Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

FIVE-HUNDRED-AND-EIGHTY ROCKETS CONFISCATED
CENTCOM ^ | Dec. 29, 2003

Posted on 12/29/2003 6:13:24 AM PST by Ragtime Cowgirl

CENTCOM
NEWS RELEASE
HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND
7115 South Boundary Boulevard
MacDill AFB, Fla. 33621-5101
Phone: (813) 827-5894; FAX: (813) 827-2211; DSN 651-5894
 

December 29, 2003
Release Number: 03-12-71


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


FIVE-HUNDRED-AND-EIGHTY ROCKETS CONFISCATED

TIKRIT, Iraq – An Iraqi citizen provided information to U.S. Air Force airmen concerning a large weapons cache that he said consisted of close to six hundred rockets. The Air Force in turn asked the U.S. Army for assistance. Air Force personnel and a patrol from 1st Battalion, 68th Armor Regiment went to the identified site in the evening of Dec. 27 to investigate.

The intelligence acquired suggested the rockets could be found hidden in some undergrowth along the river next to a tree line. After a short search, the soldiers and airmen found a berm near a tree line that was approximately 35-feet long and four feet high. Buried in the berm, covered with plastic and dirt, they found 580 57-millimeter rockets. The unit secured the perimeter of the site and coordinated with an explosive ordinance disposal team for the destruction of the weapons.

The soldiers secured the position overnight until an explosive ordinance disposal team could destroy the rockets.



TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: american; centcom; champions; cjtf7; coalition; freedom; gnfi; goodguys; iraq; military; peacemakers; terrorism
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-54 next last

1 posted on 12/29/2003 6:13:24 AM PST by Ragtime Cowgirl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Ragtime Cowgirl
So do these fit the criteria for WMDs? Or are they too small?
2 posted on 12/29/2003 6:16:41 AM PST by Drawsing
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Seems to me with an objective media this huge find with Iraqi assistance might at least merit a mention. [sigh]

But fortunately our outstanding uniformed servicemembers press on with or without the help of the media. And God bless 'em for it!

3 posted on 12/29/2003 6:16:58 AM PST by Coop (God bless our troops!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Bump!

Great find!
4 posted on 12/29/2003 6:18:52 AM PST by The Mayor (You don't need to know where you're going if you let God do the leading)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Drawsing
57mm diameter missiles are small but still deadly. Anti-tank and anti-personnel. Probably what the roaches have been firing at hotels and Humvees as well.
5 posted on 12/29/2003 6:19:51 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (No words were harmed during the production of this tagline.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: MJY1288; Calpernia; Grampa Dave; anniegetyourgun; Ernest_at_the_Beach; BOBTHENAILER; ...
TIKRIT, Iraq – An Iraqi citizen provided information to U.S. Air Force airmen concerning a large weapons cache that he said consisted of close to six hundred rockets.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Ping for our EOD guys!

More on Saddam's hometown since Saddam's capture:
8 US sees tide turn on Iraq insurgents ~ Christian Science Monitor  | 12/29/03 | Dan Murphy
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

If you want on or off my Pro-Coalition ping list, please Freepmail me. Warning: it is a high volume ping list on good days. (Most days are good days).

6 posted on 12/29/2003 6:20:50 AM PST by Ragtime Cowgirl ( "Our military is full of the finest people on the face of the earth." ~ Pres. Bush, Baghdad)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Coop
I heard this on FNC sunday or late saturday.
7 posted on 12/29/2003 6:20:58 AM PST by eastforker (Money is the key to justice,just ask any lawyer.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Ragtime Cowgirl
What drives me crazy is the lefty, Bush-hating, anti-war nutjobs have been screaming, "Where are the WMDs?!" while these 580 missiles have just been found eight months after Baghdad's fall.

They don't understand that this is going to take time.

Personally, I think they don't WANT us to find the WMDs. NOT for the safety of the world, but for the safety of their reputations.

Delusional sickos....




BTW, You ROCK, R.C.!

8 posted on 12/29/2003 6:27:26 AM PST by RandallFlagg ("There are worse things than crucifixion...There are teeth.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Bump!
9 posted on 12/29/2003 6:28:04 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Drawsing
Those are generally the type of rockets that would be fired from the pod of a helo at lightly armored vehicles and ground troops.
10 posted on 12/29/2003 6:40:01 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Even if the government took all your earnings, you wouldn’t be, in its eyes, a slave.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Bumping more good news from Iraq that ABCNNBC BS will ignore and spike.

Of course the NY Slimes and its minions, the DNC, will ignore this good news.

