Friday, April 18, 2008

Good news from Iraq: 17 Apr 2008

From MNF-I, Rocket Cache Found by Coalition, Iraqi Security Forces.

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU — With a tip from a local citizen, Coalition and Iraqi Army forces discovered a large cache of rockets in West Rashid, near Forward Operating Base Falcon, April 14.

The cache consisted of 18 107 mm rockets, some still in their original packaging, and 20 rocket-launching stands.

A Soldier standing guard at FOB Falcon was approached by the citizen with information on the whereabouts of the rockets. Upon receiving the tip, Soldiers from 4th Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division and Iraqi Soldiers from 5th Battalion, 25th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division conducted a joint patrol and found the cache.

The rockets were in an area assessed to be a historic point of origin for attacks against Coalition forces and Iraqi Security Forces.

The rockets were taken by the IA to FOB Falcon for further investigation. The IA called their U.S. Army military transition team to get an assessment from an explosive ordnance disposal team.