Thursday, October 13, 2005

Iraqi and Coalition Troops Seize and Destroy Huge Weapons Cache

From a CENTCOM press release:
MOSUL, Iraq – Iraqi and Task Force Freedom soldiers seized a large weapons cache in Rawah Oct. 11.

Iraqi Intervention Forces from 3rd Battalion, 1st Brigade, 1st Division and U.S. Soldiers from 4th Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment seized the cache consisting of 220 rocket propelled grenades, 40,000 7.62 mm rockets, 100 2.75 inch rockets, 10 anti-tank mines, 1,000 .50 caliber rounds, 30-120 mm mortars, 20-82 mm mortars, 3,000 feet of detonation cord, 12-40 pound containers of black powder and 25-40 pound containers of red powder.

Thanks to the diligence and innovation of a Soldier they were able to get on site excavation equipment operational and uncover the munitions.

The cache was found buried in the ground in a 20 ft. container. The contents were destroyed in place.

More rounds were discovered in the surrounding area after the cache was destroyed.
Task Force Baghdad Soldiers from the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment found bomb-making materials hidden in an abandoned house while patrolling in another area of west Baghdad. The Soldiers discovered four radios, batteries and timing devices, equipment often used to detonate bombs.

Two hours later, the same unit seized more improvised explosive device accessories at another house and detained four suspected bomb builders. A search of the house revealed eight radios, four motorcycle batteries and four timing devices.

The four terror suspects were taken into custody for questioning.

Task Force Baghdad Soldiers also found and disabled six roadside bombs Oct. 11. In every instance, the Soldiers cordoned off the area to keep people away and called in teams of explosive experts to safely detonate or remove the bombs.
I'm reprinting these stories on the off chance that our loyal, unbiased, non-partisan mainstream media completely ignore them.