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Marines Seize Weapons Caches, Detain 16

Camp Blue Diamond, Iraq
-- Marines from the 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, detained 16 suspected insurgents and discovered several weapons caches on Jan. 4 during operations throughout Al Anbar Province.

Various munitions were discovered and destroyed, including 56 rocket-powered grenade rockets, a sack of anti-aircraft rounds, an AK-47 with rounds, nine 60 mm mortar rounds, seven SA-6 rockets, 124 60 mm rockets, a 57 mm rocket, four 155 mm mortar rounds, IED components and anti-Iraqi forces propaganda.

The discovery and subsequent destruction of the weapons cache reduces anti-Iraqi forces' ability to launch attacks against Iraqi and Multi-National Forces and Iraqi civilians.

The Marines, Soldiers and Sailors of the 1st Marine Division continue to enhance security and stability in the Al Anbar Province for the Iraqi people in advance of the upcoming elections.

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