Sunday, March 1, 2009

OIF Summary, March 1, 2009: Troops Discover Weapons, IEDs in Iraq

Dispatches from the Front

Dispatches from the Front:

WASHINGTON, March 1, 2009 -- Iraqi security forces and Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers discovered a munitions cache during a patrol northwest of Baghdad yesterday, officials announced.

Iraqi soldiers from the 24th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, working with soldiers from the 2nd Stryker Battalion, 112th Infantry Regiment, discovered 12 60 mm mortars, one 122 mm high-explosive artillery round, one rocket-motor propellant stick, three TNT booster charges, one electric blasting cap and a bag of plastic explosives.

A coalition forces explosive ordnance disposal team called to the site conducted a controlled detonation of the cache.

In other recent news in Iraq, Iraqi security forces, partnered with Multinational Division Baghdad troops, found two IEDs while responding to a car fire in southern Baghdad’s Rashid district.

The combined force responded to the Feb. 26 explosion in the Jaza'ir community near central Baghdad. Police officers conducting a combined patrol with paratroopers arrived to assist with site security.

The driver of the vehicle died of his wounds. After assessing the situation, the combined patrol determined the driver had been transporting an IED that prematurely detonated, causing the fire.

Earlier that day, members of the Zubaida Sons of Iraq, working with paratroopers of the 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, discovered an IED while conducting combined operations in the Zubaida neighborhood in Baghdad’s Rashid district. A combined forces EOD team safely disposed of the bomb.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq and Multinational Corps Iraq news releases.)

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