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Marne Torch II sweeps weapons caches

Multi-National Force-Iraq

Monday, 15 October 2007
Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
APO AE 09342

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RELEASE No. 20071015-01
October 15, 2007

Marne Torch II sweeps weapons caches

Multi-National Division – Center PAO

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq – Multiple caches containing weapons, intelligence materials, propaganda literature and improvised explosive device-making materials were discovered during Coalition Force operations in western Hawr Rajab Oct. 14.

Paratroopers of Squadron C, 1st Battalion, 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, discovered the materials in six separate structures cleared during the raid.

Weapons confiscated included: one suicide vest comprised of steel pellets and homemade explosives, a helicopter missile tube, 12 AK-47 magazines (one of which was loaded), one grenade and grenade fuse assembly, one mortar cheese charge, 145 DSHK .50 caliber heavy machine gun rounds, four MP-5 magazines; approximately 150 9mm rounds; five 7.62 long magazines; 253 25mm rounds, a complete 25mm anti-aircraft gun and additional barrel pieces, 54 red-tipped .50 caliber tracer rounds, 11 23mm barrels and six 23mm receivers, four bags of powder that could be potential HME and a box containing miscellaneous explosives.

Other contraband confiscated included: three walkie-talkies, miscellaneous anti-Coalition propaganda, a weapons rack, freezer, six propane tanks, maps, a disabled motorcycle, eight license plates, a machine gun stand, 100 feet of command wire, one spool of wire, one bag of 9V connectors and a Canadian AN/PVS-7 B night-vision goggle set.

The contents of all the caches were safely eliminated in a controlled detonation by an explosive ordnance disposal team.

The Paratroopers, who are operationally attached to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Inf. Div., conducted the mission as part of Operation Marne Torch II, a month-long mission designed to eliminate al-Qaeda leaders within the Arab Jabour and Hawr Rajab areas.

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FOR QUERIES, CONTACT THE MULTI-NATIONAL DIVISION – CENTER PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE AT: MND-CENTER_PAO@IRAQ.CENTCOM.MIL OR BY PHONE AT DSN 318-822-7482 OR COMMERCIAL 912-767-4114.





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