Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Coalition Forces find caches with help from concerned citizens

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

BAGHDAD — Concerned local citizens led coalition troops to a series of weapons caches southwest of Baghdad Sept. 21 and 22.
Soldiers from Company B, 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, out of Fort Benning, Ga., who are currently attached to the 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) out of Fort Drum, N.Y., worked with the concerned local citizens to seize the caches.
The first cache was discovered Sept. 21 after concerned citizens alerted Soldiers of weapons in the area.
The cache contained several pounds of TNT, 28 rocket-propelled grenade rounds, six 82mm mortar rounds, several boxes of 12.7mm heavy machine-gun rounds, 7.62mm rounds, and seven rockets of an undetermined size.
Then the concerned citizens led Co. B to another cache nearby. The second cache contained a 60mm mortar tube, an 82mm mortar tube, 18 82mm mortar rounds, a 60mm mortar round, two 120mm mortar rounds, 50 12.7mm heavy machine-gun rounds, a 1-liter container filled with gunpowder, and eight blocks of homemade explosives.
The third cache, which was pointed out by an Iraqi man, included a Dragonov sniper rifle, an RPG launcher, five RPG warheads, 200 pounds of homemade explosive, an AK-47 assault rifle, 38 incomplete improvised explosive devices, 30 boxes of various small arms ammunition, two boxes of 12.7mm heavy machine-gun ammunition, five tear gas grenades, four fragmentary hand grenades, six 60mm mortar rounds and fuses and five rockets of various sizes.
The Soldiers also discovered an underground bunker in the vicinity of the third cache site.
In a separate incident, a concerned citizen led elements of Company D, 2-14th Inf. Regt., to a weapons cache south of Zaidon, Iraq, Sept. 22.
The cache contained 11 120mm mortar rounds, eight anti-personnel mines, a collection of ammunition of various calibers, and seven rockets.
The weapons, ammunition and bunker were all destroyed in controlled detonations by an explosive ordnance disposal team.

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