Several Weapons Caches Found
(AFPS) U.S. and Iraqi security forces continued
clearing operations in Baghdad, while other coalition and Iraqi security
forces discovered and destroyed several enemy weapons caches in the past
few days, officials said.
U.S. and Iraqi security forces teamed up for a second day of
anti-terrorist operations in Baghdad’s Mansour district,
officials said. During this sweep, U.S. soldiers with the 2nd
Infantry Division’s 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team rescued
a kidnap victim. The soldiers also found a weapons cache that
yielded several AK-47 rifles, ammunition, mortar rounds and
U.S. troops operating northwest of Taji arrested seven suspected
al Qaeda in Iraq terrorists and destroyed an enemy weapons
cache during two raids, officials said, and U.S. soldiers detained
five more suspected terrorists in Mosul during another raid.
soldiers found two large ammunition caches esterday; one cache
was discovered near Mushadah and the other was found near Radwaniyah.
Both caches were destroyed by explosive ordnance disposal teams,
contained machine-gun ammunition, rocket-propelled grenade
rounds, mortar rounds and other ordnance, officials said.
of caches like this impedes the terrorists’ ability to
harm coalition forces and Iraqi civilians,” said Army
Maj. Web Wright, a spokesman for the U.S. 10th Mountain Division’s
2nd Brigade Combat Team, which participated in the Mushadah
forces and U.S. soldiers found another large weapons cache
during combined operations in Zubaida on March 21. That cache
contained mortar rounds, blasting caps, grenades, and other
materials suitable for use in the making of improvised explosive
devices, officials said. The cache was destroyed.
Police found a weapons cache during a search of the Al Baneen
Mosque in southeast Rashid on March 21, officials said. Iraqi
civilians tipped off authorities about suspicious activity
in the area. The police confiscated the cache while U.S. soldiers
cordoned off the area. The cache yielded several AK-47 rifles,
some rocket-propelled grenade launchers, a spool of copper
wire, and other bomb-making materials.
Iraq news, terrorists detonated explosives to damage a bridge
in western Kirkuk province March 21, officials said. About
36 feet of the bridge located near the village of Shumayt was
rendered unusable by the explosions, officials said, noting
the bridge is much-used as a crossing over the Zaab River.
real effect may be shortages in supplies that impact the daily
life in the local villages,” said Mohammed Mushi, a senior
local Iraqi official.
the damage to the bridge likely will be repaired within weeks,
said Army Maj. Michael Benson, an American military engineer
officer with the 25th Infantry Division’s 3rd Brigade
MFI and MCI)