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201st Iraqi Army Battalion Discovers Weapon's Cache

Tikrit, Iraq
-- An Iraqi Army Soldier identified a munitions round buried in the ground while conducting a joint patrol in Kadasia with Alpha Company, 1-112th Infantry, on Jan. 12. Members of the 201st Iraqi Army and Task Force 1-18 Infantry, secured the area and continued to investigate the area.

After all the munitions had been uncovered, the cache was found to contain seventeen 105 mm artillery rounds, four 152 mm artillery rounds, fifteen rifle grenades, seven 57 mm anti aircraft rounds and six 100 mm tank rounds. Had they not been captured, the rounds could have produced more than 35 improvised explosive devices.

The 201st Iraqi Army Soldiers have received multiple unexploded ordinance identification classes and training exercises focused on identification and removal of munitions from Soldiers of Task Force 1-18.

Discovery of munitions caches continues to improve the confidence of the 201st Iraqi Army as the information and techniques from training is applied to combat patrols and proving successful.

Lieutenant Colonel Amir, the 201st Iraqi Army battalion executive officer expressed his confidence with the 201st Iraqi Army and their most recent success defeating the insurgents in and around Tikrit.

"The Soldiers are successful because of all their training," he said. They are seeing the benefits from the training they received from the Vanguard Battalion." (Story by Capt. Michael Prudhomme, Task Force 1-18 Infantry)

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