Saturday, November 17, 2007

Former Extremist Leads Joint Forces to Huge Weapons Cache

Saturday, November 17, 2007
A former member of an extremist group led Coalition Forces, Iraqi Army and Concerned Local Citizens to a cache site near southeast of Baghdad in the morning hours, Nov. 13.

The citizen, who reconciled with Iraqi and Coalition troops, knew where the cache was because he helped bury it sometime ago. He said he is now helping Coalition Forces because he is tired of al-Qaeda trying to force him to work with them. He said al-Qaeda imprisoned him and tortured his friends for not joining forces with them.

The Soldiers from Battery B, 1st Battalion, 9th Field Artillery, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, and IA found refrigerators that contained numerous rockets, mortars and ammunition.

Finding and destroying a weapons cache of this size will help slow enemy attacks in the area, said Capt. David Underwood, Battery B, 1-9th FA commander. He added that the find boosted the troops’ morale.

Underwood called the night’s mission a success. “Anytime you can find something like this it’s big,” he said. “It was a huge night for us.”

From press release #20071117-02 by Multi-National Corps-Iraq - Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory

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