Archive for May 7th, 2008

Troop Scoop

Posted: 07 May 2008 11:38 AM CDT

Dear Interested Readers,
We are taken along on combat patrols, and you can read how busy and successful US and Iraqi troops are.  Kudos to the 3rd HBCT 3rd ID for their successful deployment, as they get ready to redeploy home.  Many criminals captured or killed, and many weapons caches continue to be recovered every day.

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

May 7, 2008

Iraqi Counter-Terrorism Forces, U.S. SF kill 7 Special Groups criminals in Baghdad

BALAD – During the May 4 op, Iraqi CTF killed a Special Groups criminal who was attacking an IP station and CF with small arms fire from a rooftop.  As the team left the area, they were attacked again by small arms fire from 3 more gunmen. The ICTF returned fire, killing two.
In the al-Shoalah neighborhood in northern Baghdad, the ICTF conducted an op, May 5 to prevent Special Groups activity and disrupt IED networks.  During the op, Special Groups criminals attacked the team with an IED and small arms fire.  As a firefight developed, U.S. SF authorized a Coalition aircraft to engage the enemy, which fired 4 rounds killing an enemy fighter. The ICTF then cleared 2 structures in the area and detained 2 individuals for questioning.  After clearing the 2 structures, they left the neighborhood and were attacked by 3 more gunmen, returned fire, killing all 3.


Weapons cache found in Wardia

FOB HAMMER – Soldiers with 1st Bn, 15th Inf Regt, and 1st Bn, 6th Inf Regt, found the cache through tips from SoI, and Iraqi NP sources.
The cache included Iranian RPGs, RPG launchers, propellant, multiple trip flares, a heavy machine gun, ski masks and ISF uniforms.


MND-B soldiers kill criminals emplacing IED, seize weapons caches

BAGHDAD – May 5, at approx. 5:15 a.m., soldiers with 1st BCT, 4th ID, discovered a weapons cache containing 60 mm mortar rounds, a RPG launcher, a RPG warhead, a light anti-tank weapon, a PKC light machine gun, a RPG fuse and PKC rounds.
At approx. 8 a.m., soldiers with the 2nd BCT, 101st Abn Div, discovered 2 large containers filled
with 7.62 mm rounds while on a combat patrol.
At approx. 10:30 a.m. in the eastern Baghdad neighborhood of Ur, an MND-B patrol was attacked by criminals using small-arms fire. The soldiers returned fire and killed a Special Groups criminal.
At approx. 11:50 a.m., a MND-B patrol received small-arms fire at a JSS in south Sadr City.  An AWT fired 2 Hellfire missiles on the criminals’ position, and engaged with a third missile when the small-arms fire continued. There was no further contact.
At approx. 2:40 p.m. in the eastern Baghdad neighborhood of Jamilla, a UAV observed 2 Special Groups criminals emplacing an IED in the median of the roadway.  An AWT engaged the 2, killing one and wounding the other. The IED was destroyed in the strike.
“The MND-B soldiers represent the best of our nation and are true professionals,” said Col. Allen Batschelet, chief of staff of MND-B and the 4th ID. “They can transition from engaging a hostile enemy to providing assistance to the Iraqi people. They are warriors, peacekeepers and humanitarians.”


MND-B deputy CG tours proposed water distribution site in eastern Baghdad


FOB RUSTAMIYAH – Brig. Gen. Mike Milano (2nd from right), deputy comm. gen. of MND- Baghdad and the 4th ID, tours JSS al-Jadida in Baghdad at a proposed site for water distribution, April 30.

The goal of the proposed future water distribution facility is to help prevent water shortages in an area that has had water-supply problems during summer months.


‘Surge’ Brigade redeploys

BAGHDAD – The 3rd HBCT 3rd IDs ops in Mada’in Qada helped improve the safety and quality of life for approx. 120,000 people living there.  Its contributions over the last 14 months have led to improvements in security and the capture of more than 600 criminals, numerous cache finds, and a remarkably lower number of attacks in the area.
The improvements in security enabled merchants to reopen shops, and the local govt to establish rule of law and employment through programs such as the SoI.
“The 3rd HBCT inherited battle space with a history of sparse security force presence prior to 2004,” said Brig. Gen. Dan Allyn, chief of staff, MNC – Iraq. “Their aggressive efforts in partnership with the Iraqi SF and comprehensive initiatives like the SoI, successfully reduced sectarian violence and attacks against Coalition and Iraqi SF, producing economic growth and restoration of essential services in Mada’in Qada.
The 3rd HBCT is the third of the surge Brigades to redeploy. The remaining 2 brigades will redeploy by the end of July. “The continued drawdown of surge Brigades demonstrates continued progress in Iraq.  After July, commanders will assess our security posture for about 45 days and determine future force requirements based on these conditions-based assessments,” said Allyn.


