April 18th, 2008 03:32 EST
Informant leads MND-C Soldiers to weapons cache (Shubayshen)
BAGHDAD – A tip from an informant led Iraqi Army soldiers and Multi-National Division – Center Soldiers to a weapons cache in Shubayshen Village, south of Baghdad, April 16.
Soldiers from 25th Brigade, 6th IA Division and and 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division (AASLT) conducted a search through the area until they came upon the site described by the informant.
Finding the cache, the Soldiers spent several hours digging up the munitions, which consisted of approximately 600 tank rounds.
First Sgt. Roy Bruce, senior enlisted member of 3rd BCT, 101st Abn. Div. (AASLT), said positions established in the area with Operation Marne Piledriver emboldened the informant to come forward.
“The informant told us that al-Qaeda in Iraq emplaced this cache last year and that he finally felt safe enough due to IA presence to reveal the cache,” said 1st Lt. Bo Alf, 3rd BCT, 101st Abn. Div. (AASLT).
“The informant, his family and neighbors told us of the false promises of al-Qaeda and how they want to return to the fold of the Government of Iraq.”
Marne Piledriver is an ongoing Multi-National Division - Center operation focused on capacity-building projects throughout the area of operations of 3rd BCT, 101st Abn. Div. (AASLT).
During the operation, Iraqi Security Forces are taking the lead in targeting remaining insurgent pockets with the help of Coalition forces.
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