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U.S. Troops Find Weapons Caches; Iraqi EOD Team Makes Road Safer

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, March 12, 2006 – U.S. soldiers discovered four weapons caches in a four-day period in areas outside of Baghdad, officials said.

Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, discovered a weapons cache March 8 near the Euphrates River, south of Baghdad.

Army Pfc. Jason Chambers, of B Company, was occupying an observation post when he noticed something out of place in the distance. After carefully inspecting the area, he and another soldier discovered the cache, consisting of roadside bomb-making materials. Chambers and the soldier moved away a safe distance, notified their chain of command, and provided security until help arrived. Soldiers from B Company cordoned off the area.

Communications equipment, enemy propaganda, pre-made bomb detonation initiators, and various roadside bomb components were found. EOD technicians estimated the seizure took 637 roadside bombs from terrorists' hands.

Elsewhere, soldiers from Multinational Division Baghdad uncovered three weapons caches in three separate events yesterday.

  • Soldiers from 1st Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, received a tip from a local resident that led them to a terrorist safe house east of Baghdad. The soldiers captured six suspected terrorists, five AK-47 rifles, 15 AK-47 magazines, 400 AK-47 rounds of ammunition, knives, grenades, 23 propaganda discs, and various bomb-making equipment.
  • Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, discovered a small cache in northern Baghdad. The cache comprised two 122 mm rounds and four 130 mm artillery rounds.
  • West of Baghdad, soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, located a cache consisting of 35 pounds of C-4 explosives, two grenades, dynamite and blasting caps.

In other news, an Iraqi explosive ordnance disposal team helped make a route east of Baghdad safer yesterday by ridding it of a roadside bomb found by Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers. Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, found a hollowed-out tree trunk containing wires, a 152 mm round, and a remote control base while they were on patrol. The disposal team responded to the scene and secured the round.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)

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