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U.S., Iraqi Troops Find Weapons Caches; Insurgents Detained

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 11, 2006 U.S. and Iraqi forces discovered multiple weapons caches and detained five suspected insurgents over the past week, U.S. military officials in Baghdad announced today.

Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers unearthed a significant weapons cache over a three-day period on an island on the Euphrates River.

Beginning April 5, soldiers from 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, discovered a weapons that contained 82 mm rounds, 120 mm rounds, rocket-propelled grenade rounds and launcher, hand grenades, 55-gallon drums of TNT, 55-gallon sacks of nitrate, bundles of detonation chord, AK-47 rounds, 1,500 meters of command wire, a mortar sight, a receiver, a 107 mm rocket, 18 mm anti-aircraft rounds, 125 mm aerial bombs, anti-tank grenades, 60 mm mortars, 82 mm mortars, sticks of dynamite, mortar primers, hand grenades, cylindrical containers and boosters.

In a separate incident, soldiers from the Iraqi Emergency Services Unit combined efforts with Bastogne soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division to detain five suspected insurgents April 9 during a sequential cordon-and-search operation of four homes in Kirkuk.

Numerous weapons and cell phones, along with dozens of false identification cards, were uncovered. All five suspects were taken to a U.S. military compound for questioning.

In another combined effort, Iraqi soldiers from the 5th Strategic Infrastructure Brigade notified Bastogne soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, of a suspected weapons cache. After receiving the information, the Bastogne soldiers escorted an explosive ordnance disposal unit to the site to investigate and destroy the cache.

This cache included rocket-propelled grenades, 122 mm rounds, 73 mm projectiles, 60 mm mortars, 40 mm projectiles, 100 mm mortars, a 105 mm mortar, 82 mm rounds, smoke grenades, small-arms rounds and fuses.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)

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