May 13th, 2007 12:51 EST
Ramadi, Numerous caches discovered
RAMADI, Iraq – Iraqi Security and Coalition Forces discovered multiple weapons caches in the Albu Bali region while conducting clearing operations during the past week.
Iraqi Police, Provincial Security Force 2 and Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, uncovered 21 enemy caches, including an underground bunker and a car bomb factory.
Local citizens provided Iraqi Police and Provincial Security Forces with the locations of many of the caches after a permanent police presence was established in the region 15 kilometers east of Ramadi.
“This is another example of citizens responding to an increased security presence,” said Col. John Charlton, Brigade Combat Team commander. “Once the local population sees that the police are not leaving, they immediately begin providing them with information on caches and activity.”
The vehicle bomb factory included six 55 gallon drums of homemade explosives and an assortment of bomb-making material. One of the two vehicle bombs found was partially built when the factory was discovered and contained eight containers of homemade explosives.
Two similar suicide vehicle bombs were used in attacks outside the provincial capital May 7, resulting in 16 Iraqi Police and civilians killed and 19 wounded.
Other caches found included 57 artillery and 763 mortar rounds of various sizes, 7 bags of chlorine and phosphorous powder, 2 improvised rocket launchers, and 13 eight-foot rockets.
The weapons and materials were collected and destroyed by explosive ordnance disposal experts.
Members of the Iraqi Police and Provincial Security Force 2 proudly stand next to one of the 21 caches uncovered in Albu Bali over the past week.
The discovery of a vehicle bomb factory reveals an elaborate assembly line that produces vehicle bombs historically used to attack Iraqi Police, civilians and Coalition Forces.