Since the Iraqi Army moved into Sadr City on May 20 after a negotiated cease-fire with the Sadrist movement, policemen and soldiers have seized 94 weapons caches of varying sizes and composition. Weapons seized include the deadly explosively formed projectile roadside bombs, explosives, mortars, land mines, rockets, anti-aircraft rockets, rocket propelled grenades, hand grenades, mortar tubes, rocket launchers, AK-47s, sniper rifles, ammunition, and other bomb making materials and weapons. Many of these caches have been found based on tips from residents in Sadr City. Some of the caches were stored in mosques, schools, and hospitals.
Multinational Forces Iraq believes the weapons cache finds have put a significant dent in the Mahdi Army’s capabilities inside Sadr City during the past two weeks. Seventy -six EFPs and 175 other roadside bombs have been seized and destroyed. These devices are classified as medium or heavy weapons. Any attempts to resupply these losses in the future may expose the Mahdi Army’s smuggling networks, the military said.