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Early Morning Raid Nets Large Cache of Munitions and Explosives South of Baghdad

Baghdad, Iraq
-- A cordon and search operation in the north Babil region south of the Iraqi capital uncovered a wide array of weapons, explosives and munitions Jan. 18.

Continuing their efforts to bring safety and security to the north Babil region with "Operation Triple Play," Task Force Baghdad Soldiers searched several houses in the area, detaining 10 suspected insurgents during the operation.

The unit discovered a wide variety of explosives and munitions, including:

- 19 122-millimeter rounds

- 52 60-millimeter rounds

- 40 anti-personnel mines

- 160-lbs powdered explosive

- 15 artillery propellant charges

- 1 82-millimeter round

- 29 bags of artillery propellant

- 11 rocket-propelled grenade warheads

- 50 artillery fuses

- 170 -kilogram blocks of TNT

- 24 CS gas canisters

- 16 recoilless rifle rounds

- 4 55-gallon drums with explosives

- 2 rifle grenades

This weapons cache is one of the largest discoveries in recent months, a 1st Cavalry Division spokesman said.

"The insurgent is seeing that no place is safe for him to establish his logistics bases," said Lt. Col. James Hutton, division public affairs officer. "We find more ammunition, equipment and weapons daily. The insurgent is on the run."

The 10 suspects are being held for questioning.

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