|TALL AFAR, Iraq, Oct. 19, 2005 — U.S. Army paratroopers from Company B, 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, and Company B, 307th Engineer Battalion, 82nd Airborne Division, uncovered a cache of weapons during a raid on a house here, Oct. 18.
The combined unit unearthed seven assault rifles, one medium machine gun, six hand grenades, three anti-aircraft rounds modified for use as hand grenades, seven ammunition vests, over 2,500 rounds of ammunition, 30 magazines and materials thought to be used to make improvised explosive devices.
| "Look at all the stuff that we found, how many lives we probably saved."
U.S. Army Pfc. Valentino R. Cuellar
Working off of a tip from a local resident, the paratroopers searched the house Oct. 17 in an effort to uncover any weapons there.
Three assault rifles and two ammunition vests were found during the initial search, said U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jason R. Gillis, an infantryman with Company B, 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment.
The informant who gave the unit the tip approached the paratroopers a second time to tell them that he believed there were still more weapons inside the house, Gillis, a native of Goldsboro, N.C., said.
Again following the lead from the informant, the troopers returned to the house Oct. 18 armed with a metal detector and digging tools.
Once in the target room, the unit's metal detector didn't find anything beneath the stone lined floor, said U.S. Army Spc. Christopher L. Sharp, a combat engineer, with Company B, 307th Engineer Battalion.