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The latest in a series of small operations in Ramadi, Iraq, so far has resulted in four weapons caches seized and at least five arrests, U.S. military officials said Tuesday.

Some 500 U.S. and Iraqi troops are involved in Operation Rams, the sixth in a series of “disruption operations” in the Anbar province capital.

One cache included more than 100 rocket-propelled grenades and launchers, 150 hand grenades, anti-armor missiles and rockets, plastic explosives, bomb-making materials and body armor, according to a military release.

Four unexploded roadside bombs were destroyed during the operation, which is being undertaken by 100 soldiers of the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 1st Iraqi Division and 400 soldiers of the U.S. Army’s 2/28th Brigade Combat Team.

Several Army units are assigned to the Marines, who have operational control of Anbar province.

The aim of the operations is to “neutralize” the insurgency and “set the conditions” for the Dec. 15 parliament elections in the city. In the last vote, October’s constitutional referendum, fewer than 2 percent of Ramadi’s eligible voters participated.


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