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NEWS | May 19, 2008

Iraqis turn in weapons at 'amnesty drop'

By None , MND-C PAO

BAGHDAD (May 19, 2008) – Local residents turned in a variety of munitions to Iraqi army soldiers in the New Baghdad District of Baghdad, May 17.

The Iraqi army soldiers were conducting an “amnesty drop” mission and were distributing food and water to local residents when they were approached by several civilians, reportedly from the nearby Sadr City district. The civilians turned in six 155 mm rounds, two 120 mm rounds, a 127 mm rocket and a 57 mm rocket.

The citizens indicated they were taking the initiative, showing they want peace and an end to the violence.

The munitions were taken to a nearby Joint Security Station for disposal.

Also in New Baghdad at approximately 12:20 a.m., May 18, Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, observed an armed man exiting a vehicle near their position. The man armed the weapon and took aim at the MND-B observation point. The Soldiers defended themselves and killed the man.

“Our Soldiers are true professionals,” said Col. Allen Batschelet, chief of staff, Multi-National Division – Baghdad and the 4th Infantry Division. “They took quick, decisive action and eliminated the threat to themselves and the local community.”