Soldiers find weapons caches, terrorists on island
BAGHDAD, Iraq — Task Force Baghdad Soldiers found multiple weapons caches on an island in the Euphrates River Nov. 28.
Military officials had been monitoring suspicious activity near the Euphrates River southwest of Baghdad for a couple of weeks. When conditions were right, Soldiers from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division were ready to spring into action.
“The timing was right to attack the target,” said 2/101st Airborne Div. Commander Col. Todd Ebel. “The pieces of the puzzle fit close enough.”
Soldiers from 2/101st’s 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment secured the objective and discovered three significant weapons caches.
Soldiers also searched surrounding homes and facilities, detaining two suspected terrorists.
In total, the Soldiers uncovered 11 500-pound bomb shells, C4 explosives, welding equipment, mortar rounds, miscellaneous bomb-making material, 57mm rockets, 40 bags of fertilizer, 12 directional charges, five 155mm rounds, 100 feet of detonation cord, three rocket-propelled grenades, eight bags of 20mm rounds and other munitions and explosives.
An explosive ordinance disposal team was called to the site to conduct a controlled detonation of the caches.
“The large bombs and welding material are critical,” Ebel said. “It is likely this material was used for improvised explosive devices and possibly vehicle-borne IEDs that threaten Iraqi citizens and Coalition Forces. I could not be more proud of these 2/101st Soldiers. They do this every day to help bring peace. No one could ask more of them.”
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BAGHDAD, Iraq – Weapons and munitions are laid out on the ground after Soldiers from C Company, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment found the cache Nov. 28. (U.S. Army photo)
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Soldiers from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division provide security along a perimeter as other Soldiers from the unit search an island in the Euphrates River for weapons caches and terrorists. (U.S. Army photo)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Soldiers of C Company, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment walk down a pathway during a cordon-and-search mission Nov. 28. The Soldiers cleared an area believed to be a storage facility for insurgent ordnance. (U.S. Army photo)
BAGHDAD, Iraq -- Capt. Albert Vigilante, commander of C Company, 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, walks with Pfc. Brock Price as the unit searches for weapons caches on a Euphrates River island Nov. 28. (U.S. Army photo)
BAGHDAD, Iraq – A smoke cloud rises at dusk after an explosive ordnance disposal team destroys weapons and munitions found on an island in the Euphrates River Nov. 28. (U.S. Army photo)
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