Wednesday, April 1, 2009

OIF Summary, April 1, 2009: Explosive Cache Found North of Baghdad, 3 Arrested

Dispatches from the Front

Dispatches from the Front:

BAGHDAD, April 1, 2009 -- Three suspected insurgents are behind bars and deadly weapons are off the street after joint Iraqi Army (IA) and Multi-National Division - Baghdad force’s operations March 27 and 28 in Tarmiya.

The 4th Battalion, 36th Brigade of the Iraqi Army, in conjunction with 1st Battalion, 111th Infantry Regiment, 56th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, raided two homes north of Baghdad in the early morning, netting suspected members of an RKG-3 anti-armor grenade cell.

Several local residents stepped forward to positively identify the three men who conducted recent attacks. The 4thBn., 36th Bde., IA is ensuring terrorists who target the Iraqi people, Iraqi Security Forces and Coalition forces are brought to justice.

In a separate action, Iraqi soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 36th Brigade discovered several explosive caches southwest of Rowad, Iraq, March 28. U.S. soldiers from 1st Bn., 11th Inf. Regt. immediately responded to assist their Iraqi counterparts with the cache seizures.

The caches consisted of 52 mortar shells of various sizes, two improvised explosive device shape charges and rocket-propelled grenades of various sizes.

They also found assorted IED-making materials, to include wire, remote controls and a camcorder.

The IA commander on the scene called in a Coalition forces explosive ordinance disposal team to safely clear the cache.

(Report from a Multinational Corps Iraq news release.)

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