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August 29, 2006 3:00 AM

More than 3 years into Iraq war, U.S. still disposing of Saddam's stockpiles

When U.S. soldiers invaded Iraq in 2003, they discovered huge ammunition dumps but left many of them unsecured. Today, American explosives experts are still destroying weapons stockpiles hidden around the country, and materials looted from them are still being used for roadside bombs, the No. 1 killer of U.S. troops. About 450,000 tons of captured ammunition mostly artillery, mortar and tank shells have been destroyed so far, according to the Army Corps of Engineers. Even so, the flow of munitions to insurgents hasnt stopped, and coalition forces find new arms caches virtually every week.

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