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U.S. Patrol Finds Weapons Cache in Baghdad House

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14, 2004 – American troops on patrol in western Baghdad Dec. 13 found car bombs and other enemy ordnance during the search of a local home.

The soldiers detained two individuals at the suspected insurgent "safe house," which yielded two vehicle-borne improvised explosive devices being prepared for detonation.

The vehicles contained nearly 1,000 pounds of explosives, including Italian- made anti-ship bombs, three 155 mm artillery rounds, 300 pounds of ammonium nitrate, as well as a weapons cache of rockets, mortars and anti-tank weapons.

Also confiscated was a cache of medical supplies and industrial chemicals.

In other Iraq news, two U.S. Marines were killed Dec. 13 while conducting security and stabilization operations in Baghdad province. The Marines' names are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

And in Afghanistan, coalition troops found and secured two weapons caches Dec. 13.

The cache near Kandahar included 20 pounds of unknown explosives, two hand grenade bodies and 10 blasting caps.

Coalition forces also found a weapons cache near Gereshk that contained eight AK-47 assault rifles, a rocket-propelled grenade, a machine gun and several grenades.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq and Combined Forces Command Afghanistan news releases.)

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