The following is an extract. Full story at the link. ======================================= http://www.defendamerica.mil/articles/jan2005/a011105wm4.html Troops Uncover Bomb Factory, Terrorist Cell Raid yields enough explosives to assemble more than 50 improvised explosive devices. By U.S. Army Spc. Al Barrus 122nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment AL RASHID, Baghdad, Iraq, Jan. 11, 2005 On Jan. 9, the soldiers of Blue Platoon, Company B, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 5th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, embarked on a raid that proved to be their most successful in 10 months here. The target was a residential home in the Al Doura neighborhood. An informant told of the exact layout of the home, and he was right on the money. After thorough searching, the site yielded 23 artillery shells, wire and electrical triggers and other supplies that could be assembled into more than 50 improvised explosive devices, said 1st Lt. Matthew Sullivan, Blue Platoon leader. Thanks to the intelligence source, Sullivans platoon knew exactly what to expect when entering the house. A warm welcome wasnt included. We busted in the house and there were two guys who were in there. One just took off running right as we kicked down the door, said Sullivan, a Chattanooga, Tenn., native. He managed to escape through the back door and scaled a wall then ran through another house. His brother was in the house also, but we got him. After all suspects were detained, the search of the home began. Nothing could prepare these troops for what they would find. I checked all but one room and didnt see anything, and then I had some of my guys go upstairs to do some searching, Sullivan explained. Right when they opened up they said, Oh, sir, you have to check this out. The room was just an IED workshop. All over the floor were wires, batteries and containers full of plastic explosives. There was even an IED already to go.