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U.S., Iraqi Troops Find Weapons Caches; Insurgents Detained

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, April 11, 2006 – U.S. and Iraqi forces discovered multiple weapons caches and detained five suspected insurgents over the past week, U.S. military officials in Baghdad announced today.

Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers unearthed a significant weapons cache over a three-day period on an island on the Euphrates River.

Beginning April 5, soldiers from 1st Battalion, 67th Armor Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, discovered a weapons that contained 82 mm rounds, 120 mm rounds, rocket-propelled grenade rounds and launcher, hand grenades, 55-gallon drums of TNT, 55-gallon sacks of nitrate, bundles of detonation chord, AK-47 rounds, 1,500 meters of command wire, a mortar sight, a receiver, a 107 mm rocket, 18 mm anti-aircraft rounds, 125 mm aerial bombs, anti-tank grenades, 60 mm mortars, 82 mm mortars, sticks of dynamite, mortar primers, hand grenades, cylindrical containers and boosters.

In a separate incident, soldiers from the Iraqi Emergency Services Unit combined efforts with Bastogne soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division to detain five suspected insurgents April 9 during a sequential cordon-and-search operation of four homes in Kirkuk.

Numerous weapons and cell phones, along with dozens of false identification cards, were uncovered. All five suspects were taken to a U.S. military compound for questioning.

In another combined effort, Iraqi soldiers from the 5th Strategic Infrastructure Brigade notified Bastogne soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, of a suspected weapons cache. After receiving the information, the Bastogne soldiers escorted an explosive ordnance disposal unit to the site to investigate and destroy the cache.

This cache included rocket-propelled grenades, 122 mm rounds, 73 mm projectiles, 60 mm mortars, 40 mm projectiles, 100 mm mortars, a 105 mm mortar, 82 mm rounds, smoke grenades, small-arms rounds and fuses.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)

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