the Abu Ghraib district detained three Iraqi men and an Iraqi woman who was allegedly hiding some 50 blasting caps under her clothing. The men were arrested with weapons including several assault weapons and a sniper rifle.

In another incident south of Baghdad, soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment detained seven men suspected of running a bomb-making facility near Yusufiyah.

Separately, troops assigned to the 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment seized a large weapons cache that included two 55-gallon drums of homemade explosives, U.S. military officials said. Also among the weapons were a 7-foot missile, a heavy artillery machine gun and six anti- tank mines.

The troops searched another house near the first site and uncovered another cache that included eight “shape charges” used in roadside bomb attacks, five pressure plate detonators and a partly finished booby trap on the door of the house.

Explosive ordnance disposal teams destroyed all of the weapons on site, officials said.


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