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Large cache, underground bunker system discovered during

Operation Phantom Phoenix (Esalwid)


Monday, 14 January 2008

Multi-National Corps – Iraq


Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
APO AE 09342

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


RELEASE No. 20080114-04
January 14, 2008

Large cache, underground bunker system discovered during Operation Phantom Phoenix
Multi-National Division – North

TIKRIT, Iraq – Coalition Forces discovered a complex cache site and underground bunker
system inside a dense palm grove Jan. 12 near Esalwid, Iraq, during Operation Raider Harvest
which is a division-level operation that is part of the countrywide Operation Phantom Phoenix.

Soldiers of Company I, 3rd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, found the 70-meter
complex, which included a sleeping building, a building for storing food and a building for
constructing improvised explosive devices, as well as two underground living bunkers.

Located at the site were numerous weapons and explosives, including various munitions, small
arms, more than 10 IED cases, along with numerous other material for making IEDs, and various
ammunitions and military gear.

Coalition Forces also found several log books containing AQI members with their assigned
weapons and a map of IED locations.

A power line leading to the site was traced back to the home of a nearby villager, who was
detained along with five of his military-age-male family members.

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