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Forces Uncover Weapons Caches in Afghanistan

American Forces Press Service

KABUL, Feb. 19, 2010 – Combined Afghan and international patrols uncovered six caches scattered throughout Afghanistan yesterday, netting rocket-propelled grenades, mortar rounds, rifles and a multitude of other weapons.

A combined patrol found a weapons cache in Nuristan province last night. The cache consisted of 12 107 mm rockets, two rocket-propelled grenades and two recoilless rifle rounds.

An Afghan civilian led a patrol to a weapons cache in Wardak province, yesterday. The cache contained four 122 mm rockets.

In Helmand province yesterday:

-- An Afghan civilian told a combined patrol about a weapons cache buried in a field. The patrol found 22 mortar rounds.

-- Another security force found 12 recoilless rifle rounds, eight mortar rounds, an illumination round and a weapons tripod.

-- A combined patrol with Operation Moshtarak found a cache containing 10 pounds of rocket propellant, a pressure plate and two mortar rounds.

-- Another patrol in the same district received a tip from an Afghan civilian about a cache. The cache contained 20 pressure plates, command wires and explosives.

All of the weapons found have been or will be destroyed, officials said.

(From an International Security Assistance Force Joint Command news release.)

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