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The latest in a series of “disruption operations” in and around the restive city of Ramadi ended this week with 13 weapons caches discovered, including one that yielded a 1,000-pound bomb.

Some 100 soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 1st Iraqi Division, and 400 soldiers of the U.S. Army’s 2/28th Brigade Combat Team launched Operation Rams on Dec. 4. It targeted the Western Sufia district of the city, Anbar province’s capital and a hotbed of the insurgency.

“Altogether, Iraqi and Coalition Forces seized and destroyed 13 weapons caches and a total of six improvised explosive devices,” according to a release from the U.S. Marine Corps, which has operational control of Anbar. “Two of the caches were significant in size and a 1,000-pound bomb was discovered and detonated by explosive ordnance disposal technicians.”

At least eight suspected insurgents were detained in the operation. No U.S. or Iraqi deaths were reported.

In an earlier release, the Marines said one of the other caches 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.

Operation Rams is the sixth in a series of small offensives in Ramadi aimed at increasing security for the Dec. 15 national parliamentary elections.


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