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January 21, 2004
Release Number: 04-01-53


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


WEAPONS AND EQUIPMENT IN COALITION CUSTODY

MOSUL, Iraq - Weapons and discarded Iraqi military equipment were turned in or discovered by soldiers of the 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade (Stryker), 2nd Infantry Division, attached to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), in northern Iraq yesterday.

Members of the Coalition for Iraqi National Unity, a concerned group of local citizens, turned in six rocket-propelled grenade launchers, 60 RPG rounds, 1,490 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition, 1,000 rounds of 12.7 mm ammunition and one night-vision scope.

A cache, scattered around a 300-meter area, was discovered close to an old Iraqi strongpoint. The cache consisted of 14 mortar rounds, 10 rocket-type projectiles, four mortar fuses and numerous protective mask filters, helmets and military clothing items.

Another cache, found near the town of Rabiah, consisted of 94 rounds of 82 mm mortar, 38 rounds of 60 mm mortar, two Russian RPG rounds, and three anti-personnel RPG rounds. The cache was reported to the soldiers by a local source. An Explosive Ordnance Disposal team disposed of all munitions in place.

Also near Rabiah, a unit found a cache of five rounds of 82 mm mortar piled along the side the road. EOD destroyed the rounds in place.

The 101st continues to work with the citizens and leaders of Iraq to make it a safe, prosperous, and democratic nation.

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