Coalition Forces Work With Iraqi Security Soldiers
Iraqi security forces have worked with Coalition soldiers in the last 10 days to seize a number of larger explosive weapons caches in the Western Al Anbar Province. Iraqi soldiers and Iraqi Army troops have uncovered a total of 80 different weapons caches in the last week, and in several of the cases, there were large amounts of unexploded IED Devices.
The total amount of explosives found by Iraqi Security Forces and turned over to Coalition troops has been impressive, it is estimated that over 60 tons of weapons total have been discovered, and it is not known what has led directly to the increased rate of discovery. In the most recent find, two insurgents were killed and a total of 13 suspected terrorists were captured and held for questioning. The overall tempo of operations has been intense, it is obvious that the Iraqi Security Forces have grown and become a lot more professional in their outlook and methods.
In the region near Halasba, 9 different caches were discovered on Wednesday, and a large amount of components for IED devices were turned over to EOD explosive coalition soldiers for destruction. The overall attitude of the community toward security forces have also changed. Where the attitude previously have been cautious, there is a much more attitude of openness toward security forces, both Iraqi and Coalition soldiers.