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Iraqi Soldiers, U.S. Marines Find 11 Arms Caches in Iraq

American Forces Press Service

RAMADI, Iraq, Jan. 16, 2006 – Iraqi soldiers and U.S. Marines with 2nd Platoon, Company L, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, discovered 11 weapons caches Jan. 14 near Barwanah, Iraq, military officials at Camp Blue Diamond here reported today.

A translator on patrol with the troops spotted the initial cache, and 10 adjacent caches were discovered thereafter. The site was so large it took two days to completely uncover, officials said.

The caches contained artillery and mortar rounds of various sizes, rockets, armor-piercing incendiary rounds and 1,900 pounds of propellant. An explosive ordnance disposal team detonated 4,000 pounds of high explosives.

(From a Multinational Force Iraq news release.)

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