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Excavation Unearths more Explosives south of Baghdad

Baghdad, Iraq
- Task Force Baghdad Soldiers found another large weapons cache in the north Babil region of Iraq, just south of the Iraqi capital Jan. 27.

Soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment are conducting a continuing excavation of an ammo site near the town of Lahtafiyah. Thursday's search yielded a cache loaded with hundreds of mortar rounds and other explosive material.

The Soldiers uncovered the following:

109 - 120mm mortar rounds

13 - anti-tank mine fuses

10 - hand grenade fuses

16 - 82mm mortar rounds

7 - 130mm artillery rounds

4 - 122mm artillery rounds

1 - 100mm artillery round

2 - 105mm artillery rounds

20 - cases of 14.5mm rounds

1 - 80mm mortar round

500 - 7.62mm linked rounds

31 - 39mm CS gas cartridges

21 - hand grenades

24 - bags of explosive powder

2 - AK-47 assault rifles

A Task Force Baghdad spokesman said these types of operations save lives.

"When we uncover these explosives, we take them out of the hands of the insurgent," said Maj. Philip Smith, deputy public affairs officer with the 1st Cavalry Division. "We're saving lives with every cache we find."

Task Force Baghdad troops have been operating in the north Babil region for more than a month, aiming to improve the security situation leading up to the Iraqi national elections.

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