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Iraqi Army raid finds large weapons cache

- An Iraqi Army raid discovered a weapons cache consisting of over 70 anti-tank mines near Miqdadiyah at about 5:00 p.m. March 22. Coalition Forces assisted in de-fusing the mines.

"Finding and destroying these mines weakens the terrorists and criminals who would use these weapons to inflict violence on the good people of Iraq," said Maj. Gen. Joseph J. Taluto, commander of the 42nd Infantry Division and Task Force Liberty, the Coalition Forces in support of the local Iraqi Security Forces.

Task Force Liberty consists of the Army National Guard's 42nd Infantry Division Headquarters and base units along with the 116th Brigade Combat Team and 278th Regimental Combat Team. The task force also includes the 1st and 3rd Brigade Combat Teams from the Army's 3rd Infantry Division.

The 42nd Infantry Division and Task Force Liberty conducts a range of operations in full partnership with Iraqi Security Forces to support the Interim Iraqi Government. Simultaneously, the division conducts stability and support operations to create a safe and secure environment for the people of North Central Iraq.

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