Soldiers from the Germany-based 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division acted on a tip from a detainee and found a large weapons cache in the Mansour district of Baghdad, military officials said Sunday.
The joint raid, done with soldiers from the 1st Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division uncovered a dozen anti-tank mines, 63 TNT sticks, 12 hand grenades, a rocket-propelled grenade launcher, three RPG booster rockets, illumination rounds, a PKC assault rifle and various bomb-making materials, officials said.
Separately, troops from 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, seized 120 23mm anti-aircraft rounds and an anti-aircraft gun south of Baghdad. Soldiers of 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division, seized 14 separate caches containing weapons, body armor, explosives and propaganda during raids in southern Baghdad on Thursday.
The raids were described as part of Operation Together Forward, the ongoing effort to quell sectarian violence in Baghdad.
The U.S. military reported that, as of last week, U.S. and Iraqi forces have cleared approximately 96,000 buildings, 80 mosques and 65 muhallas, arresting more than 168 people and seizing more than 1,735 weapons in 35 weapons caches.