American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, March 3, 2009 – U.S. and Iraqi forces deterred several potentially deadly incidents in recent days by confiscating two large weapons caches and dismantling a homemade bomb, military officials reported.

At least one cache was discovered with the help of an Iraqi civilian who led a combined Iraqi police and U.S. Army patrol Feb. 28 to a large cache west of Samarra.

The cache contained more than 200 mortar rounds and about 1,500 pounds of explosives, which were safely disposed of by explosive ordnance technicians.

A joint patrol of U.S. and Iraqi soldiers seized another cache yesterday during a patrol in the Mumbar Garhat district of Kirkuk province. The cache consisted of launchers, 120 mm shells, 60 mm mortars and firing systems, machine-gun rounds, improvised mortar tubes, blasting caps and several other supporting items. A joint U.S. and Iraqi army team safely disposed of the cache.

Also yesterday, Iraqi security forces and Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers discovered a homemade bomb while on patrol west of Baghdad. The troops immediately cordoned off the area to prevent injuries, and safely disposed of the bomb.

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