Combined Ops

Friday, February 04, 2005

Golly, What Did Saddam Spend All that Money On?

More dirt digging reveals a huge cache of more weaponshere. When I was over there after ODS, the Army EOD guys had videos of the huge caches they were blowing up then. Saddam must have spent a huge amount on just acquiring more conventional weapons.
After several weeks of collecting and destroying weapons caches in the Latifiyah area of north Babil, Task Force 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment of the 1st Cavalry Division, got a tip about a cache in the desert.

What they found buried in man-made desert berms was a series of caches that resulted in the destruction of over 300 artillery rounds, hundreds of thousands of rounds of ammunition, over 100 grenade rounds and an assortment of other munitions and armaments including surface-to-air rockets, surface-to-surface rockets and missiles, and improvised explosive devices.



Army caption: U.S. Army Sgt. Samuel Jones, a Task Force 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment signal systems support specialist, who works as a radio operator with the task force’s attached Estonian platoon, stands near an unearthed cache of Frog-7b rocket warheads during the first day of Operation Big Dig in the Latifiyah desert, Jan. 23, 2005. The surface-to-surface warheads contain 1000 kg of high explosives. At the end of the first four days of the operation, the task force had found nine Frog-7b warheads and 11 Cobra surface-to-surface missiles. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Andy Miller

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