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Patrol Finds, Destroys Weapons Cache

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 6, 2005 – A Task Force Band of Brothers patrol near Forward Operating Base Anaconda in Iraq found two weapons caches containing timers, watches and other items commonly used in constructing roadside bombs Nov. 5, officials said today.

The seizure also yielded nearly 30 large-caliber artillery shells, more than a dozen rockets, five rocket-propelled grenade launchers, a mortar tube, a machine gun and small-arms ammunition, officials noted.

An explosive ordnance disposal team collected the weapons and conducted a controlled detonation of the shells and rockets.

In the air war over Iraq, coalition aircraft flew 56 close-air-support and armed-reconnaissance sorties Nov. 5 in support of coalition troops, infrastructure protection, reconstruction activities, and operations to deter and disrupt terrorist activities, Air Force officials said.

Air Force F-16 jet fighters provided close-air support to coalition troops in contact with enemy forces and performed an air strike against a building enemy forces used in the vicinity of Husaybah. The F-16s destroyed enemy targets with precision-guided bombs.

Also, 10 Air Force and Navy intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Iraq. U.S. Air Force and Royal Air Force fighter aircraft performed in a nontraditional ISR role with sensors.

Coalition C-130 transport plane crews from Canada and Japan flew in support of operations.

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