Super Sunday Weapons Cache
MNF-West reports that the Iraqi soldiers of 3rd Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 1st Iraqi Army Division and the U.S. soldiers of Task Force Panther 1-110th Infantry set out to disrupt insurgent operations via their logistics base along the southern banks of the Euphrates River in Bidimnah, Iraq. Task Force Panther Battalion Commander Lt. Col. Loris Lepri said this about the success of the mission and the Iraqi forces involved:
“This mission served as an excellent opportunity to further the Iraqi Army’s know-how on proper handling and processing of munitions caches. Many times these caches are booby-trapped. Searching for mines and other dangers associated with cache sweeps is first and foremost. The Iraqi Soldiers performed courageously, employing the proper search techniques while maintaining security throughout the long mission. Mission success is the single most important element in any Army’s doctrine.”
The list of items recovered included: "41 improvised explosive device remote detonators, 5 mortar tube systems, 3 rocket launcher systems, 34 high explosive projectiles, 35 rockets, 95 fuses/primers and assorted IED-making materials. Additionally, various types of insurgent propaganda were found in the caches to include 75 propaganda cassette tapes and video recording devices."