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July 27, 2004
Release Number: 04-07-50

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MARINES SEIZE OVER 200 MORTAR ROUNDS IN AL ANBAR TRUCK SEARCH

FALLUJAH, Iraq - Marines from the 1st Marine Division interdicted a record number of mortar rounds Monday, successfully preventing the transit of lethal weapons that are employed daily in attacks against both Iraqi and Coalition Forces.

Marines of 3rd Assault Amphibian Battalion stopped a KIA pick-up truck laden with bags of grain at a vehicle checkpoint Monday. Upon a thorough search of the vehicle's contents, they discovered 219 60 mm mortar rounds concealed in the bags.

This find is significant to the I Marine Expeditionary Force Area of Operations since roughly 40 percent of the indirect fire attacks within the Al Anbar Province are mortar related and are typically lower caliber rounds.

Besides recovering the mortar rounds, two men were detained in connection with the incident.

This find - considered to be the single largest cache of 60 mm mortar rounds since I MEF took control of the province in March - is part of an ongoing campaign to disarm Anti Iraqi Forces who stand in the way of a new democratic Iraq. Caches containing a wide variety of weaponry and ammunition are found and recovered daily throughout the country. The diligence of our Marines to continue to search for and safely destroy these arms directly contributes to our success in preventing further attacks against both Iraqi and Coalition Forces.



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