Troop Scoop 5/4/2008

Troop Scoop

Posted: 04 May 2008 10:52 AM CDT

Dear Interested Readers,
Needed medical supplies delivered to Basra hospital, and police cadets cheer at the opening of a new training academy.  Many criminals captured or killed, and many more weapons caches turned in thanks in part to the courage and determination of the Iraqi people.
Joanna
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Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
APO AE 09342

May 4, 2008

Iraqi Army recovers cache in Abu Hamid

CAMP STRIKER – Iraqi Soldiers found a cache of multiple mortar rounds near Abu Hamid, about 30 kilometers southwest of Baghdad, May 1.
Acting on a tip, the soldiers found a cache in 2 different holes that consisted of over 40 mortar rounds, a 120 mm artillery round, 12 boosters, a canister of TNT and various illumination round components.

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MND-B soldiers kill criminals, protect the Iraqi people

BAGHDAD – MND-Baghdad soldiers and their Iraqi SF partners engaged criminal elements, May 2 in the Sadr City district of Baghdad, as they continue to provide security for the law-abiding people of Iraq.
At approx. 7:20 a.m., MND-B soldiers observed a criminal on a rooftop with an AK-47 and killed him.
At approx. 12:30 p.m., an AWT engaged a house adjacent to the Ubaydi neighborhood, with a Hellfire missile after an EFP triggerman was identified, and killed him.  Afterward, the 2 EFPs, that he was the triggerman for were recovered.
At approx. 12:45 p.m., MND-B Soldiers, in the same area, engaged a group of heavily-armed criminals after they fled into a house. An M1A1 Abrams tank engaged the criminals with one round from its main gun. They reengaged the criminals after IA soldiers reported being attacked by small-arms fire from the same house again. Three criminals were killed.  An AWT then engaged the house with 30 mm guns and a Hellfire missile, and the attacks ceased.
At approx. 3 p.m. an MND-B Soldier killed a criminal who was carrying an illegal weapon commonly used by snipers.
At approx. 5:20 p.m., a fixed-wing aircraft used precision-guided munitions and killed 2 criminals and destroyed a mortar tube.

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Medical supply delivered to Basra hospital

BASRA – Iraqi Soldiers made a delivery to the people of Basra, May 1 that is intended to help the health care system in the city.  A truckload of medical supplies was delivered with assistance from Soldiers with the 82nd Abn Div.
The GoI is making every effort to provide services to the citizens of Basra and ensure their daily lives move on. The success of Op Charge of the Knights has rooted out criminal elements from the city, and now the govt is stepping up basic services to the population.

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ISF capture criminal bomb-makers

BAGHDAD – Iraqi SF responded to an explosion at approx. 1:15 p.m. in West Rashid, May 2.
Iraqi NP and IA soldiers found one criminal dead, another wounded and their vehicle destroyed. The ISF quickly took control and secured the area, which led to the arrest of 3 more criminals.
An EOD team determined the blast was the result of a premature detonation of approx. 40 pounds of explosives, with ball bearings, in a suicide vest or IED.
A MND-Baghdad patrol came across a dead body in the road next to a blast crater west of Abu Ghraib at approx. 10:40 p.m., May 1.  Initial reports indicate the suspected criminal was emplacing an IED when it inadvertently detonated.
“The Iraqi SF are considerably more capable than when the 4th ID was last here in 2006,” said Lt. Col. Steve Stover, MND-B and the 4th ID spokesman.  “They are conducting independent ops and responding to enemy activity with decisive action.”

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Iraqi Police academy opens in Diyala Province

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Diyala Provincial Director of Police Staff Maj. Gen. al Qarayshi was joined by Brig. Gen. James Boozer and Brig. Gen. David Phillips to celebrate the opening of the IP Regional Training Center in Ashraf, Diyala Province, May 1.

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Iraqi Police cadets in training celebrate the establishment of the new Training Center.

TIKRIT – CF built the interim facility in order to make possible the immediate training of thousands of IP and to help place additional police forces throughout communities in Diyala.
“We would like to thank CF for helping stand up this academy,” said Staff Maj. Gen. al Qarayshi.
The facility is a sign of cross provincial cooperation as weapons and equipment for training were obtained from Salah ad Din Provincial Police leadership to assist in the professional training the students will receive.  The Iraqi Ministry of Interior also provided material and equipment to make the training as effective as possible.
“What we witnessed here today was direct cooperation between the Ministry of Interior and the Provincial Director of Police,” said Brig. Gen. James Boozer, “Under al Qarayshi I know they will succeed.”
The first class is scheduled to graduate May 15 with an estimated 500 new IP reporting for duty.

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MND-B, ISF find several weapons caches thanks to precision raids, Iraqi citizens

BAGHDAD – May 1, at approx. 8:40 a.m. in southern Baghdad, Soldiers from 1st Bn, 22nd Inf Regt, 1st BCT, 4th ID, seized 2 Dragonov sniper rifles, an EFP IED, and an MP-5 machine gun from the back of a vehicle.
At approx. 12:30 p.m., Soldiers with 1st Bn, 27th Inf Regt, 2nd Stryker BCT, 25th ID, discovered a weapons cache west of Baghdad, hidden in a field that contained a bag of unknown explosives, 2 122 mm mortar rounds, 120 rocket boosters, 544 anti-tank rounds, 7 Russian made rockets of various sizes, 100 .50-caliber rounds, a box of miscellaneous IED-making materials, 2 command detonation wires, 100 blasting caps, detonation cord and 4 unknown rocket caps.
At approx. 8:45 a.m., April 30, MND-B Soldiers acted on tips from local citizens within the Rashid district of southern Baghdad and seized various weapons and munitions.

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Iraqi, Coalition Soldiers Distribute Food, Toys to Families in Need

By Sgt. Daniel T. West, 3rd Infantry Division Public Affairs Office

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Staff Sgt. Joseph Marcy, of the 511th MP Co., shares a moment with Iraqi children after a food distribution mission, April 30.

FOB DELTA — Iraqi SF and American Soldiers recently gave humanitarian assistance to more than 200 families in the Zuwarijat district of al-Kut, 163 kilometers southeast of Baghdad, as part of Op Thunder II.
The humanitarian mission furthered the operation’s goal of establishing a permanent ISF presence in the area.
“During Op Thunder II, ISF occupied 3 buildings to serve as temporary JSS until a permanent facility is built,” said Col. Peter Baker, cmdr of the 214th Fires Brigade.
Zuwarijat, like the Sadr area of Baghdad, was used by Saddam Hussein as a place for people he considered undesirable, said Capt. Adnan, of the IP.  The standard of living is very low.  The ISF moved into the area to show residents of Zuwarijat the strength of the SF and give them the opportunity to support ISF in finding criminals, Adnan said.
“The IA led the mission, with the support of IP and assistance in planning from American forces.”  Baker said the missions were a good example of ISF growth.  “They are more skilled and better with planning.  It’s a tremendous growth in capacity in a short time.”

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