Soldiers destroy 4 bombs before they go off, BAGHDAD, Iraq, October 23, 2005


During combat operations Oct. 22, Task Force Baghdad Soldiers found and destroyed four bombs before they could detonate and harm Iraqi civilians or Iraqi and U.S. military forces.

The first improvised explosive device, made from two 120-millimeter mortar rounds, was discovered by Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division in east Abu Ghraib in the early-morning hours. An explosive ordnance disposal team destroyed the bomb through controlled-detonation procedures

Another bomb was discovered by 2/22 Inf. in the same area several hours later. It was also destroyed by explosive experts.

About one hour later, Soldiers from 1st Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry, attached to 1st BCT, 10th Mountain Div., and Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 3rd Iraqi Army Brigade discovered a 155-millimeter round in west Abu Ghraib which appeared to be an IED in the preliminary stages of construction. Bomb experts removed the ordnance from the area.

In the early afternoon, 1/11th ACR Soldiers came across a vehicle near the same area of Abu Ghraib which contained two 30-pound propane tanks and five 120-millimeter mortar rounds. After the area was cordoned off and secured, explosive experts destroyed the bomb, which was determined to be a vehicle-carried IED.


By 1/10th Mountain Division PAO