Saturday, October 21, 2006

4-31 Soldiers find 14 weapons caches, IED's and body armor

MND-B Soldiers find 14 weapons caches, IEDs and body armor

Staff Sgt. Angela McKinzie
2nd BCT PAO, 10th Mtn. Div.

BAGHDAD – Soldiers from Multi-National Division – Baghdad’s 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, found and seized 14 separate caches containing weapons, explosives and propaganda material during a combat operation in southern Baghdad at approximately 2:51 p.m. today.
Some of the seized weapons included three anti-tank mines, one anti-personnel mine, one 22mm rocket tip, tools for fabricating improvised –explosive devices, 12 sticks of dynamite, one rifle, three rifle scopes, 30 partially completed AP IEDs, three fused rockets, 14 60mm rounds, 19 82mm rounds, one rocket-propelled grenade, five IEDs with initiators, seven full AK-47 magazines, one RPG launcher and a fertilizer bag full of IED making materials.
Weapons were not the only things found during the mission. Other items used by terrorists were uncovered.
Some of the other items uncovered were six cordless phones, three phone chargers, spools of wire, one ski mask 38 videocassettes, eight individual-communication devices, eight circuit boards and six cordless telephone sets. These items are commonly used to command-detonate the IEDs
Also found were a Sony 8mm video camera, video tapes, batteries and camera remote devices commonly used to record the terrorist attacks for propaganda purposes.
In the same incident three uniforms, written documents and various types of body armor were found.
The unit found these items while conducting Operation Commando Hunter which is targeting the al Qaeda network in the Shakariyah Traingle, southwest of Baghdad.

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