Weapons Caches Found
The Army News Service and the MNF-I PAO report significant weapons cache discoveries.
Near Kirkuk - the Iraqi Army's 2nd Brigade and the US Army's 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division discovered a network of 15 weapons caches. The find was the result of a cordon and search operation in an area known to be a safe haven for insurgents. Four insurgents were arrested during the operation. The find included:
1 complete surface to air missile system, 450 mortar rounds, 12 rockets, 11 complete mortar systems, 31 rocket propelled grenade (RPG) launchers, 70 rocket propelled grenades, 30 grenades, 14 machine guns, 16 sniper rifles, more than 190 fuses, tens of thousands of rounds of small arms ammunition, multiple weapons parts, including scopes, 75 pounds of propellant, timers and parts used in making improvised explosive devices (IED’s), [and] 1 gas mask.
MNF-I reports that local citizens, near Rawah, Northwest of Baghdad along the Euphrates, alerted soldiers from 4th Squadron, 14th U.S. Cavalry Regiment, assigned to Regimental Combat Team-7 to a possible cache. More than 3000 rounds of munitions, including mortar rounds (60 to 125mm) and "various other projectile-type munitions."
While we all await a hopeful solution to the forming of a new Iraqi government - news of the removal of more of the enemy's weapons is significant and heartening - as is local support and Iraqi forces involvement.