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Soldiers in Afghanistan Seize More Weapons Caches

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Jan. 10, 2005 – Coalition forces in Afghanistan have confiscated myriad weaponry and munitions as the result of a series of arms cache discoveries made on Jan. 7.

A cache turned in by Afghan citizens near Ghazni yielded 89 cases of 14.5 mm and 12.7 mm rounds. The Afghans said the ammunition had been there since the 1979-1989 Soviet occupation of the country. Another cache turned in by an Afghan citizen near Spin Buldak yielded three 82 mm rockets.

Coalition forces found another cache near Kabul. That cache consisted of 100 107 mm rockets, 100 anti-personnel rockets and assorted smaller munitions. Coalition forces patrolling near Qalat found a cache containing 500 7.62 mm rounds, 120 cases of 14.5 mm rounds, 66 cases of 12.7 rounds, 144 mm mortar fuses, 22 82 mm mortar rounds, seven 60 mm mortar rounds and six 75 mm recoilless rifle rounds.

Another weapons cache was discovered near Gereshk by coalition forces. The cache contained three 122 mm rounds, 27 82 mm recoilless rockets, 12 82 mm mortars, two 107 mm rockets and two hand grenades.

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