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Iraqi, U.S. forces Continue to Deplete Insurgents' Weapons and Munitions Inventory

Camp Blue Diamond, Iraq
- Iraqi Security Forces supported by U.S. Marines from the 1st Marine Division of the I Marine Expeditionary Force seized a weapons cache in southern Fallujah today.

Members of the 16th Battalion, Iraqi-Intervention Force discovered the weapons cache, which consisted of: two RPG launchers, two AK-47s, one PKC machinegun, one 9mm submachine gun, one grenade, 18 boxes of 14.7mm rounds, 13 boxes of assorted large caliber rounds, five AK-47 magazines with rounds, two belts of 7.62x54mm rounds and one box of 7.62x39mm rounds.

Meanwhile, U.S. Marines from the 1st Marine Division detained two suspected insurgents and discovered several weapons caches during operations throughout Al Anbar Province.

The weapons and munitions discovered in the second cache were:

(12) Rockets, unknown size

(28) RPG rounds

(7) RPG launchers

(7) AK-47s assault rifles

(8) AK-47 magazines

(2) 7.62mm machineguns

(1) (1) PKC machinegun

(2) Medium-machinegun barrels

(4,000) 7.62mm rounds

(2) Boxes of 7.62mm rounds

(127) 60mm mortar rounds

(11) 60mm mortar fuses

(1) (1) 60mm mortar system

(1) 60mm mortar tube

(3) 60mm mortar base plates

(8) 81mm mortar rounds

(42) 82mm mortar rounds

(1) 82mm mortar system

(57) 122mm mortar rounds

(14) 155mm mortar rounds

(16) 160mm mortar rounds

(4) Hand grenades

(11) Rifle grenades

(1) (1) Anti-tank mine

(69) Blocks of PE-4

1,500 ft. detonation cord

400 ft. electrical wire

(19) Blasting caps

Insurgent propaganda

IED making material

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

The 1st Marine Division of the I Marine Expeditionary Force is committed to assisting Iraqi Security Forces in enhancing a secure environment for the citizens of Al Anbar Province in advance of the upcoming Iraqi elections.

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