U.S.-Iraqi force seizes weapons, propaganda cache
A joint American-Iraqi force has seized a weapons and propaganda cache along the Euphrates River in western Iraq, officials said Wednesday.
The operation was intended to “limit [insurgents’] ability to emplace improvised explosive devices and conduct attacks along the main supply routes and within the surrounding communities,” according to an Army news release.
The operation was conducted by Task Force Panther 1-110th Infantry and the Iraqi army’s 3rd Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 1st Army Division. The cache was found along the southern bank of the Euphrates River near the town of Bidimnah, officials said.
Among the weapons found were 35 rockets, 34 “high explosive projectiles,” 95 fuses, five mortar launchers and 41 remote detonation devices for roadside bombs. Also found were more than 75 propaganda audiotapes and video recording equipment, officials said.
The troops were attacked with small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fire while gathering the weapons cache, but no casualties were reported.
“This mission served as an excellent opportunity to further the Iraqi Army’s know-how on proper handling and processing of munitions caches. Many times these caches are booby-trapped. Searching for mines and other dangers associated with cache sweeps is first and foremost,” Lt. Col. Loris Lepri, Task Force Panther battalion commander, was quoted as saying in the news release.