Iraqi, U.S. Soldiers Clean Up Streets - DefendAmerica News Article
Iraqi, U.S. Soldiers Clean Up Streets
Targeted raids and numerous confiscations uncover a number of weapons caches.
Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office
CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq, Feb. 9, 2007 — Iraqi security forces and American soldiers are patrolling the streets of Baghdad together. Their mission: provide security so the citizens of Iraq can live in a safer environment.
"Every weapon or explosive device we take off the street only improves the overall security situation here,"
Lt. Col. Scott R. Bleichwehl,
Since the beginning of February, these forces have operations resulting in the discovery of 60 weapons caches. Combined, these caches contained more than 2,000 mortar rounds, rockets, dynamite, homemade explosives, anti-tank landmines and numerous pistol and rifle munitions.
“The confiscation of weapons and munitions from caches hinders the ability to attack Iraqi security forces, the coalition and Iraqi citizens,” said Lt. Col. Scott R. Bleichwehl, MND-Baghdad spokesperson. “These munitions are secured and disposed of by explosive ordnance disposal teams.”
Soldiers from 1st Squadron, 89th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), partnered with Iraqi Army troops from 3rd Battalion, 4th
Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division conducted operations southwest of the capital earlier this week and uncovered several caches. One of the caches was the largest cache found by the units currently in that area to date, and yielded more than 1,100 high-explosive mortar rounds.
Soldiers from 2nd Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division located a cache northeast of the Iraqi capital that included more than 400 mortar rounds while partnered with 1st Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division.
Soldiers from the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, partnered with 1st Brigade, 9th Iraqi Army Division. They conducted targeted raids and confiscated arms and munitions including rifles, pistols, bayonets and assorted munitions.
“Every weapon or explosive device we take off the street only improves the overall security situation here,” said Bleichwehl. “These missions are making a difference and helping to move the city toward a more secure existence.”