Archive for April 28th, 2008

Troop Scoop 4/28/2008

Troop Scoop



Posted: 28 Apr 2008 07:26 AM CDT

Dear Interested Readers,
IA Soldiers taking our cue and handing out school supplies to the children; large weapon caches turned in, and many insurgents killed or captured.
Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
APO AE 09342

April 28, 2008

Sons of Iraq turn over weapons cache

FOB KALSU – Members of the SoI turned over a weapons cache to CF south of Baghdad, April 25, consisting of 57 mm projectiles, propane tanks filled with homemade explosives and rockets at the Maskar Bunker Complex in Arab Jabour.
Projectiles like those recovered have been used in the recent past to make pressure-plate IEDs, said Capt. William Lyles, assist. operation officer for 2nd BCT, 3rd ID, Fort Stewart, Ga.
This is the third time this week SoI have turned munitions over to CF at COP Murray, including a 500-pound bomb turned in April 24, said Lyles.
“The SoI have contributed greatly to the improved security in the Arab Jabour area,” Lyles said. “Their tips and intel have led to the arrest of several AQI insurgents. They’re truly doing everything they can to work toward long-term stability in the area.”


Iraqi Army soldiers hand out school supplies to Junior Heroes


An IA soldier hands school supplies to a child, April 23 during an “Operation Junior Hero” mission in the Taji Qada, northwest of Baghdad. The Junior Hero program focuses on keeping children in school and encourages them to become future leaders of Iraq.


Raider Soldiers find cache in Bayaa

BAGHDAD –  April 25, in southern Baghdad, Soldiers from 1st BCT, 4th ID seized various materials used for constructing IEDs and home-made explosives while conducting a cordon and search op within the Bayaa community.
“The Raider Bde continues to conduct daily patrols to apply pressure to the enemy and to provide a safe and secure environment for the Iraqi people,” said Maj. Dave Olson, the spokesman for the 1st BCT. “We remain committed to supporting the Iraqi SF in their fight against terrorism and the Baghdad Security Plan.”


Five criminals killed during MND-B night operations

BAGHDAD – MND-Baghdad AWTs and an UAV killed 5 criminals in separate air-to-ground engagements in the Sadr City district of Baghdad, April 26-27.
At approx. 10 p.m. April 26, the operators of a UAV observed 2 armed criminals who were providing over-watch on a vehicle route, and were believed to be triggermen for an IED.  An MND-B AWT was called into the area and fired a Hellfire missile, killing the 2 criminals.
At approx. 10:30 p.m., MND-B operators of a UAV positively identified 2 armed criminals and engaged them with a hellfire missile, killing both.
At approx. 1 a.m., April 27, the operators of a UAV observed 2 armed criminals who were providing over-watch on a vehicle route, and were believed to be triggermen for an IED.  A MND-B AWT was called into the area and fired a hellfire missile, killing 1.  The second left the scene prior to the AWT engagement.


IA Soldiers detain 17 suspected AQI terrorists in as- Sa’diyah

BAGHDAD – Iraqi Soldiers advised by U.S. SF, detained 17 suspected AQI terrorists in the as-Sa’diyah villages of Sama and Rabia, April 25.
The IA soldiers conducted a cordon and search patrol of the area in order to disrupt terrorist activities.  During the patrol, 17 men believed to be AQI members were detained for questioning.  The patrol also confiscated more than 30SPG-9 rounds, 40 various types of mortars and over 100 mortar fuses.  An anti-tank mine and an IED were also found and destroyed on site.


MND-B UAV kills 2 special group criminals

BAGHDAD – A MND-Baghdad UAV killed 2 special groups criminals at approx. 3:30 p.m., April 26, in the Sadr City district of Baghdad.
The operators of the UAV observed as 2 criminals loaded a PKC machine gun into the trunk of a vehicle at approx. 2:40 p.m.  The UAV operators then watched as 4 criminals unloaded the machine gun, as well as four AK-47 assault rifles, into the trunk of another vehicle.  The UAV followed, then engaged that vehicle with a Hellfire missile, destroying it and killing the 2 occupants.
At approx. 2:30 p.m. Iraqi Soldiers seized a munitions cache of artillery rounds ranging from 82mm to 120mm rounds in western Baghdad.
At approx. 3:20 p.m., IP seized a munitions cache in the West Rashid district of Baghdad. The IP captured blocks of C4 explosives and 107mm rockets.


CAMP PHOENIX, KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – The command of Combined Joint Task Force Phoenix (CJTF-P) was transferred Sunday from the South Carolina National Guard’s 218th Heavy Separate Brigade to the New York National Guard’s 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

Colonel Brian K. Balfe, the incoming commander of CJTF-P VII and the 27th IBCT officially succeeded Brigadier General Robert E. Livingston during a Transfer of Authority Ceremony in Patriot Square, Camp Phoenix in Kabul, Afghanistan.

“Members of the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team are proud Soldiers, with a storied history,” said incoming commander, Colonel Brian Balfe. “We are honored to be here as guests of the government and people of Afghanistan. We believe in our mission. It is a privilege to have been called to perform it,” he said.

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FORT DRUM – Governor David A. Paterson today addressed nearly 1,100 soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division as they prepare in the coming days to deploy to Iraq. The 15-month deployment will be the division headquarters’ first tour in Iraq, having previously deployed to Afghanistan from 2003 to 2004 and most recently from 2006 to 2007.

The 10th Mountain Division headquarters will be responsible for command and control of coalition military forces in south and southeast Baghdad, as well as Karbala, Najaf, Babil and Wasit provinces.

“It is my honor and privilege to send off these brave men and women, whose selfless service is a reminder that the freedom and opportunity we enjoy in America is not the rule throughout human history,” said Governor Paterson. “Neither is it an accident of fate or consequence. Rather, it has only been made possible by the bravery, courage and selflessness of our soldiers – and the quiet heroism of our soldiers’ families.”

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