Monday, August 25, 2008

Good News from Iraq: 26 Aug 2008

From MNF-I, INP confiscate weapons caches in southwestern Baghdad.

FORWARD OPERATING BASE FALCON, Iraq – Iraqi Security Forces, working with Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers discovered two weapons caches Aug. 25 in the Rashid district of southern Baghdad.

At approximately 11:15 a.m., Iraqi National Police of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Brigade, 2nd National Police Division, captured 37 60 mm mortar rounds in the Furat community located in southwestern Rashid.

The INPs transported the ordnance to a combat outpost for transfer to Company C, 4th Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment, attached to the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division..

At approximately the same time, Iraqi citizens turned in two rocket propelled grenades and a 57 mm rocket to the NP headquarters in the Risalah community in the southern Baghdad’s Rashid district.

Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 24th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, found a cache in the Saydiyah neighborhood at approximately 9:15 p.m. The cache consisted of two 60 mm mortar rounds, three soda-can roadside bombs, one rocket-propelled grenade round, two electrical blasting caps and two timers.

“The Iraqi Security Forces, working with Coalition forces in Baghdad, contributed immensely to the Rashid district’s decrease in the levels of violence,” said Maj. Dave Olson, 1st BCT Spokesman, 4th Inf. Div., MND-B. “The Iraqi citizens consistently help both the ISF and Soldiers of the 1st ‘Raider’ Brigade in providing a safe and secure environment by furnishing tips on enemy activity and weapons caches.”