Thursday, June 25, 2009

OIF Summary, June 25 2009: Troops in Iraq Detain Suspected Terrorist, Seize Weapons

Dispatches from the Front

Dispatches from the Front:

WASHINGTON, June 25, 2009 -- Iraqi forces arrested a suspected terrorist and U.S. and Iraqi forces seized a massive weapons cache in Iraq in recent days, military officials reported.

In Anbar province yesterday, the Iraqi special weapons and tactics team in Qaim arrested a man who is suspected of smuggling materials and foreign fighters into Iraq and is believed to be responsible for the deaths of police officers in Ramana, Iraq.

Elsewhere, Iraqi security forces and Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers seized a massive weapons cache June 23 near Tarmiyah, north of Baghdad.

The cache contained 26 grenades, 35 rocket-propelled grenades, five roadside bombs with detonation devices, two antipersonnel mines, a suicide vest, 100 rocket and mortar rounds, and a mix of other ammunition, including thousands of small-arms rounds.

Iraqi and U.S. soldiers also recovered base elements used to produce explosives, including military-grade plastic explosives and the mechanisms for triggering them.

Coalition force explosive ordnance disposal technicians conducted a controlled detonation to dispose of the cache.

(Compiled from Multinational Corps Iraq news releases.)

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