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US patrols uncover weapons caches, nab 4 suspects

BAGHDAD, Iraq – A tip by local Iraqi citizens led Task Force Baghdad Soldiers on patrol in west Baghdad directly to a weapons cache and two suspected terrorists May 4.

The Soldiers were on a routine patrol when local residents invited them into a house to show them several computers, pagers, and cordless phones with base stations and bundles of wires that could be used to detonate bombs. Two individuals in the home were detained for questioning.

Task Force Baghdad Soldiers also discovered a large weapons cache hidden in north west Baghdad on May 4. The cache contained 138 rockets, 91 mortar rounds, five guided missiles and nine artillery rounds. The Soldiers also found 200 pounds of plastic explosives, 200 pounds of gun power, hand grenades and numerous other materials used to make bombs.

“Over the past 10 days there have been a total of nine caches found,” said Col. David Bishop, Commander of the 3rd Brigade, 1st Armor Division. “At least 1,000 different explosive items have been seized. That’s 300 to 500 roadside bombs and car bombs that the enemy will not be able to make.”

Later the same day, Iraqi Army Soldiers and US Forces working together in central Baghdad uncovered another weapons cache hidden in the basement of a house under construction. The Soldiers found one bullet proof vest, one AK-47 assault rifle, one sniper rifle and 39 rounds of ammunition.

In other combat operations May 4, a U.S. patrol in south Baghdad caught a terrorist red-handed placing a roadside bomb on a major supply route. The individual was detained while attempting to run away and taken into custody for questioning.

Task Force Baghdad Soldiers on patrol in west Baghdad struck a roadside bomb at approximately 1:00 p.m. Soldiers stopped a blue bongo truck that tried to flee the site. The driver of the van tested positive for traces of explosive residue and was taken into custody for questioning. No Soldiers were injured in the attack.

Text for release and opsec review provided by the TASK FORCE BAGHDAD Public Affairs Office. contact david.abrams@id3.army.mil.

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