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U.S. forces seize several weapons caches


CAMP BLUE DIAMOND, Iraq
- U.S. Marines and soldiers from the 1st Marine Division of the I Marine Expeditionary Force detained 26 insurgents and seized several weapons caches during operations throughout Al Anbar province during the last 24 hours.

The following munitions were seized and subsequently destroyed:


(2) AK-47 assault rifles

(2) Machine guns (various types)

(1) Rifle

More than 500 small arms rounds

(1) 60 mm mortar round

(4) 130 mm mortar rounds

(2) Hand grenades

(2) Land mines


Insurgent propaganda and materials to make improvised-explosive devices were also found in the cache and destroyed.

The seizure and subsequent destruction of the weapons caches reduces anti-Iraqi forces' ability to launch attacks against Iraqi and U.S. forces and Iraqi citizens.


For more information, please contact 1st Lt. Nathan Braden, public affairs officer, 1st Marine Division, at bradennj@1mardivdm.usmc.mil


Release #050303h



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