Saturday, July 22, 2006
Weapons Cache Found; Mosque Used As Terror Cell
The raid led to the capture of 20 suspected terrorists, without a shot being fired, or any injuries reported.
According to Coalition authorities, as terrorists tried to place a bomb near Yusufiyah, the device went off, killing one and wounding two others.
As Iraqi army soldiers from 4th Battalion, 4th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, began to investigate the blast, they located and detained 4 terrorists at a sheik's house.
In a search of the house, soldiers from the Multinational Division Baghdad, Company D, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, found a weapons cache "consisting of rocket-propelled-grenade launchers, anti-personnel mines, rocket-propelled-grenade rounds, 60 mm mortar rounds, and .50 caliber rounds."
Elements from 1st Battalion, 1st Brigade, 7th Iraqi Army Division searched the Ma'ath Bin Jabal Mosque and found a weapons cache. The soldiers were conducting census operations with Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 6th Infantry Regiment when they were attacked. The Soldiers entered the mosque in mid-afternoon in order to conduct the search.
"We make every effort to respect religious and cultural sensitivities, but when insurgents use these sites we must take appropriate action to protect ourselves and innocent Iraqis," said Colonel MacFarland, commander of the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division - the "Ready First" Combat Team.
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