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U.S., Iraqi Forces Discover IEDs, Weapons Caches

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, March 18, 2005 – Iraqi and U.S. soldiers conducting patrols throughout Iraq seized and destroyed several weapons caches over the past 48 hours, military officials in Baghdad reported.

During a patrol March 17 in the village of Owesat near a U.S. forward operating base, soldiers of the 155th Brigade Combat Team discovered a small weapons cache at two houses in the area. Among items seized and destroyed were five 60 mm mortar tubes, 20 155 mm artillery shells, nine ammunition cans of 7.62 mm rounds, and a rocket-propelled grenade launcher. Five suspects were detained in that incident.

During a separate patrol, Iraqi and Task Force Baghdad soldiers discovered and destroyed three improvised explosive devices in Baghdad. A U.S. explosive ordnance detachment destroyed a 155 mm round in northeastern Baghdad around 11:20 a.m. Later that day, Iraqi soldiers destroyed another improved explosive device found in central Baghdad. Task Force Baghdad soldiers safely detonated a third IED found in northwestern Baghdad, military officials said.

Three people were detained after a tip from an Iraqi civilian led Iraqi and U.S. soldiers to a weapons cache near Mudadiyah March 16. The cache consisted of an RPG, five rockets and two artillery rounds.

Three Iraqi civilians are dead as the result of a collision between a civilian vehicle and a military combat logistics patrol March 17 near Tikrit.

Military officials reported a civilian vehicle was approaching a combat logistics patrol at high speed when soldiers motioned to the vehicle's driver to move over and slow down. The civilian vehicle was in the process of moving off the road when the driver lost control of the vehicle, crossed over the road and collided head-on with a civilian contractor vehicle.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)

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