Saturday, March 22, 2008

Good News from Iraq: 22 Mar 2008

From MNF-I, National Police Find Weapons Cache in Eastern Baghdad.

BAGHDAD — The Iraqi National Police seized a substantial weapons cache March 18 in eastern Baghdad.

National Police from 1st Battalion, 4th Brigade, 1st NP Division, received a tip from a concerned citizen in the area on a large amount of weapons being stockpiled.

The NPs acted on the tip and found 34 107 mm rockets, 44 60 mm mortar rounds, 18 81 mm mortar rounds, 10 rocket-propelled grenades, 38 107 mm rocket fuses, 10 completed rocket sleds and another four partially constructed sleds, three RPG launchers, one 82 mm mortar tube, one 60 mm mortar tube, two RPK machine guns, one Dragonov sniper rifle, numerous 7.62 ammunition rounds, four washing machine timers, four electronic boxes, a large bag of wire and miscellaneous types of batteries.

An explosive ordnance disposal team from Multi-National Division – Baghdad secured the cache and safely transported the weapons to a MND-B operating base.

“Areas in eastern and southern Baghdad have seen an increase in indirect fire attacks, and the confiscation of the rockets and mortars will deplete terrorist and extremist elements of weapons to conduct attacks against innocent civilians and Coalition Forces,” said Brig. Gen. Mike Milano, deputy commanding general for MND-B and the 4th Infantry Division.

“Iraqi Security Forces continue to successfully hunt down and attack al-Qaeda in Iraq and extremists operating with the intention of harming innocent Iraqis,” he said. “By informing the ISF of these weapons, the local Iraqi undoubtedly saved lives by his actions.”