Monday, August 13, 2007

Tips lead coalition troops to cache

2nd BCT, 10th Mtn. Div. (LI) PAO
Multi-National Division - Center

PATROL BASE WARRIOR KEEP, Iraq - Large amounts of ammunition and bomb-making material were found in a series of caches, alongside a road southeast of Baghdad Aug. 7.
Soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) out of Fort Drum, N.Y., were searching along the road at about 11 p.m. when they found two caches buried in red water tanks one foot below the ground.
The weapons and gear inside the tanks were wrapped in burlap bags. The caches included 32 120mm mortar rounds, 12 60mm mortar rounds ,13 rocket-propelled grenades, a set of night-vision goggles, six motorcycle batteries, a high-powered wireless antenna, 200 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition for AK-47 assault rifles, a roll of electrical wire and assorted RPG parts, 50 flares, a roll of detonation cord and a tripod for a mortar tube.
Shortly afterward, Soldiers detained two local men who lived in the house next to the cache. A source had identified the two as being responsible for burying the weapons.
At 3 p.m., in a separate incident, concerned local citizens brought a cache to a patrol base. The citizens said they found the cache along the nearby Mulla Fayad highway. It contained 11 82mm mortar rounds, a rocket-propelled grenade and four anti-tank rounds with Cyrillic writing on them.
The men were taken to a nearby patrol base for questioning. The explosives were destroyed in a controlled detonation by an explosive ordnance disposal team.

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