BAGHDAD (Feb. 6, 2008) - Multi-National Division-Baghdad Soldiers seized a large weapon and bomb making cache in Abu Ghraib, west of the Iraq Capital Feb. 4.
The Soldiers from 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment were conducting search operations in the area as part of an ongoing operation when the unit recovered 13 120 mm mortar rounds, 132 82 mm mortar rounds, 51 60 mm mortar rounds, three cans of 120 mm mortar fuses, 23 boxes of mortar fuses, three mortar sights, 35 82 mm mortar primers, six 60 mm mortar primers, 22 40 mm mortar primers, a 120 mm tube, 130 blasting caps, 30 rifle rocket-propelled grenades, 24 RPG warheads, an RPG sight, two bags of RPG propellant, 12 RPG propellants, four artillery fuses, four anti-personnel mines, two 57 mm rockets, 126 fragmentation grenades, three Russian grenades, 600 yards of detonation cord, a variety of machine guns, seven cell phones, four IED switches, 26 30 mm anti-aircraft rounds and 17 .50 cal rounds.
An explosive ordnance disposal unit destroyed the cache with a controlled detonation.
"This was significant cache find," said Lt. Col. Steve Stover, MND-B spokesman. "The recovery and destruction of these items does contribute to the overall security of the Iraqi people - our number one priority."
This is part of Multi-National Division-Baghdad Soldiers on going offensive operations in support of Operation Phantom Phoenix to kill or capture al-Qaeda and Shia/Sunni extremists to deny them rest and sanctuary in Baghdad and the surrounding rural areas. AQI terrorists and other extremists are the root cause of the most horrific attacks against Iraqi civilians, security forces and coalition troops.
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