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U.S. and Afghan soldiers uncovered three weapons caches consisting of dozens of rockets and other devices, officials said Thursday.

Afghan National Army soldiers and paratroopers with 1st Battalion, 508th Infantry Regiment (Airborne) found the first cache in Ghazni. The cache included a heavy machine gun, light machine guns, assault rifles, recoilless rifles, mortar systems with mortar rounds, thousands of rounds of small-arms and light- machine gun ammunition, 135 rocket-propelled grenades, two crates of fragmentation grenades and other bomb-making materials.

“This find is significant because the removal of this cache denies the enemy the capability to attack the government of Afghanistan and kill innocent Afghan civilians,” Col. Patrick Donahue, commander of Regional Command East, said in a release.

Two other caches were found in Nangarhar and Kunar provinces, officials said.

Together they contained 85 rockets or rocket components, 18 mortar rounds, small-arms ammunition and artillery rounds.


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