U.S., Iraqi Soldiers Find Roadside Bombs, Weapons Caches
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Feb. 9, 2006 American and Iraqi soldiers found multiple roadside bombs and weapons caches during anti-terrorist operations in Iraq over the past several days.
In fact, Iraqi army and coalition soldiers discovered three separate roadside bombs without incident over the past 24 hours.
Iraqi soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 4th Brigade, 8th Army Division, along with U.S. soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, found the first roadside bomb near Iskandariyah. The bomb consisted of four 82 mm rounds, one 155 mm round and three rockets.
A second roadside bomb was discovered near the same area and consisted of four 82 mm rounds, one 155 mm round, three rockets and 17 75 mm rounds.
An Iraqi explosive ordnance disposal team dismantled both roadside bombs and transported the materials to a local Iraqi police station for detonation.
And U.S. soldiers from 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd BCT, along with Iraqi soldiers from 1st Battalion, 4th Brigade, 8th Iraqi Army Division, discovered a third roadside bomb in Jurf-El Saker. That bomb was made up of two 155 mm rounds, two fuel cans, one 100 mm round, one 120 mm round, one 130 mm round, one nine-volt battery and blasting caps. An American EOD team blew up the contraband ordnance at the discovery site.
Yesterday, Iraqi soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Army Division, found another roadside bomb near Jamissa, Iraq, and reported it to authorities. That bomb consisted of a 155 mm South African-manufactured artillery round with a radio attached as a detonation device. The bomb was safely removed to be destroyed at another site. No injuries or damages were reported.
Also yesterday, Iraqi military members with the 5th Strategic Infrastructure Battalion found and seized a weapons cache northwest of Kirkuk. The cache consisted of 13 122 mm mortar rounds, three 40 mm anti-personnel rounds, four 155 mm artillery rounds and an assortment of fuses. The munitions were removed for disposal.
And elements of the 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, found a weapons cache during a patrol west of Baghdad on Feb. 7. The cache was located in a field near a house. It consisted of one anti-tank mine, an unknown quantity of homemade explosives, one 55-gallon plastic drum containing small bean bags filled with BB-sized crystals, six grenades, one dismantled RPK, one 60 mm mortar tube, two 60 mm mortar systems and two rocket-propelled grenade rounds.
An explosive ordnance disposal team was dispatched and cleared the unknown crystals. The incident is under investigation.
(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq and Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq news releases.)