Large Cache Found By Troops Near Lutifiyah
The Iraqi Army has worked hard to keep the security situation in Lutifiyah safe. There have been several difference missions and one explosive clearance missions that have gone off without a hitch. US soldiers were called in to take possession of a large weapons cache located in three separate locations on August 7th.
The weapons included rocket propelled grenades, two RPG motors, several mortar tubes and mortar rounds, and 26 different 81 mm rounds. There were also 25 grenades.
The weapons caches were rigged with timers and detonation cords, and included anti tank mines and a homemade claymore mine.
There were several improvised explosive devices, and they also were rigged for explosion. Any person attempting to try to disturb the caches would have blown themselves up.
In addition to the personnel that were detained and arrested by the Coalition, the Iraqi Army also detained and arrested 7 suspects that they found thought to be insurgents.
Many different soldiers examined the explosives, and a unit of EOD specialists was called in to diffuse the weapons. They did so successfully, and then the remaining explosive were then taken to a central location and destroyed.
This was part of an overall clearing mission in the Mehdi village region, and seen as a success by both the Iraqi Security Forces and the Coalition.