Monday, January 02, 2006

Iraq: 72 Caches/Weapons Caches seized

Operation Green Trident turns up 72 caches
U.S. Marines discovered more than ten metric tons of munitions hidden at 72 cache sites 39 km south of Fallujah during the week-long Operation Green Trident.

First Reconnaissance Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 8 began the operation last week near the village of Al Latifiyah to search suspected locations for hidden weapon caches. More than 1,000 artillery and mortar rounds were unearthed along with scores of rocket propelled grenades and hand grenades. Most of the caches were shallowly buried along the banks of the Euphrates River and surrounding area.

The weight of the explosives contained within these munitions is approximately one metric ton (2,200 lbs). The artillery and mortar rounds are commonly used by insurgents to make improvised explosive devices.

Task Force Baghdad raids seize weapons caches
Task Force Baghdad Solders kicked off the New Year by seizing and destroying two weapons caches, further denying terrorists the opportunity to put the citizens of Baghdad in harms way.

Soldiers seized the first, larger cache at 10:30 p.m. on Jan. 1. The operation resulted in Solders capturing a 3.5-inch rocket, eight rocket-propelled grenades, a launcher and 60 mm mortar rounds.

Soldiers discovered the second weapons cache at approximately 8:30 a.m. Jan. 2 and seized a rocket-propelled grenade, an AK-47 assault weapon and seven loaded magazines.
(Above taken from MNF-I Press Releases A060102b & A060102c)

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