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Soldiers detain three linked to indirect fire attacks

Release No: UNRELEASED March 26, 2008 PRINT | E-MAIL

BAGHDAD (March 26, 2008) — Multi-National Division - Baghdad Soldiers detained three individuals suspected of conducting indirect fire attacks against Coalition forces March 25.

Soldiers from 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, conducted a combat operation after a surveillance team provided information about the three detainees.

Soldiers cordoned off the building the suspects had entered and apprehended the men. They also seized an 81 mm mortar tube with base plate and tripod, a rocket-propelled grenade launcher, RPG warheads, a mortar aiming circle, compass, global positioning system, sets of military-style uniforms, and AK-47s. Soldiers also discovered multiple mortar documents.

"We are relentless in our pursuit of those who would do harm to the Iraqi people and Coalition forces and will bring them to justice," said Col. Allen Batschelet, chief of staff, MND-B. "The vast majority of Iraqis want security and stability. Coalition forces want the same, a better future for all Iraqis. The Iraqi Security Forces and Coalition forces will yield no ground to the enemy."

FOR QUERIES, CONTACT MULTI-NATIONAL DIVISION - BAGHDAD PUBLIC AFFAIRSAT: MNDB_PAO_CIC@MND-B.ARMY.MIL OR BY PHONE AT: COMMERCIAL (914)822-8174 OR IRAQNA 011-964-890-192-4674.