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Major arms cache uncovered by Scots guards in Basra


BASRA, Iraq -- A search team from 1st Battalion Scots Guards, has uncovered a significant arms dump hidden in a house in North Basra. The find, which included a mortar, a heavy machine gun, RPG warheads, mines, grenades and thousands of rounds was unearthed during an operation designed to quell tribal fighting between the Halaf and Garamsha tribes in the area.

The delighted search team leader Lance Sergeant Derek Hood, from Blackpool said, "We're all over the moon. The search was painstaking - it took over six hours - and to find so many munitions, all in working order, was just what we trained for. It's a great result."

The house where the weapons were found was one of more than 20 targeted in a pre-dawn operation mounted by the Iraqi Army, Iraqi Police Service and Coalition Forces Iraq, including the Scots Guards.

The 1st Battalion Scots Guards are currently deployed for six months in support of Multi National Operations in southern Iraq.

The Battalion, usually based in Munster in Germany, deployed in October 2004 to provide an armoured infantry reserve for the British led Multi National Division responsible for southern Iraq. The Battalion was involved in supporting the first free and democratic elections in Iraq in January 2005.

Notes to media:

1. The Scots Guards are members of Her Majesty's Household Division Troops. As a proudly Scottish Regiment, raised in 1642, our Soldiers are recruited from all over Scotland and Northern England. The Regiment also has Soldiers from all over the Commonwealth currently serving in Iraq, including from Canada, Australia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Fiji, St. Vincent and The Grenadines.

2. In recent years the Battalion has served operationally in northern Ireland and were to be seen in their celebrated bearskin caps at Buckingham Palace and on parade at Horse Guards while Trooping The Colour. They have conducted training exercises in Kenya, Sierra Leone, Canada and Germany.

3. The Battalion is an armoured infantry battalion equipped with a fleet of Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicles. It is more than 600 men and women strong, almost all of whom are normally stationed with their families in Munster in Germany.


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