Thursday, December 14, 2006

Two Insurgents Killed; Rockets Discovered in Kirkuk

Dec. 14, 2006 – Coalition forces killed two insurgents in Ramadi, and Iraqi police and U.S. soldiers discovered enemy weapons in operations yesterday and today in Iraq. Insurgents attacked coalition forces with yesterday with small-arms fire, and the coalition forces retaliated, firing a precision-guided munition and destroying the building. Two insurgents were killed, and there were no reports of civilian or coalition casualties.

Elsewhere in Iraq yesterday, Iraqi police discovered three rockets while on patrol in Kirkuk. The insurgents' rockets were set on fabricated launchers aimed at Forward Operating Base Warrior and were equipped with improvised timing devices.

Police patrolling a southwestern neighborhood of the city identified a suspicious vehicle in the area. When the police officers approached, the vehicle abruptly sped away. They then discovered the rockets at the location. The Provincial Joint Communication Center notified a coalition forces' explosive ordnance disposal team, which disarmed the rockets and detonated the ordnance at the site.

Though aimed at the U.S. base, the improvised setup and relative inaccuracy of the rockets also posed a credible hazard to the citizens in the neighborhood, U.S. military officials said.

Today, paratroopers from Company B, 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, found a cache near Yahya al Hindawi, south of Baghdad. The cache consisted of 16 .50-caliber casings, nine AK-47 magazines with 7.62 rounds, a hand grenade, three trucks, two large-caliber rounds, an ammunition can with 7.62 rounds and 295,000 Iraqi dinar.

The soldiers secured the cache, taking it back to their base camp for further analysis by an explosive ordnance detachment.

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