Saturday, June 14, 2008

Good News from Iraq: 14 Jun 2008

From MNF-I, Locals lead Iraqi, Coalition forces to sizeable weapons caches near Balad.

TIKRIT, Iraq – Local citizens’ tips led Iraqi and Coalition forces to sizeable weapons caches over the last two weeks in and around the city of Balad.

Balad citizens informed Soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 32nd Calvary Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) of caches consisting of 16 phone bases, 12 rocket-propelled grenade rounds, five fuses, two anti-tank grenades, four ejector motors for RPGs, two sniper rifles, one light machine gun, one night sight and one day sight for mortars, 10,000 light machine gun and AK-47 rounds of ammunition, 12 pounds of propellant, four 120 mm HE mortar rounds, one 122 mm projectile and one 100 mm projectile.

“The people of Balad are continuing to show their commitment to reconciliation and protecting their county,” said 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division Executive Officer Lt. Col. Thomas Hauerwas. “These significant cache finds, coupled with the recent reconciliation of over 500 men, are leading the way to peace and economic prosperity in this area of Salah ad Din Province.”

The items found in these caches could have been used in future small-arms fire, indirect fire or improvised explosive device attacks, he added.