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Release A051105b

U.S. forces find, destroy several large weapons caches

Multi-National Force-Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Task Force Baghdad Soldiers found several weapons caches during combat operations Nov. 3-4 in and around Baghdad.

The stockpiles of weapons and munitions—now taken out of terrorists’ hands—include rockets, homemade bombs, mortars, rocket-propelled grenade launchers, grenades and ammunition.

Soldiers from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division discovered the largest cache west of Baghdad shortly before noon Nov. 3.

The cache included 2,000 7.62-mm rounds, 15 RPG rounds, three 57-mm rockets (and a launcher), eight 80-mm rounds, two mortar base plates, a mortar sighting device and an 18-inch homemade bomb.

Soldiers also discovered a second cache, which consisted of 33 81-mm rounds, 26 RPG rounds, 17 60-mm rounds, eight 57-mm rounds, three mortar base plates, two fragmentation grenades, two 120-mm rounds and about 300 7.62-mm rounds.

An explosives ordnance disposal team destroyed both caches through controlled detonation procedures.

In southeast Baghdad, Soldiers from 4th Brigade Combat Team noticed five suspicious individuals near a banana factory around 7 p.m. Nov. 3. During a search Soldiers found 19 grenades, 11 AK-47 assault rifles, eight RPG rounds, five sticks of dynamite, four blasting caps, three pistols, two RPG launchers, two RPK machine guns, a sniper rifle, detonation cord and a mortar sight. The five terror suspects were detained for further questioning. An EOD team recovered the cache.

Northwest of Baghdad, a patrol from 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division discovered a cache of 10 200-pound bombs, 25 152-millimeter rounds, three 122-millimeter rounds and a 130-millimeter round. The munitions were destroyed in a controlled detonation by an EOD team.

Around 7 a.m. Nov. 4 another 3rd Bde., 1st Armored Div. patrol found a cache in west Baghdad. This cache included 76 .50-caliber bullets, four rocket launchers, five mortar tubes and a sniper rifle.

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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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