The nine drawfs and the Hildebea$t will ignore this good news.
11 posted on 12/29/2003 6:40:25 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Kaddaffi, "I will do whatever the Americans want because I saw what happened in Iraq. ")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Ragtime Cowgirl
YeeeeeeHaaaaaaw!
12 posted on 12/29/2003 6:42:56 AM PST by PGalt
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Ragtime Cowgirl
YES! Fireworks for the new year!
13 posted on 12/29/2003 6:55:09 AM PST by hoosiermama (Prayers for all!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Conspiracy Guy
57mm diameter missiles are small but still deadly. Anti-tank and anti-personnel. Probably what the roaches have been firing at hotels and Humvees as well.

I wonder if these weren't recoilless rifle rounds .
14 posted on 12/29/2003 7:02:42 AM PST by gatorbait (Yesterday, today and tomorrow......The United States Army)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: gatorbait
Could be! Not enough info to be sure.
15 posted on 12/29/2003 7:09:27 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (No words were harmed during the production of this tagline.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: Conspiracy Guy
Could be! Not enough info to be sure.
I don't recall the calibre/size of a B42 rocket.. to bad we don't have a pic of these things .
16 posted on 12/29/2003 7:18:04 AM PST by gatorbait (Yesterday, today and tomorrow......The United States Army)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: gatorbait; Conspiracy Guy
Just Googling around, it seems to be a standard air-ground rocket size in the Soviet inventory. On helicopters (Hip, Hind) and fixed-wing ground-attack. I couldn't find a picture, but I imagine similar to our 2.75".

http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/sys/missile/hydra-dvic436.jpg

Not much use for anything but harassing terror attacks.
Great to get them off the street.
17 posted on 12/29/2003 7:18:47 AM PST by FreedomPoster (this space intentionally blank)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: FreedomPoster
Thanks, that's a great help..
:-)
Dave
18 posted on 12/29/2003 7:20:49 AM PST by gatorbait (Yesterday, today and tomorrow......The United States Army)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Is that a Rocket in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?
19 posted on 12/29/2003 7:20:58 AM PST by OXENinFLA (And would someone get these Tribbles off the bridge.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Ragtime Cowgirl
The Kerry capaing just issued a statement condemning the Buish administration for failign to find the other 20 rockets, and thus not sufficiently protecting the troops..
20 posted on 12/29/2003 7:23:34 AM PST by ken5050
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Conspiracy Guy
Several aircraft use 57mm rockets in pods.

Examples:

MI-2 (Hoplite)
MI-24 (Hind)
MIG-21
MIG-23
MIG-29

21 posted on 12/29/2003 7:28:35 AM PST by ASA Vet (Having achieved Nibbana, what can I do next?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Please put me on your "ping" list~~~~~~~~Thanks.
22 posted on 12/29/2003 7:29:27 AM PST by mickie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Here's a site where it looks like you could purchase these kinds of things:

http://www.petesrockets.co.uk/kits/vb.html

I hope they have some controls on who might be able to get them.

23 posted on 12/29/2003 7:34:04 AM PST by leadpenny
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Ragtime Cowgirl
I hope they checked them for the usual "Made in France" stamps!!
24 posted on 12/29/2003 7:44:59 AM PST by SpinyNorman
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: FreedomPoster
Thought they may be pod rockets.
25 posted on 12/29/2003 7:46:02 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (No words were harmed during the production of this tagline.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: gatorbait
We always need pictures.
26 posted on 12/29/2003 7:46:34 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (No words were harmed during the production of this tagline.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: ASA Vet
Felt 57 mm were probably pod rockets. Unguided but still good for blowing stuff up. Glad we got them. Can be fired from piece of pipe with car battery or less probably.
27 posted on 12/29/2003 7:49:17 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (No words were harmed during the production of this tagline.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: Conspiracy Guy
Click on the photo for larger version.


28 posted on 12/29/2003 7:50:50 AM PST by ASA Vet (Having achieved Nibbana, what can I do next?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Ragtime Cowgirl
Did you see the young soldier on Fox and Friends this morning? He has been injured, and is back in the states due to his injury. He wants to go back to Iraq, and talked about the wrong impressions left by the media. He has a website. I don't remember his fist name, but his last was Nally.
29 posted on 12/29/2003 7:52:39 AM PST by mathluv
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Ragtime Cowgirl
The soldiers secured the position overnight until an explosive ordinance disposal team could destroy the rockets.

