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Published:January 4th, 2007 02:51 EST
RCT-5 Marines Discover 12 Caches, Iranian Ordnance in Al Anbar Province

RCT-5 Marines Discover 12 Caches, Iranian Ordnance in Al Anbar Province

By SOP newswire


CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq " Marine engineers attached to 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 5 uncovered 12 large caches during Operation River Sweep west of Habbaniyah Jan. 1.

The importance of the find deals directly with the insurgents` ability to wage anti-Coalition Force insurgent warfare, " said 1st Lt. David Bradt, the 3/2 engineer platoon commander. By taking away the materials that the insurgents use to conduct attacks, be they IEDs, indirect fire, or small-arms fire engagements, we are making the local area that much safer for Marines and Iraqis. "

The engineers, who were operating in concert with elements of the 1st Iraqi Army Division and 3/2, discovered the stockpiles in a combined cache hunt designed to interrupt insurgent activity in the area.

The Marines discovered three USSR hand grenades, four Type 86P Grenades, two TM 57 antitank mines, two 57 mm high explosive antitank rockets, one 107 mm high explosive rocket, 14 120 mm high explosive mortars, eight 122 mm high explosive projectiles, one 160 mm high explosive mortar, 12 130 mm high explosive projectiles, 100 7.62 X 54 rounds, 12 warheads, five 50 Kg bombs, four acetylene tanks, one 60 mm high explosive mortar and one guided missile.

All of the caches were destroyed.

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