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Published:January 23rd, 2007 04:57 EST
Marines Discover 14 Caches in Al Anbar

Marines Discover 14 Caches in Al Anbar

By SOP newswire

CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq - Marines from 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 5 uncovered 14 large caches during Operation Northern Venture in Al Anbar Province Sunday.
      
The discovery of such caches is extremely important as it provides the Iraqi civilians a better sense of security, " said Lt. Col. Kenneth M. DeTreux, battalion commanding officer.  When we take these weapons away, we lessen the ability of the enemy to terrorize and intimidate civilians. "
      
While conducting patrols north of Fallujah, Marines discovered seven heavy machine guns, one small machine gun, six AK-47 assault rifles, one bolt-action rifle and two Iranian assault rifles.  The cache also included 23 82 mm high explosive mortars, five 60 mm high explosive mortar rounds, one 120 mm high explosive mortar round, 4,263 rounds of 14.5 mm ammunition, 2,427 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition, 87 rounds of 9 mm ammunition, 110 rounds of Z3 precision munitions, 131 Soviet rocket fuses, two hand grenade bodies, 12 hand grenade fuses, three gas masks with filters and a large assortment of weapons related equipment. 
      
"The caches that we found were a mix of all sorts of ordnance from mortars to heavy machine guns, " said Maj. Sean M. Riordan, battalion executive officer.  There`s no doubt that the rural areas in Iraq contain numerous weapons caches, and the things we took away from the insurgency help to chip away at their tactical capabilities."
      
The Marines discovered the stockpiles in a combined cache hunt designed to interrupt insurgent activity in the area. Intelligence reports led the Marines to the area, and an immediate operation ensued to uncover the buried caches. 
      
All explosive materials were destroyed on site while the machine guns, rifles and ammunition were brought to Camp Fallujah. 

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