Mideast briefs: GIs discover weapons cache while on patrol
U.S. soldiers of the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade uncovered four weapons caches during patrols this week in Iraq’s Salah ad Din province.
The soldiers were Pathfinders from the unit; Pathfinders are infantry troops “trained to provide navigational assistance and advisory services to military aircraft,” military officials said.
The weapons included 20 rockets, 53 rocket-propelled grenades, three anti-aircraft missiles with two launchers, one anti-tank missile, 24 mortar rounds, and several artillery rounds, the U.S. command in Baghdad said.
The weapons and munitions were destroyed, officials said.
Afghan army rolls out with first solo convoyThe Afghan National Army has completed its first logistical convoy, delivering cases of Meals, Ready to Eat to a number of forward operating bases, the U.S. military said.
The ANA’s Central Movement Agency convoy was its “first self-sustained undertaking after several training deliveries in the Kabul area,” a U.S. military news release read.
The agency consists of 90 ANA troops and 33 vehicles, officials said, and it is scheduled to grow to 890 people and 627 vehicles in four transportation companies.
The ANA drivers use new 7-ton “medium tactical vehicles,” officials said.
Afghan troops throughout the country are being trained by the Office of Security Cooperation–Afghanistan.