Marines Destroy Cache Discovered Near Habbaniyah
As part of the Surge, Marines of the 24th Marine Corps Regiment, Regiment Combat Team 1, Company B, 4th Marine Combat Engineer Battalion have worked day after day to search for different weapons caches, and to search for IED improvised devices and explosives.
The Marine Corps have two different groups, both Reserve units from Chicago Illinois and Roanoke Virginia, and they have worked to successfully find thousands of pounds of explosives and ammunition.
As the two units prepare for their eventual withdrawal at the end of the Surge, they leave behind many different successful missions that they have completed. The Marine from these two different reserve units have also successfully trained hundreds of different Iraqi Army members to deal with explosives, and to detect and identify different types of explosives. They work with different members of both the Iraqi National Army, and the National police, and they have worked to train them in explosive operations.
Explosives are one issue that will remain long after the Coalition soldiers go home, and because of this the training has been invaluable for the Iraqi security personnel. The Iraqi military and police now have their own personnel, and are not reliant solely on Coalition personnel to provide explosive support. As the Coalition soldiers prepare to go home, they can travel back to the United States with confidence knowing that they are leaving the citizens of Iraq in good hands.