Bill Roggio reporting from Husaybah

Transferring Control: A Quiet Ceremony on the Border

mortarbutt.jpgBill Roggio accompanied the Marines to a search for an IED off a tip. Nothing found.

The squad returned to Battle Position Beirut to pick up the rest of the company. They were heading to Battle Position Hue City to provide security for a ceremony to turn over control of the western border to the Iraqi Security Forces . On the way to Hue, 1st Platoon encountered a possible IED. Buried in the ground, tail up, was a mortar round. An Explosive Ordnance Disposal team was called in to destroy the device. The round was not rigged to explode. “Lots of times the locals find rounds and bury them in clear view so we can find them”, said Corporal Gauls.

More pics at Threats Watch. Go read the whole thing.