I get several emails a day from military sources in Iraq because of some previous freelance work. I usually read and delete them, but it occurred to me that many of these never get posted. They come straight from a military reporter with photo attachments and don’t reside officially on any Web site.
So, here’s the latest report, and a couple of photos:
CAMP BLUE DIAMOND, AR RAMADI, Iraq – U.S. Army Soldiers conducting a cordon and search operation near Anah , approximately 300 km northwest of Baghdad, discovered one of the largest munitions caches to date in western Al Anbar Province yesterday.
The Soldiers from 4th Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, assigned to Regimental Combat Team-2, were searching a car bomb factory that was destroyed by Coalition air strikes recently, when they noticed freshly moved dirt. A twenty-foot storage container was uncovered after several minutes of digging.
More than 1,000 122 mm artillery rounds were discovered, along with approximately 40,000 armor piercing bullets, 1,000 .50 caliber rounds, detonation cord and various bomb-making materials.
After the cache site was destroyed, more munitions were found buried nearby. Explosive ordnance specialists are supervising the removal and destruction of these munitions, which are typically used to make roadside bombs that injure and kill innocent Iraqi civilians and military personnel.
This latest cache is the 26th cache found in the last week by 2nd Marine Division forces conducting counter-insurgency operations in the Al Anbar Province.
Good work, Marines.
So, depending on your point of view, you’ve just read some unfiltered Iraq news or some useless military propaganda. Take your pick.