Saturday, February 9, 2008

Good News from Iraq: 9 Feb 2008

From MNF-I, Sons of Iraq provide tip, Soldiers seize cache (Sabah Nissan).

BAGHDAD – A Sons of Iraq [formerly known as Concerned Local Citizens] group discovered a weapons cache near Sabah Nissan, a village east of Baghdad, and turned it over to Soldiers of 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery, Feb. 5.

The Soldiers secured the site, awaiting the arrival of an explosive ordnance disposal team from the 789th EOD Company, from Fort Benning, Ga., to dispose of the munitions.

The cache consisted of two rocket-propelled grenades, one 130 mm artillery round, one 120 mm tank round, one 60 mm mortar round and one 57 mm mortar round.

“The Sons of Iraq continue to prove their worth when they provide us these tips on weapons caches,” said Capt. Charles Cannon, from Moultrie, Ga., commander of Battery A. “They hear and learn things that some local Iraqis may be hesitant to approach Coalition Forces about. The Sons of Iraq allow them an outlet and this information eventually trickles down to us, at which time we can properly dispose of the ammunition and ordnance.”

Soldiers from 1-10 FA have seized 11 caches as a result of Sons of Iraq tips since last November.

The 1-10 FA is assigned to 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division out of Fort Benning, Ga. The 3rd HBCT deployed to Iraq in March 2007.