Definitely good news, however, I must ask - Do they really have bureaucrat paperpushers disposing of dangerous munitions?

ordinance - An authoritative rule; an order, decree, or law of a municipal body.

ordnance - Military weapons, ammunition, and associated equipment and materiel.

30 posted on 12/29/2003 8:06:44 AM PST by pa_dweller (Notice: Tagline temporarily out of service)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ASA Vet
Doesn't look to be particularly well cared for.
31 posted on 12/29/2003 8:10:46 AM PST by fso301
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: fso301
That photo was actually taken in Afragistan not Irag, but
rags generally care for their toys this way.
32 posted on 12/29/2003 8:16:42 AM PST by ASA Vet (Having achieved Nibbana, what can I do next?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: ASA Vet
That doesn't look like a berm ; )
33 posted on 12/29/2003 8:20:32 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (No words were harmed during the production of this tagline.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: mathluv
Found this website for a Casey Nally, I think he is soldier you mentioned: http://www.caseynally.com/
34 posted on 12/29/2003 8:22:10 AM PST by Quilla
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: Quilla
Thank you!!!
35 posted on 12/29/2003 8:24:43 AM PST by mathluv
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: Conspiracy Guy
I don't think it's a BMW either. ;-)
36 posted on 12/29/2003 8:25:23 AM PST by ASA Vet (Having achieved Nibbana, what can I do next?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

To: ASA Vet
That photo was actually taken in Afragistan not Iraq

Can't be Afragistan. I see some patches of green grass there.

37 posted on 12/29/2003 8:27:08 AM PST by Swanks
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

To: ASA Vet
Looks like a redneck camper as we call em here in Ahwahbahmah. : )
38 posted on 12/29/2003 8:39:52 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (No words were harmed during the production of this tagline.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: Swanks
That green grass was brought in by American soldiers, as part of our effort to calm them down.

The color green has been shown to be soothing.

39 posted on 12/29/2003 8:40:09 AM PST by ASA Vet (Having achieved Nibbana, what can I do next?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 37 | View Replies]

To: Conspiracy Guy
Wouldn't a redneck camper have more weaponry?
40 posted on 12/29/2003 8:41:45 AM PST by ASA Vet (Having achieved Nibbana, what can I do next?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 38 | View Replies]

To: Ragtime Cowgirl

FIVE-HUNDRED-AND-EIGHTY ROCKETS CONFISCATED ~ Bump!


Be Well ~ Be Armed ~ Be Safe ~ Molon Labe!
41 posted on 12/29/2003 8:45:49 AM PST by blackie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Conspiracy Guy
I guy could have a hellova 4th of July with that stuff.
42 posted on 12/29/2003 8:47:15 AM PST by oyez (Incredible!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 38 | View Replies]

To: ASA Vet
That one is definitely on the way back from the hunting club and not on the way to.
43 posted on 12/29/2003 8:48:57 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (No words were harmed during the production of this tagline.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 40 | View Replies]

To: oyez
That's enough to start the show but I don't see the grand finale stuff in there!
44 posted on 12/29/2003 8:49:54 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (No words were harmed during the production of this tagline.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 42 | View Replies]

To: Conspiracy Guy; All
Yep. According to the media, Saddam was Prince Charming.

In other news, Coalition Forces , working with heavy duty construction equipment, are destroying 100 tons a day of munitions.

100 TONS A DAY.

And we just keep finding more.

45 posted on 12/29/2003 9:38:06 AM PST by UCANSEE2 ("Duty is ours, Results are God's" --John Quincy Adams)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 44 | View Replies]

To: Drawsing
these are conventional explosive munitions.
46 posted on 12/29/2003 9:47:42 AM PST by King Prout (oh, finding your "core values" in the latest poll, are you, Mr. Dean?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Ragtime Cowgirl; Atlantic Friend
Good find.AL..If you want to keep up with good news from Iraq,along with the bad,go to Ragtime Cowgirl's posts.
47 posted on 12/29/2003 9:47:53 AM PST by MEG33 (We Got Him!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 45 | View Replies]

To: Atlantic Friend
Correction..AF!
48 posted on 12/29/2003 9:49:11 AM PST by MEG33 (We Got Him!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 47 | View Replies]

To: Huck
We didn't have evidence of these until someone told us and we dug them up.
49 posted on 12/29/2003 9:51:32 AM PST by MEG33 (We Got Him!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 48 | View Replies]

To: UCANSEE2
We ought to be ashamed. All that stuff and we're just breaking it ; )
50 posted on 12/29/2003 9:59:03 AM PST by Conspiracy Guy (No words were harmed during the production of this tagline.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 45 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-54 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson