- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 19, 2006

On Saturday Iraqi special forces and an elite Macedonian Ranger unit apprehended 18 suspected terrorists and captured three weapons caches north of Baghdad. The caches contained rocket-propelled grenades, anti-tank weapons, surface-to-air missiles, anti-aircraft guns and scores of smaller arms and munitions.

The strike, dubbed “Operation Level Sand,” was intended to reduce terrorists’ sanctuary and seize key weapons stockpiles, according to the Multinational Forces Command.

U.S. and Iraqi forces also found a terrain model and two underground tunnels at the site of one of the weapons caches, signs that the cache was a key facility for terrorists before the strike.

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