Documents: Arms caches seized in Iraq, October through December 2007
Source: U.S. Department of Defense
Notes: In response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request submitted by Small Arms Survey, US Central Command (CENTCOM) released database records on more than 2000 arms caches discovered in Iraq in a 3-month period from October to December 2007. The records include information on the seized items, the date and location of the seizure, and the circumstances surrounding the seizure. CENTCOM also provided several storyboards containing photos and more extensive summaries of some of the seizures.
– establish a baseline of illicit weapons in a particular region,
– track the evolution of insurgent arsenals over time,
– analyze storage patterns and concealment methods,
– document potential violations of arms embargoes, and
– identify (or corroborate identification of) specific models of weapons and ammunition.
Small Arms Survey has obtained hundreds of additional pages of documents on arms caches, many of which have been posted on this site.
Below are links to the database records and the accompanying storyboards. For more information on illicit weapons in Iraq, see Surveying the Battlefield: Illicit Arms in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Somalia.
1) October 1-15
1) Mansour, 2 October 2007. Large cache found in an abandoned house by Iraqi National Police. Items included artillery rounds, mortar rounds, RPG rockets and launchers, machine guns, rifles, grenades, mines, body armor and various IED components (washing machine timers, ball bearings, ‘walkie talkie IED detonators,’ etc).
2) Ghazaliyah, 4 October 2007. Acting on a tip from a local citizen, coalition forces found explosively formed penetrators (EFPs), IED components, an RPG and launcher, Iraqi police body armor, and other items.