Soldiers find weapons caches, terrorists on island

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Date: 11.30.2005
Posted: 11.30.2005 17:23
News ID: 3907
Soldiers find weapons caches, terrorists on island

Pfc. Kelly K. McDowell<br /> 2/101st Airborne Division PAO<br /> <br /> BAGHDAD --Task Force Baghdad Soldiers found multiple weapons caches on an island in the Euphrates River Nov. 28.<br /> <br /> Military officials had been monitoring suspicious activity near the Euphrates River southwest of Baghdad for a couple of weeks. When conditions were right, Soldiers from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division were ready to spring into action.<br /> <br /> "The timing was right to attack the target," said 2/101st Airborne Div. Commander Col. Todd Ebel. "The pieces of the puzzle fit close enough."<br /> <br /> Soldiers from 2/101st's 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment secured the objective and discovered three significant weapons caches.<br /> <br /> Soldiers also searched surrounding homes and facilities, detaining two suspected terrorists.<br /> <br /> In total, the Soldiers uncovered 11 500-pound bomb shells, C4 explosives, welding equipment, mortar rounds, miscellaneous bomb-making material, 57-millimeter rockets, 40 bags of fertilizer, 12 directional charges, five 155-millimeter rounds, 100 feet of detonation cord, three rocket-propelled grenades, eight bags of 20-millimeter rounds and other munitions and explosives.<br /> <br /> An explosive ordinance disposal team was called to the site to conduct a controlled detonation of the caches.<br /> <br /> "The large bombs and welding material are critical," Ebel said. "It is likely this material was used for improvised explosive devices and possibly vehicle-borne IEDs that threaten Iraqi citizens and Coalition Forces. I could not be more proud of these 2/101st Soldiers. They do this every day to help bring peace. No one could ask more of them."<br />