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U.S. Marines, Soldiers Detain 36 Suspected Insurgents

Camp Blue Diamond, Iraq
-- Marines and Soldiers from the 1st Marine Division of the I Marine Expeditionary Force detained 36 suspected insurgents and discovered several weapons caches during operations throughout Al Anbar Province during the last 48 hours.

The following weapons and munitions were discovered:

(2) RPG rounds

(6) AK-47 assault rifles

(2) Sniper rifles

(1) 9mm pistol

(1) (1) RPK machinegun

(1) PKM machinegun

(1) .50 caliber machinegun

(300) .50 caliber rounds

(10) Mortar fuses

(48) Mortar primers

(1) Anti-aircraft machinegun

(20) 37mm anti-aircraft rounds

(3) 57mm projectiles

(25) 60mm mortar rounds

(16) 80mm mortar round

(18) 82mm mortar rounds

(15) 120mm mortar rounds

(2) 152mm artillery rounds

(4) 155mm artillery rounds

(2) Grenades

(1) Vehicle

Insurgent propaganda and equipment

Fake ID making materials

IED making material

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

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 Iraqi elections, which occur January 30.

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