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NEWS RELEASE
HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND
7115 South Boundary Boulevard
MacDill AFB, Fla. 33621-5101
Phone: (813) 827-5894; FAX: (813) 827-2211; DSN 651-5894

May 10, 2004
Release Number: 04-05-16


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


DISCOVERY OF WEAPONS CACHES NEAR MOSUL

MOSUL, Iraq - Information provided by two Iraqi adults and a child led to the discovery of three weapons caches May 7 and the seizure and safe disposal of more than 250 artillery rounds, mortar rounds and other munitions west of Mosul.

The first cache consisted of more than 100 82mm and 120mm rusted mortar rounds lying in the open, exposed to the elements. As soldiers secured the site, a child directed their attention to a second site that consisted of about 45 82mm and 120mm mortar rounds and a variety of high-explosive artillery rounds.

The second site was secured; but while soldiers were driving between the first and second site, yet another cache was discovered that consisted of 125 more mortar rounds.

The second and third caches were destroyed and Iraqi Police helped secure the first site until the explosive ordnance disposal team arrived to destroy the first cache.

Officials commended the people of Mosul for choosing peace and freedom over violence, even in the face of these terrible attacks. Task Force Olympia continues to work with the citizens and leaders of Iraq to make it a safe, prosperous, and democratic nation.

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