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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Iraq Army and Coalition Soldiers Discover Weapons Cache

TIKRIT, Iraq – Soldiers and Paratroopers from the 1st Company, 4th Iraqi Army Division and Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, discovered a weapons cache during Operation Delta Snag on Sept. 14 in Salah ad Din province, northwest of Samarra.

Iraqi soldiers led the mission in which they discovered more than 300 82 mm mortar rounds, 79 fuses, seven 57 mm anti-aircraft rounds, four 130 mm mortar rounds and a cell phone. Three individuals were also detained during the Iraqi-led operation.

"The commander, 1st Company, 4th IAD and his company demonstrated their increasing capabilities and commitment to taking complete control of this sector," said Capt. Brian Roeder, commander, Company D, 2-505 PIR. "They are capable of conducting these missions with minimal U.S. involvement."

An explosive ordnance team and weapons intelligence team were dispatched to handle the munitions, which were detonated in place at the cache site.

"This is a significant find for us. Besides making significant progress in defeating indirect capabilities of anti-Iraqi forces, Delta Company and 1st Company have eliminated literally hundreds of potential IEDs from the enemy’s inventory," Maj. Brian K. Flood, executive officer, 2-505 PIR. "This is a huge boost for the safety of civilians and security forces in Salah Ad Din."

There were no injuries or damage to IA or CF Soldiers during Operation Delta Snag which continued through Friday.

Category: (Military) Press Release and Iraq.
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