November 12th, 2007 04:17 EST
Concerned Local Citizens find and remove IEDs, mortars
FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq – Concerned Local Citizens found numerous improvised explosive devices and mortars along a route frequently traveled by Coalition Forces in Adwaniya Nov. 10.
The CLCs came to Soldiers from Troop B, 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry, Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, reporting the IEDs emplaced along the route.
Capt. Donald Brahman, commander, Troop B, 1-40th Cav. Regt., said some of the CLCs claimed to have expertise with IEDs and volunteered to remove them.
“This portion of the road has been a major minefield,” Brahman said, adding that the CLCs are helping open up the road.
The IEDs and mortars consisted of five five-gallon jugs of homemade explosives, four antifreeze jugs filled with homemade explosives, three 120mm mortar rounds, three 82mm mortar rounds, one 60mm mortar round and one 105mm artillery round.
The IEDs were destroyed by an explosive ordnance disposal team in a controlled detonation.
Later the same day, the CLCs reported more weapons and ordnance. Nine fire extinguishers filled with HME, five oxygen tanks filled with HME, two rockets, and five two-liter bottles filled with HME and fitted with pressure plates and blasting caps were found.
The munitions were taken to Paratroopers from Troop A, 1-40th Cav. Regt., at Entry Control Point 20, a small patrol base in Hawr Rajab.
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