Troop Scoop 5/3/2008

Troop Scoop

Posted: 03 May 2008 10:00 AM CDT

Dear Interested Readers,
a promising story about rebuilding the infrastructure around Basra, and Iraqis expressing freedom of speech in a peaceful manner.  Special Group’s cmdr. captured in Baghdad, and by showing time frames, you can see how busy our troops are capturing or killing criminals.  Iraqi Special Forces have taken the lead in many of the ops.

Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
APO AE 09342

May 3, 2008

Gulf Region South Coast Corps of Engineers reconstruction of Sadr Teaching hospital

BASRA – The Gulf Region South Coast Corps of Engineers is working on several projects with Iraqi construction firms to rebuild various sites around the city of Basra. The Sadr Teaching hospital is just one of the sites the Corps of Engineers is helping to rebuild for Iraqi infrastructure.  The Shat Al Arab Courthouse is a new construction project in Al Tannumah on the northern side of the river.  The Abo Al Khaseeb Votech Center is well underway, and classes are being held in some of the completed areas. Iraqi workers are putting artistic touches into several exterior areas of the building while making the interior a quality teaching environment.


300 citizens’ demonstration in Tal Afar ends peacefully

TIKRIT – Approx. 300 Iraqi citizens gathered in a pro-Iraqi Security and CF demonstration in Tal Afar, May 1.  The citizens assembled around noon and were also protesting a rumor that the Provincial Governor was planning to possibly replace Mayor Najim. At the conclusion of the demonstration, the citizens dispersed without incident.
“This is an example of freedom of speech at its very best,” said Maj. Peggy Kageleiry, spokesperson for MND-North.


AWT kill criminals, destroys criminal strongholds

BAGHDAD – Sadr City, May 1, at approx. 11:30 a.m., soldiers from the 4th Bn, 64th AR, 3rd BCT, 4th ID were attacked by criminals using small-arms fire, RPGs and sniper fire, while conducting barrier- emplacement ops. An AWT providing overwatch for the op engaged the criminals with a Hellfire missile. One criminal was killed, the rest fled the area.
At approx. 1:45 p.m., as the soldiers continued their barrier-emplacement op, they observed a suspect in a building with a weapon.  An M1A2 Abrams tank crew providing security for the op fired a 120 mm round and killed the criminal.
At approx. 2:30 p.m., soldiers with the 2nd Stryker Cav Regt came under attack by criminals using small-arms and RPG fire from a nearby building.  An AWT fired 2 Hellfire missiles and fixed-wing aircraft dropped 2 precision-guided munitions and destroyed the building, which ended the criminal attacks.  At approx. 5:40 p.m., soldiers from 1-68th CAB were attacked in the same way, with the same results.


Iraqi Special Operations Forces capture Special Groups commander

BALAD – Iraqi SOF, advised by U.S. SF captured a Special Groups cmdr in Baghdad, April 30.
ISOF conducted the op to detain the Special Groups cmdr who has been leading attacks against Iraqi and CF in the area. The man is believed to be a weapons smuggler, and isreported to conduct IED and indirect fire attacks.
During the op, ISOF received small-arms fire from enemy fighters. Two armed individuals were seen running towards ISOF soldiers and were shot and killed.
“The detention of this suspect will likely affect the ability of Special Groups criminals to conduct attacks against Iraqi and CF in the area, and will possibly lead to the detention of additional criminals in the area,” said Col. Bill Buckner, MND-Iraq spokesman.


Iraqi Army, Coalition forces detain 32 suspected terrorists

MOSUL – IA and CF soldiers detained 32 suspected terrorists in a joint op in Mosul, May 1. The cordon and search took place in the Zanjali and Borsa neighborhoods of western Mosul.
“Today’s op highlights the increase capability of the Iraqi SF and their commitment to establishing security,” said Maj. Gary Dangerfield, spokesman for the 3rd ACR.


Iraqi citizens capture criminal responsible for VBIED

BAGHDAD – Iraqi citizens who witnessed a VBIED that killed one MND-Baghdad soldier turned over a criminal to the Iraqi National Police, May 1.  After the blast, Iraqi citizens chased the criminal and made a citizen’s arrest. The criminal was turned over to the Iraqi NP, where he tested positive for explosive compounds. Two other criminals were also apprehended after they were observed and identified watching the area when the blast occurred. They also tested positive for explosives.
“An American soldier paid the ultimate price on behalf of his country, his family and the citizens of Iraq,” said Col. Allen Batschelet, the chief of staff for MND-B and the 4th ID. “We will not relent in our efforts to rid Baghdad of these criminal elements, and today, as many times before, we were aided in that struggle by the people of Iraq. “The citizens of Iraq have repeatedly shown their displeasure for these criminals operating in their neighborhoods and are continuing to assist American forces to rid these criminals off the streets in Baghdad.”


ISF leads CF to 3 caches at abandoned building

BAGHDAD – At approx. 5 a.m., in the Rashid district of southern Baghdad, May 1, Soldiers from Co D, 2nd Sqdrn, 2nd Stryker Cav Regt, attached to the 1st BCT, 4th ID, conducted a joint op with the NP, and began to search inside.
The soldiers seized 10 EFP  IEDs, 26 155mm artillery rounds, more than 100 pounds of homemade explosives, 19 mortar rounds, 47 RPGs, 7 RRG boosters, 7 sticks of TNT, 2 blocks of plastic explosives, 4 claymore mines, a 105mm rocket, a bag of mortar boosters and rounds of loose ammo.
“This is a monumental find,” said Maj. Dave Olson, the spokesman for the 1st BCT. ”  This tremendous action by the Iraqi SF will hamper the activity of the criminals operating in the East Rashid area.


MND-B soldiers kill 8 criminals

BAGHDAD –  In northeastern Baghdad, Soldiers from 3rd BCT, 4th ID, operating a UAV, witnessed 2 armed criminals, including one bearing a rifle on the rooftop of a house at approximately 7:15 p.m., April 30.  Soldiers fired a Hellfire missile from the UAV.  Both criminals were killed, and the weapon was destroyed.
At approx. 7:40 p.m., soldiers from 1st CAB, 68th AR, 3rd BCT, 4th ID, positively identified a Special Groups criminal with an RPK machine gun.  Acting in self-defense, the soldiers returned fire and killed the individual.
Criminal forces continued to attack the soldiers with small-arms fire.  At approx. 8:10 p.m., the soldiers killed another criminal firing upon them and then a third criminal at approx. 8:25 p.m.
At approx. 2 a.m., May 1, an AWT used a Hellfire missile to engage and kill 3 criminals in a vehicle. The criminals were seen earlier in the evening emplacing an IED before fleeing in the vehicle.
“Special Groups are using Sadr City as a haven for their attacks against Iraqi civilians, the Iraqi SF and U.S. soldiers,” said Lt. Col. Steve Stover, spokesman for MND-B and the 4th ID.
“We take every precaution to ensure we positively identify the enemy before engaging.”



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