Iraqi Army stops SVBIED attack against post

TIKRIT – The IA stopped a VBIED attack against the citizens of Mosul at COP Rat, May 3.  An AQI member attempted to detonate the VBIED against COP Rat when he was engaged by the IA. The AQI member was killed, and an IA soldier received minor injuries.


Iraqi Army, Coalition forces capture terrorists

MOSUL – The IA and CF captured 3 terrorists in the Al-Uruba neighborhood of the city of Mosul, May 4.
CF air assets were on station at the time and were able to track the terrorists and pass the info to the Iraqi SF units on the ground.


IA captures two suspected AQI IED cell leaders in separate ops

BALAD – The IA, advised by U.S. SF, detained 2 suspected AQI IED cell leaders in separate ops in Tarmiyah and Judaidah, May 4.
In one op, the IA Div captured an AQI IED cell leader reportedly responsible for attacks on SoI, and CF in Tarmiyah. The area is a historical AQI operating area, approx. 23 miles north of Baghdad.  This cell is also suspected of IED attacks on the main routes in and out of Tarmiyah, as well as producing and delivering IEDs to various insurgent groups.
In a separate op in Judaidah, approx. 132 miles north of Baghdad, Iraqi Soldiers captured another AQI IED cell leader and detained 3 suspected members of his terrorist cell. The group is believed to be involved with IED emplacement and weapons smuggling.


MND-B soldiers detain 15 suspects, seize bomb-making materials

BAGHDAD – While conducting night-time ops in the New Baghdad district of eastern Baghdad, May 5, Soldiers from 4th BCT, 10th Mtn Div detained 15 suspects and seized bomb-making materials as well as a large amount of Iranian currency. Seven of the 15 detainees were held for questioning.


MND-B soldiers target criminals, kill nine

BAGHDAD –    An AWT conducting surveillance identified a group of criminals preparing to launch an indirect-fire attack in Sadr City at approx. 9:50 p.m., May 4, engaged and killed 3 criminals with a Hellfire missile.  A 240 mm rocket rail was also destroyed.
At approx.10:20 p.m., an AWT identified a criminal emplacing an IED in eastern Baghdad, engaged and killed the individual with 30 mm rounds.
Soldiers from 1st Bn, 22nd Inf Regt, 1st BCT, 4th ID, were attacked in southwestern Baghdad with small-arms fire at approx. 11:30 p.m.  An AWT came to the soldiers’ assistance and fired a Hellfire missile and 30 mm rounds at a building where the attack originated. Three criminals were killed, and the attack was halted.
At approx. 1:05 a.m., May 5, soldiers from 1st Bn, 64th AB, 3rd ID, attached to 3rd BCT, 4th ID, were struck with an IED and attacked with small-arms fire from a nearby rooftop in northeastern Baghdad. Soldiers in a M1A2 Abrams tank fired a 120 mm round at the rooftop and killed 2 criminals.  No soldiers were injured in the IED attack and no MND-B vehicles were damaged.


The Marine Corps League of Dutchess County, Carmen Ramputi Det. 861, is sponsoring the Food Fight for Vets walk to help restock the pantry at the Castle Point Veterans Hospital with non-perishable foods for veterans in need.

The walk takes place in Canale Park on Rte 9D in Wappingers Falls on Saturday, May 17th, Armed Forces Day, from 9am to Noon.

Registration Fee is one non-perishable food item.  (Bring more if you can!)

Who: Marine Corps League Dutchess County, Carmen Ramputi Detachment 861

What: Food Fight for Vets walk

Where: Canale Park, Rte 9D, Wappingers Falls


When: Saturday, May 17, 2008, 9am to Noon



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