BAGHDAD (June 26, 2008) – Iraqi army soldiers seized numerous weapons caches June 25 in the Sadr City District of Baghdad.
Iraqi army soldiers with the 3rd Brigade, 1st Iraq Army Division uncovered 11, 82 mm rounds and nine fuses in a school courtyard at approximately 7 a.m.
At approximately 11 a.m., Soldiers from the same unit discovered two AK-47 magazines and one tank scope. They also found two 82 mm rounds, five anti-tank mines, six 60 mm rounds, 11 rocket propelled grenade rounds, 30 AK-47 rounds and command wire approximately one hour later.
Soldiers with the 3rd Brigade, 1st Iraq Army Division found a cache behind a mosque consisting of four explosively formed projectiles.
Since, May 20, the Iraqi army has uncovered 205 weapons and munitions caches, including more than 150 improvised explosive devices and 100 EFPs.
“This is a significant achievement for the Baghdad operations command and the Iraqi army,” said Lt. Col. Steve Stover, a spokesman for Multi-National Division - Baghdad. “It shows increased capability, competence and the trust the Sadr City residents have in the Iraqi army soldiers.
“A significant number of the caches have been based on tips or citizens pointing the cache locations out,” said Stover. “Also, by removing these weapons and munitions caches from Sadr City and the rest of Baghdad, a statement is being made that there is nowhere the Iraqi army won’t go to protect the people of Baghdad.”