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Citizens' tips lead to large weapons cache

Multi-National Force-Iraq

CAMP STRYKER, Iraq -- Thanks to a tip from local residents, Task Force Baghdad Soldiers on a dismounted patrol discovered a significant weapons cache in the Radwiniyah area Sept. 17.

Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry Regiment, 48th Brigade Combat Team, received information from local citizens about a field of buried weapons.

The Soldiers searched the area and uncovered the cache of weapons. The search was then expanded and two other caches were discovered in the immediate area.

“The relationship between the Iraqi Army, Coalition Forces and the local populace grows stronger every day,” said Brig. Gen. Stewart Rodeheaver, 48th BCT commander. “This find will significantly decrease the amount of rocket and mortar attacks against the community and Coalition Forces. I am extremely proud of our Soldiers.”

Included in the weapons cache were 63 rocket-propelled grenade rounds, 23 RPG motors, 904 RPG fuses and primers, 33 68 mm rockets, 23 82 mm mortar rounds, two 60 mm mortar tubes, 12 60 mm mortar rounds, 80 mortar fuses, three mortar sights and five crates of TNT.

The cache was turned over to an explosive ordnance disposal team.

U.S. Soldiers will continue to have a strong presence in the area to assist Iraqi Security Forces in deterring terrorist acts.

One suspected terrorist was detained in connection with the cache.

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THIS STORY HAS ACCOMPANYING PHOTOGRAPHS. TO RECEIVE THE PHOTOS, PLEASE E-MAIL THE TASK FORCE BAGHDAD PUBLIC AFFAIRS PLANS AND OPERATIONS NCO, SGT. FIRST CLASS DAVID ABRAMS AT: DAVID.ABRAMS@ID3.ARMY.MIL.

RADWINIYAH, Iraq—Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry Regiment, 48th Brigade Combat Team, guard a weapons cache Sept. 17 which was uncovered after local residents provided information about its location. (U.S. Army photo)

RADWINIYAH, Iraq — A Soldier from 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry Regiment, 48th Brigade Combat Team, digs up a weapons cache Sept. 17 which was found after local residents provided information about its location. (U.S. Army photo)

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FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONCERNING THIS RELEASE, CONTACT THE TASK FORCE BAGHDAD PUBLIC AFFAIRS PLANS AND OPERATIONS NCO, SGT. FIRST CLASS DAVID ABRAMS AT: DAVID.ABRAMS@ID3.ARMY.MIL.

 



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