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Marines Find Well-Stocked Insurgent Bunker

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Marines Find Well-Stocked Insurgent Bunker

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Marines Find Well-Stocked Insurgent Bunker

Marines Find Well-Stocked Insurgent Bunker

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Hundreds of mortar rounds in a trench await destruction in a controlled detonation. The military reported finding 41 weapons caches from May 30 to June 3. Dept. of Defense hide caption

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Hundreds of mortar rounds in a trench await destruction in a controlled detonation. The military reported finding 41 weapons caches from May 30 to June 3.

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Confiscated weapons, ammunition and explosives are destroyed following sweeps of weapons caches in Al Anbar Province. Dept. of Defense hide caption

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U.S. Marines find what they call an "insurgent lair" 50 miles west of Baghdad. Fully furnished, it had a kitchen with fresh food, showers and a working air conditioner. Other rooms were filled with weapons and ammunition.

Members of the 2nd Marine Division, on patrol with Iraqi soldiers were investigating an old building when they found a secret entrance to the underground facility, which had been cut out of a rock quarry.

Photos released by the military reveal a bunker complex that includes living quarters; in addition to heavy weapons and ammunition, cell phones, chargers and video cameras were found.

Officials say the bunker was likely built under Saddam Hussein's rule, and had apparently been recently used by insurgent fighters, despite being empty when discovered.

Also in Iraq, one of the judges in the tribunal set to try Hussein predicts that the panel will hand down 12 indictments of the deposed leader sometime in the next two months.