Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Good News from Iraq: 30 Oct 2007

From MNF-I, Coalition Forces discover large weapons caches (Hawr Rajab).

HAWR RAJAB, Iraq – Coalition Forces discovered two weapons caches that contained enough material to make an estimated 200 complete improvised explosive devices in Hawr Rajab Oct. 26.

Soldiers of Troop C, 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) 25th Infantry Division, currently attached to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, discovered the caches of improvised explosive devices and rocket-propelled grenades.

The caches were near a canal crossing east of Forward Operating Base Falcon, an area that has been a point of origin for indirect fire attacks on the FOB.

Finding the caches will help to combat the IED threat in the area. “The IEDs and parts that we found could have easily been placed to attack our convoys. Hopefully this can help to stop those attacks,” said 1st Lt. Eric Rudberg, Troop C platoon leader.

Some of the electronic devices were taken by Troop C for further investigation. An explosive ordnance disposal team conducted a controlled detonation to destroy the caches.

In the same area of operations Oct. 26, concerned citizens found and brought two separate ordnance caches to 1-40th Cav. Regt. troops at Entry Control Point 20, a patrol base in Hawr Rajab. The caches included two fire extinguisher IEDs filled with unknown bulk explosives, two RPGs, two 57mm rockets filled with UBE, one 60mm mortar round and nine two-liter bottles of UBE.

EOD conducted a controlled detonation of the ordnance.