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Kirkuk weapons cache still yielding ammunition

Multi-National Force-Iraq

TIKRIT, Iraq – Iraqi and U.S. forces have removed more than 4,200 mortar rounds from a major weapons cache found outside of an abandoned military base near the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk Sunday.

The buried rounds were discovered by Iraqi Soldiers Sunday morning. The Soldiers removed about 800 mortar rounds before realizing that the cache was much larger than they originally thought. U.S. Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team were called in to help excavate the munitions and secure the area.

The ammunition was buried under concrete blocks with dirt mounded on top. All of the ammunition removed so far has come from one mound located in a field full of similar mounds. The explosives ordnance disposal team at the site expects to find more rounds as the search expands throughout the field.

“It was a good find,” said Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jennifer Wayne, the EOD team chief at the site. “I’m glad we found it over someone else. All those rounds are potential IEDs. We just stopped that many more IEDs.”

The rounds will be destroyed in a controlled detonation.

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TIKRIT, Iraq – Hundreds of mortar rounds await disposal. The weapons were unearthed from a huge weapons cache near Kirkuk by Iraqi and Task Force Band of Brothers Soldiers. More than 4,200 rounds have been removed from the site since Sunday. (US Army photo)

TIKRIT, Iraq – Iraqi Army Soldiers pose during a break from loading mortar rounds discovered Sunday near Kirkuk. More than 4,200 rounds have been uncovered over the past three days in a massive weapons cache outside of an abandoned Iraqi military base. (US Army photo)

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