WASHINGTON– Five insurgents were killed, 12 terrorism suspects were captured, and hidden weapons were seized in various operations in Iraq over the last few days, military officials reported.
Multinational Division Baghdad troops patrolling along the Euphrates River detained nine suspected terrorists yesterday.
Scouts spotted the suspected terrorists' vehicles parked on a boat launch site on the river. Nine men were detained and held for questioning. Three others escaped by swimming across the river. The scouts were from the 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division.
In other operations, soldiers from the 4th Iraqi Army Division captured three suspected terrorists during operations yesterday northwest of Tikrit. The Iraqi-led operation targeted a cell responsible for carrying out bomb attacks in the area.
On Feb. 21, Iraqi border police discovered a large weapons cache in Mandali. The cache consisted of more than 190 anti-personnel mines, several mortar rounds, about 50 133 mm rounds and a rocket-propelled grenade.
On Feb. 20, coalition forces destroyed a large car bomb hidden in a fuel tanker trailer west of Sab Al Bor. The troops called in close air support to destroy the vehicle.
Also that day, coalition aircraft killed five insurgents and destroyed their vehicle near Camp Taji. The insurgents had fired weapons from the vehicle toward the base.
(Compiled from Multinational Corps Iraq news releases.)