Marines Unearth Weapons Caches; Tipsters Lead Troops to More

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Quigley_Sharps, Jan 9, 2006.


  1. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 2, 2006 – Over the past week, U.S. Marines discovered more than 10 tons of munitions hidden in Iraq's Euphrates River Valley. Troops elsewhere found and seized other weapons caches on New Year's Day.
    Marines found 72 cache sites about 25 miles south of Fallujah during the weeklong Operation Green Trident, officials said today. Marines from the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 8, kicked off the operation near the village of Latifiyah to search suspected locations for hidden weapon caches.

    More than 1,000 artillery and mortar rounds were unearthed along with scores of rocket-propelled grenades and hand grenades, officials said. Officials said most of the caches were shallowly buried along the banks of the Euphrates River and surrounding area. Insurgents commonly use artillery and mortar rounds to make improvised explosive devices, officials noted.

    In the Baghdad area, U.S. solders kicked-off the new year by seizing and destroying two weapons caches, which further denies terrorists the opportunity to put the citizens of Baghdad in harm's way, officials said.

    U.S. troops seized the first weapons cache at about 8:30 a.m. New Year's Day. It included a rocket-propelled grenade, an AK-47 assault rifle and seven loaded magazines. About two hours later, soldiers seized a larger cachethat consisted of a 3.5 inch rocket, eight rocket-propelled grenades, a launcher, and 60 mm mortar rounds, officials said.

    Elsewhere, tips from local residents led U.S. troops to four improvised explosive devices and the capture of five suspected terrorists Jan. 1 in northern Iraq.

    An early morning tip from local residents led members of the 101st Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team to an area near Kirkuk, where they found two IEDs, officials said. While a group of soldiers secured the area to wait for an explosive ordnance disposal team, the tipster led the rest of the patrol to a nearby location where they detained five suspects believed to be involved with emplacing the IEDs, officials noted.

    In Mosul, Iraq's second largest city, a tip from local residents led soldiers from the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team to the site of two more IEDs near a busy intersection in the city. One of the IEDs detonated while the unit was securing the area, slightly wounding one soldier. The second IED was safely disarmed, and an explosive ordnance disposal team removed two 120 mm mortar rounds.

    "Tips from concerned citizens have helped Iraqi and U.S. forces discover numerous bombs and weapons caches throughout the area," a spokesman said.
     
  2. sniper-66

    sniper-66 Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Sounds like maybe the Iraqi's are getting tired of all this shit!
     
  3. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Hope so, and particularly that it shortens your skunk hunting trip.
     
  4. ghostrider

    ghostrider Resident Poltergeist Founding Member

    That's what I've been hearing, it's the locals turning in the terrorists.
     
  5. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    The only terrorists are the ones the United States trains and deploys. The rest of those weapons and the resistance is simply local sects who want the United States to go start a war somewhere else.

    But I am glad our soldiers aren't getting eaten alive by IED's.
     
  6. ghostrider

    ghostrider Resident Poltergeist Founding Member

    BAGHDAD, Iraq - A Sunni Arab politician denounced a suicide bomb attack on a Shiite mosque that killed at least 60 people but blamed the violence in Iraq on the country's occupation by U.S. troops.

    Harith al-Ubaidi of the Iraqi Accordance Front said Sunnis were "hand in hand" with Shiites against last week's attack in Karbala, south of Baghdad. His remarks were significant because the Iraqi Accordance Front is the main Sunni coalition that is negotiating with Shiites and Kurds over a coalition government.

    "We also demand that the occupier get out, because he is the reason behind every crime," al-Ubaidi said. "If the occupier would leave, Iraqis would live as brothers."

    He spoke at the Umm al-Qura mosque, Baghdad headquarters of the Association of Muslim Scholars, a Sunni clerical group that is believed to have ties to some insurgent groups.

    The sermon was followed by a demonstration against a U.S. raid on the mosque over the weekend. Hundreds of worshippers took part in the protest.

    The mosque is in the al-Adel neighborhood, one of Baghdad's roughest and the same area where American journalist Jill Carroll, a 28-year-old freelancer for The Christian Science Monitor, was kidnapped on Saturday.
     
  7. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member


    Either Cain or Able would not survive the encounter. Maybe neither, and tribal warfare would come back to the desert. Then, it will be a long time 'till oil comes back out of the ground. Trade in your Merce for a pair of camels Hamid, for the end is near. ;)
     
  8. sniper-66

    sniper-66 Monkey+++ Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    Broker, sometimes you are so full of shit, your eyes are brown! But I still love ya brother!
     
  9. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    I wish. Man, life would be so much easier if I was just crazy. :lol:
     
  10. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    Ummm. Oooooh. o_O Tooth marks in tongue. [nothome] But I still love ya brother. [tf]
     
  11. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    :lol:
     
  12. ghostrider

    ghostrider Resident Poltergeist Founding Member

    Yeah, that's why I posted that about the
    Doesn't have anything to do with the fact that every radical Muslim for 2000 miles has come to Iraq to try to kill an American. Sounded like brokor. Sometimes I think brokor is actually Howard Dean who's snuck in here, with all the conspiracies.
     
  13. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    hehe.


    *runs off*
     
  14. E.L.

    E.L. Moderator of Lead Moderator Emeritus Founding Member

    :lol: [ROFL] [rofllmao]
     
  15. Quigley_Sharps

    Quigley_Sharps The Badministrator Administrator Founding Member

    [booze]
     
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