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HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND
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March 2, 2004
Release Number: 04-03-04


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Task Force Olympia collects weapons in northern Iraq

MOSUL, Iraq - Task Force Olympia and Iraqi security forces assisted local citizens struck by an improvised explosive device Monday and continued the effort to remove weapons, explosives and other unexploded ordnance from northern Iraq. Soldiers from 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment assisted Iraqi citizens whose vehicle was damaged by an explosion near Tall Afar. The explosion came from what was later determined to be a land mine or unexploded ordnance. There were no injuries.

Task Force Olympia and citizens in the Tall Afar area continued to work together to remove more dangerous weapons and explosives from the area as two concerned citizens came to 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment headquarters in Tall Afar and turned in a large cache of 3,196 antiaircraft rounds, 134 hand grenades, one rocket-propelled-grenade launcher and 25 artillery rounds of various calibers.

In Sinjar, members of the Coalition for Iraqi Unity, a concerned group of citizens in northwestern Iraq, approached 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment and brought in a cache of weapons including 1,192 60 mm mortars, 55 RPG rounds, three RPG sights, 125 90 mm rounds, five 110 mm rounds, 90 120 mm mortar rounds, two 155 mm artillery rounds, two 82 mm mortar tubes, one 60 mm mortar tube, 133 82 mm mortar rounds and 36 hand grenades.
Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment and 3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment uncovered a weapons cache in Mosul. A patrol of OH-58D Kiowa Warriors from 3-17 Cavalry spotted the cache of weapons from the air. A patrol from 2-3 Infantry arrived at that location and found 30 155 mm artillery rounds, 40 120 mm mortar rounds and 500 155 mm fuses. An explosive ordnance disposal team destroyed the rounds in place. Anyone with information about criminal or terrorist activities should inform the Iraqi police or coalition forces or call the Tips Hotline at 813-343 or 780-013. To turn in weapons or munitions, contact any coalition soldier or call the hotline at 813-343.

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