U.S., Iraqi Troops Score Successes

March 10, 2006 - Iraqi and U.S. soldiers found and destroy
26 roadside bombs and 17 weapons caches and killed and captured
suspected insurgents in several operations in Iraq in recent days.

- U.S. soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 4th Brigade
Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, captured three suspected terrorists
in New Baghdad, after soldiers found possible bomb-making materials
during a traffic stop and search early March 10.
- Responding to a tip, Iraqi soldiers from 1st Battalion, 2nd Brigade,
6th Iraqi Army Division, found a roadside bomb March 9 Baghdad's
Adhamiyah district. An Iraqi police explosive ordnance disposal team disarmed
the bomb.
- Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade
Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, responded to a
rocket-propelled-grenade attack south of Baghdad March 9. The soldiers detained three
suspected terrorists who had batteries, wire and detonation cord in their
- U.S. soldiers from Multinational Division Baghdad's 2nd Battalion,
502nd Infantry, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Iraqi
troops from the 4th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, on a joint patrol
southwest of Baghdad found two weapons caches March 9. The first cache
consisted of 94 60 mm fused mortar rounds and 300 pounds of explosives.
The second cache contained seven 60 mm mortar rounds, one 120 mm mortar
round, and a 14-inch-long missile with tripod. An explosive ordnance
disposal team performed a controlled detonation to eliminate the threat.
- Members of 1st Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division
defeated the enemy and captured two suspects after the unit was attacked by
small-arms fire at a checkpoint at about 10 p.m. March 8 in Baghdad's
Adhamiyah district.

In other news, soldiers from the 6th and 9th Iraqi Army Divisions,
supported by Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers, conducted one of the
largest operations of the past six months to gain control of a
terrorist stronghold in that area, officials said.

"Operation Glory Light" was designed to deny terrorists sanctuary and
preempt enemy attacks in the Baghdad area. The week-long operation was
launched March 2 with a joint air assault by U.S. and Iraqi troops into
the Sadr-Yusufiyah area by soldiers of 3rd Battalion, 1st Brigade, 6th
Iraqi Army Division, and 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd
Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division soldiers.

Following the air assault, the soldiers were attacked by indirect and
small arms fire. They also discovered a roadside bomb. Soldiers from the
6th and 9th Iraqi Army Divisions then moved into position to clear,
search and secure roads and houses in the town. March 5-6, the 9th
uncovered nine weapons caches, consisting of 131 mortar rounds, nine 50 mm
mortars, 17 rockets, two rocket-propelled-grenade launchers, six AK-47
rifles, two BKC machine guns, and a large amount of bomb-making materials.

In total, U.S. and Iraqi soldiers found 26 roadside bombs, two car
bombs and 15 weapons caches. The operation also involved seven firefights
with the enemy resulting in the detention of 16 suspected terrorists,
two terrorists killed and one wounded, officials said.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)

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