Troop Scoop 5/13/2008

Troop Scoop

Posted: 13 May 2008 05:18 PM CDT

Dear Interested Readers,
There’s a tremendous success story by our 74th Engineering Co.  They’ve completed work on a Mabey-Johnson float bridge.  Working alongside Iraqi engineers will help train other Iraqi engineers in this type of bridge building.  A mid-level terrorist captured as well as other criminals captured or killed.  Large weapons caches uncovered every day.
Joanna
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Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
APO AE 09342

May 13, 2008

Coalition Soldiers find weapons cache

FOB KALSU – Near Maderiyah, May 9, on a joint mission with the Iraqi Army, a tip from an area citizen led Soldiers from Btry B, 1st Bn, 9th FA, 2nd BCT, 3rd ID, to the home where 2 suspected weapons dealers were staying. They gave the location of 4 separate weapons caches during questioning, containing 16 57 mm rockets in their original packaging, an operational 23 mm anti-aircraft gun, 2 PKC machine guns in excellent condition, 2 operational AK-47 rifles, a RPG round, 3 full AK-47 magazines, 800 AK-47 rounds, 1,000 PKC rounds, 9 ammo vests and 4 ski masks.
“Although most of the AQI leadership was detained, killed or fled the area late last year, men who helped AQI and some of their lower-level fighters have blended back into the local population,” Aaron said. “They maintain the caches because they are prepared to fight U.S. and IA forces if AQI leaders return.”  Aaron said the IA played a major role in taking the weapons out of the hands of enemy fighters. “They … have a gifted ability to obtain info by understanding the people,” he said. “We have worked hard to ensure citizens in the area trust the IA and are willing to work with both them and U.S. forces.”

Joanna08

Capt. Richard Aaron, and Capt. Nazir, Iraqi cmdr., inspect weapons cache.

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IP, CF detain 2 in Mussayib area off local tips

FOB KALSU –  “I have never felt more confident heading into a detainment op than this,” said 1st Lt. Zachary Boes, a plt leader with 4th BCT, 3rd ID. “We were sure that the targets were at their locations because we had informants keeping eyes on them until we got there.”
Boes said the mission, May 6, was a success because of the local citizens’ actions to inform the ISF and CF in the area. “If it had not been for them, it is possible these suspects would still be on the streets.”

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Iraqi Special Operations Forces detain terrorist in Mosul

BAGHDAD – Iraqi SOF, advised by U.S. SF, detained a terrorist wanted for murder in Mosul, May 11.
ISOF conducted the operation to detain the suspect who is a mid-level leader for Islamic State of Iraq, a front organization for AQI.  The man is suspected of murdering 4 women and an IP Brigadier General.  He is also the group’s spokesperson and is reported to use his influence to spread terrorist propaganda and recruit for ISI.

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MND-B Soldiers seize munitions, detain criminals

BAGHDAD – MND-Baghdad Soldiers detained 5 criminals and 13 suspected criminals in separate events in the West Rashid and Kadhamiyah districts of Baghdad, May 11.
At approx. 7 a.m., Soldiers with the 2nd BCT, 101st Abn Div, detained a known criminal and 6 other suspected criminals while conducting a population engagement op in Kadhamiyah.
At approx. 7:45 a.m., Soldiers with the 1st BCT, 4th ID, detained a suspect and 3 others during Op Tusker Chamberlain in West Rashid.
At approx. 8:00 a.m., MND-B Soldiers detained another suspect and 3 others  allegedly involved in planning IED attacks.
At approx. 11:20 a.m., Soldiers with the 2nd Stryker BCT, 25th ID, seized a munitions cache, west of Baghdad, consisting of a 55-gallon drum filled with more than 300 pounds of homemade explosives.
At approx. 11:50 a.m., Soldiers from the 2nd BCT, 101st Abn Div detained a person of interest and an alleged criminal suspected of attacks in the area, while conducting a search op in Kadhamiyah.
At approx. noon, IP detained 2 individuals. Both are suspected of criminal activities in the area in Kadhamiyah.
At approx. 2:50 p.m., Soldiers with the 18th MP Bde seized a cache of 122 mm rockets in East Rashid. “U.S. Soldiers, in full partnership with the Iraqi SF, will never cease in the efforts to protect the people of Iraq from terrorists and criminals,” said Lt. Col. Steve Stover, MND-B and 4th ID spokesman. “It is a never ending, never changing contract between U.S. Soldiers and the people of Baghdad.”

