Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Good News from Iraq: 29 Jan 2008

From MNF-I, Iraqi Civilians Lead Troops to Explosives Cache.

RAMADI — Iraqi civilians helped Iraqi Security Forces and Coalition Forces discover numerous caches 60 kilometers northeast of Ramadi Jan. 24.

Acting on information provided by locals, the Iraqi Army alongside Company B, 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment discovered four caches, including the largest cache found in the Thar Thar region in 2008.

The combined four caches included 2,550 pounds of homemade explosives; 10 pounds of plastic explosives; three mines; 1,500 feet of detonation cord; two mortar tubes; more than 300 rocket propelled grenade warheads; six 120mm mortar rounds; four 107mm rockets; and one heavy machine gun.

One cache of RPG rounds and mortars was found buried in a large water container in an abandoned sheep pen. Based on its location, the cache could have been used to supply insurgents in three provinces with munitions.

“The cache provided bomb-making materials and RPGs for the Saladin, Baghdad and Anbar provinces,” said Lt. Col. Michael Silverman, commanding officer, 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment. “It was big, new and the best attempt to hide them since I’ve been here.”

A military explosive ordnance disposal team destroyed the munitions on-site with a controlled detonation.