Skip to comments.‘Falcon Sweep’ nets huge weapons cache
Posted on 01/13/2006 5:46:20 PM PST by SandRat
BAGHDAD (Army News Service, Jan. 13, 2006) While conducting an air-insertion mission into the village of Shakaria, Iraq, Task Force Ironhorse Soldiers killed several insurgents, detained one and discovered a significant weapons cache Jan. 11.
As part of Operation Falcon Sweep, Black Hawk helicopters landed near Shakaria Wednesday morning and Soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment swept the village to identify terrorists.
The 2-502nd Soldiers received small arms and indirect fire from insurgent forces at approximately 10:45 a.m. The Soldiers returned fire, killing six terrorists and wounding one other.
Following the firefight, Soldiers discovered two dead insurgents wearing suicide vests, strapped with explosives.
Soldiers found a weapons cache hidden in a shack. The enormous weapons and equipment find consisted of: components to make 15 pressure-plate improvised explosive devices, two 130mm mortar rounds, one 122mm mortar round, one directional-charge IED, more than 60 electronic detonation devices, 1,500 blasting caps, 50 feet of detonation cord, two packages of plastic explosives, four grenades, 200 feet of electrical wire, one 12-volt battery, 400 pounds of homemade explosives, one sniper rifle, four AK-47s and 20 AK-47 magazines. The weapons cache was destroyed by a explosive ordinance disposal team.
2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment PING
I like to hear stories like this.
Every weapon and explosive we take off the street is one less that can be used against our troops and the people of Iraq.
While this is very good news...to me..i find the use
of the descrptive "huge", to be a little over the top.
While it is a significant amount, when someone uses
the word "huge" in relation to an arms cache or depot.
I think of unopened crates of weapons and explosives.
I think of quatitities that require large trucks to haul.
I get sort of disappointed when they say this, and it turns out to be no more would supply a small unit. That a small unit could carry away on their backs in a night.
Perhaps it's a matter of perspective..and i am glad that none of our troops will have these weapons used against them. But i'd be a lot happier if they found a cache so big that they had to stay and guard it until a convoy of Ordinance disposal personell showed up to haul it away.
Then again, i guess that it could be seen as a good sign, that they don't have such large caches any more.
We are destined for complete and total failure in Iraq.
Total mistake to get involved in the first place.
Our only hope is to appease the almighty Allah-bullshit dude.
We are doomed....to a porkless existence.
Sorry, I'm not getting a buzz off of this "significant" and "enormous" weapons cache. Iraq started off with hundreds of thousands of tons, if not more, of munitions.
Hopefully, we locked down as much of that stuff as possible. We just aren't going to get anywhere recovering 10 of these and 20 of those. That strikes me as trying too hard for good news. In fact, it's pitiful.
I like to hear about decreasing numbers of attacks on our forces with , hopefully, no casualties. Or better, massive activity by the Iraqi Army. They can fight. Now they need to receive fuel, parts, and ammunition from a working supply train.
Sorry to sound like such a downer!
Actually, it's my understanding that the authors of an article like this almost never write the headline for the story. The author doesn't say that find was "huge" -- only the headline writer does.
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