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Al Fatah Bridge to improve relations, economy

LSA ANACONDA – Soldiers of the 74th Eng. Co, along with 8 Iraqi engineer soldiers, completed work on a Mabey-Johnson float bridge recently. The bridge will be used to cross the Tigris River and join the cities of Beiji and Kirkuk, in an effort to continue to improve the local area.
“The purpose of the bridge is to maintain and improve the transportation network along the Tigris River,” said 1st Lt. Jeremiah Manning, a construction engineer with the 20th Eng. Bde. “This is vital to the economic health of Iraq because it facilitates oil, agriculture, commercial and civilian traffic throughout MND-North.”
“The Iraqi engineers are from a school in Taji,” said Staff Sgt. Brian White, a bridge crewmember with the 74th. “They seem quite knowledgeable on the Johnson float bridge. They have trained on it (during their schooling), but this is the first one these guys are helping to build.”
White also said once the engineers are trained and are comfortable building the bridge, they will be able to take their knowledge back to the engineer school and train other Iraqi engineers. This will eventually allow the Iraqis to build the bridges that are needed across Iraq, which will also help improve the local economy, White said.
“The building of this bridge helps to reinforce economic development and improve the relationship between CF and the GoI,” said Canadian Brig. Gen.  Matern, who was at the construction site for the bridge representing the MNC-Iraq comm. gen.

Joanna10

Spc. Calvin Barber, a member of the 74th Eng. Co, shows an Iraqi engineer one part of putting together a Mabey-Johnson Float bridge, April 25.

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MND-B soldiers return fire, engage bomb emplacers

BAGHDAD – MND-Baghdad soldiers continue to deny criminals freedom of movement in and around the Adhamiyah and Sadr City districts of Baghdad, May 10-11.
At approx. 7:30 a.m. May 10, soldiers with Co D, 4th Bn, 64th AR, returned precision fire and killed a criminal who attacked them with small-arms fire in Adhamiyah.
At approx. 10:50 a.m., soldiers from Co C, 1st CAB, 68th Inf Regt, returned precision fire and killed a criminal who attacked them with small-arms fire in Adhamiyah.
At approx. 4 p.m. May 10, soldiers from Co E, 1-68 CAB, engaged and killed 4 criminals after a failed EFP attack, in Sadr City.
At approx. 10:20 p.m. May 10, soldiers from Co. E, 1-68 CAB, who while on a patrol interacting with the local populace, were provided a tip about 2 criminals emplacing a roadside bomb. The soldiers moved to intercept the bomb emplacers, engaged the criminals and killed one. The second fled the scene in Adhamiyah.
At approx. 12:15 a.m. May 11, an MND-B AWT responded to the site of a roadside bomb attack, positively identified the 2 triggermen and engaged the pair with a Hellfire missile. One criminal was killed, their vehicle was destroyed, and the second criminal fled into a surrounding neighborhood in Adhamiyah.

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MND-B soldiers rescue kidnap victim

CAMP TAJI –  May 8, near Ibrahim Bin Ali, northwest of Baghdad,  Soldiers from the 1st Bn, 21st Inf Regt “Gimlets,” 2nd Stryker BCT “Warrior,” 25th ID, acted on tips from IA soldiers, in addition to tips provided by IP and SoI members.
The suspected kidnappers were detained and are being held for further questioning.

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