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U.S. and Iraqi soldiers have found and destroyed thousands of pounds of weapons and munitions in several locations across Iraq in recent days, according to U.S. forces.

One of the biggest discoveries was May 20, when a former mayor of Husayniyah, in Karbala province, tipped Iraqi police to nearly a dozen water storage tanks in which roughly 2,400 pounds of munitions had been hidden, according to a coalition news release issued Monday.

The stash included more than 1,000 mortar rounds, 25 rockets and 33 blocks of C-4 explosives, U.S. forces said. The munitions were turned over to the 760th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company and destroyed.

In another incident Monday, U.S. soldiers with the 2nd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment received a tip from Iraqi forces that led to the discovery of a large weapons cache in a 40-foot-deep well in the al Jazeera desert, west of Samarra, U.S. forces said in a statement released Tuesday.

That cache contained more than 300 rockets, a sniper rifle and various machine guns, U.S. forces said. Nearly all the munitions were in serviceable condition, the news release quoted a U.S. officer as saying.

In Baghdad, Iraqi army soldiers operating in Sadr City uncovered several small caches on Sunday and Monday that included artillery rounds, bombs, rocket-propelled grenades, a set of night-vision goggles and other items, U.S. forces said in another statement issued Monday.

Northwest of Baghdad, a local citizen turned in a homemade rocket, a homemade launcher, two 120 mm rounds, an anti-aircraft gun and 80 rounds for a .50-caliber machine gun to soldiers with the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, U.S. forces said Monday.

In northwestern Baghdad, U.S. troops with the 101st Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team found two rocket warheads, blasting caps, 12 AK-47 rifle magazines and various materials for making homemade bombs during an operation on Monday, the military said.

Also on Monday, a soldier with the 4th Infantry Division’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team found an explosively formed penetrator in Baghdad’s Adhamiyah district, U.S. forces said.


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