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Release A050604a

Large Al Anbar caches uncovered by Coalition

Multi-National Force-Iraq

CAMP BLUE DIAMOND, Iraq – Marines, Sailors and Soldiers and Iraqi Security Forces assigned to 2nd Marine Division located approximately 50 weapons and ammunition caches in Al Anbar within the last 72 hours.

These discoveries are part of ongoing operations in Al Anbar Province.

The largest of these caches was located at a site north of Karmah. A series of underground bunkers have been discovered in an old rock quarry approximately 170 meters wide by 275 meters long. Within the various rooms making up the facility, Iraqi Security and coalition forces discovered four fully furnished living spaces, a kitchen with fresh food, two shower facilities and a working air conditioner. Other rooms within the complex were filled with weapons and ammunition.

In one portion of this insurgent lair, coalition forces and ISF found numerous types of machine guns, ordnance, including mortars, rockets and artillery rounds, black uniforms, ski masks, compasses, log books, night vision goggles, and fully charged cell phones.

Tips from locals as well as information garnered from detainees have provided valuable intelligence on the locations of weapons caches. Persistence and patience on the part of coalition and ISF troops are significantly effecting the numbed of caches found as well.

Marines are continuing to exploit the site for information and will then destroy all of the weapons and munitions through controlled detonation.

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TEXT FOR THIS RELEASE WAS PROVIDED BY THE 2 ND MARINE DIVISION PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE AT CAMP BLUE DIAMOND, AR RAMADI, IRAQ. THE POINT OF CONTACT FOR CLARIFICATION ON THE CONTENT IS CAPT. JEFFREY S. POOL; PoolJS@gcemnf-wiraq.usmc.mil . PHOTOGRAPHS TO SUPPORT THIS STORY ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE CPIC PRESS DESK BY E-MAILING cpicpressdesk@iraq.centcom.mil .



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