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Weapons Cache found; Destroyed by Soldiers

Baghdad, Iraq
- Task Force Baghdad Soldiers uncovered a weapons cache in western Baghdad, taking more than 100 explosive rounds out of the hands of anti-Iraqi insurgents.

The cache, found at 10:45 a.m., Jan.17, included 15 120mm rounds and 100 20mm anti-aircraft rounds. An explosive ordnance team (EOD) was called in by the patrol to dispose of the munitions.

"Every time we are able to take these weapons off the streets of Baghdad, the safer those streets become for the Iraqi people," said Lt. Col. James Hutton, chief spokesman for the 1st Cavalry Division and Task Force Baghdad. "We've seen a steady increase in the number of tips from the local populace, alerting Multi-National Forces and Iraqi Security Forces to insurgent activity."

The EOD unit performed a controlled detonation of the munitions at 3 p.m.

Release #050117w

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