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Huge cache destroyed near Al Amiriyah

CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq – Marines and Soldiers of Multi-National Force - West recently discovered and destroyed hundreds of weapons and tons of ammunition found in 13 hidden caches near Al Amiriyah, in Al Anbar province. The find was the largest in recent months in western Iraq.

Marines of 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division and Soldiers of the 155th Brigade Combat Team, unearthed a series of caches on April 27 while they were conducting cordon and search operations. The caches took nearly a week to uncover, catalogue and destroy.

The caches contained a significant number of weapons and explosives that could be used in attacks on Iraqi citizens, Iraqi Security Forces and coalition forces. Some of the more significant items were: more than 4,100 mortar rounds, more than 800 rocket propelled grenade rounds, more than 100,000 rounds of machine gun ammunition, more than 400 grenades, and several thousand pounds of different types of explosives and improvised explosive device-making material. Some of the materials were buried and others were secreted in underground bunkers. Most of the weapons and ammunition were in good condition and ready for use.

The 155th Brigade Combat Team is a US Army unit assigned to II Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward) during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Items seized and subsequently destroyed include:

(4,114) Mortar rounds of various types and sizes
(209) 155mm Artillery rounds
(55) Rockets of different types and sizes
(854) Rocket propelled grenades
(429) Grenades of various types
(107) Rifle grenades of various types
(38,000) .50-cal heavy machine gun rounds
(45,350) 7.62mm rounds rifle/light machine gun rounds
(46,610) 14.5mm heavy machine gun rounds
(702) 23-mm rounds
(6) Anti-aircraft missiles
(2) Anti-tank guided missiles
(58) Anti-personnel mines of various types
(27) Anti-tank mines
(17) AK-47 assault rifles
(14) Full AK-47 magazines
(1) Druganov sniper rifle with several full magazines
(7) Light machine guns of different types
(77) Rifle grenades
(410) Sticks of plastic explosive
(5) 57mm projectiles set up as improvised explosive devices
(37) Anti-tank rounds
(5) 400-pound rocket boosters
(369) Fuses of different types
(3) Spools of detonation (explosive) cord
(20) Blasting caps
(318) Rocket propelled grenade rocket motors
(18) Rocket motors
(16) Rocket propelled grenade launchers
More than 100 pounds of TNT
More than 3,300 pounds of aluminum powder
More than 1,000 fuses, detonators, primers and igniters

THIS RELEASE WAS PROVIDED BY THE II MEF PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE. FOR QUESTIONS OR FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE CONTENT, PLEASE CONTACT MAJ. ERBY MONTGOMERY, 155th BCT PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER, AT erby.montgomery@us.army.mil


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