Archive for May 16th, 2008

Troop Scoop

Posted: 16 May 2008 11:31 AM CDT

Dear Interested Readers,
PM al Maliki visited Mosul to show strong support to eliminate criminal elements & AQI terrorist threats.  Decent camps established as temporary safe havens for displaced persons, and Sadr City slowly returning to normal.  Large weapons caches seized and criminals captured or killed.

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

May 16, 2008

Combined patrols disrupt criminal activity in Rashid

BAGHDAD – In the Rashid district of southern Baghdad, at approx. 3 a.m. May 12, Soldiers from 1st BCT, 4th ID, received a tip on the location of a cache from a local citizen, confiscating approx. 200 feet of detonation cord, 50 blasting caps, 200 rounds of ammo and several timers.
At approx. 6:30 a.m. May 13, IP detained a criminal wanted for several murders who tried to pass through a checkpoint in the Shurta community.
At approx. 2 p.m., May 13, Iraqi NP, and the National Police Transition Team, conducted a combined patrol and discovered an emplaced EFP on the side of the road in the northwest Rashid area.
“The ISF are doing a tremendous job in providing security throughout the Rashid district,” said Maj. Dave Olson, 1st BCT, 4th ID.  “(MND-B Soldiers) can contribute much of its success to the ISF’s efforts in securing southern Baghdad.”


Iraqi PM visits Mosul in support of new operations


Prime Minister al-Maliki (fourth from the left) and members of the GoI visited Mosul in support of Op Lion’s Roar, May 14. It’s an Iraqi planned and led mission intended to seek-out and eliminate criminal elements and AQI terrorist threats in Mosul and Ninawa province, as well as surrounding areas. The prime minister held a meeting with Minister of Interior al-Bulani, Minister of Defense al-Ubaydi, and the Ninawa Ops Center Cmdr, Lt. Gen. Tawfiq, to discuss ongoing ops.
Op Lion’s Roar has been carefully planned and a high priority has been given to protecting civilians and private property.  The GoI is committed to unifying their country and to promoting the growth of a stable, peaceful and prosperous democracy. The GoI is also seeking to restore the rule of law and ensure the law is applied fairly to all Iraqis, regardless of religious and political affiliation.


MND-B Soldiers kill 5 criminals

BAGHDAD –  May 14, at approx. 3:30 p.m., MND-B Soldiers were attacked bycriminals using small-arms fire and RPGs in Kadamiyah, returned fire and killed 4.
At approx. 5:30 p.m., MND-B Soldiers received sniper fire from a building in Kadamiyah.  An AWT that was providing security overwatch fired a Hellfire missile and killed the violent criminal.


MND-B Soldiers find caches in Rashid district

BAGHDAD –  At approx. 3:15 p.m., May 12, Soldiers from the 1st BCT, 4th ID,  worked with Iraqi NP on a tip from a local citizen in the Doura community.
The tip led to the discovery of a cache containing a 155mm artillery round, RPG rounds, RPG launchers, machineguns with 100 rounds of ammo, sets of body armor, homemade hand grenades, several containers of homemade explosives, and more than 300 items used in the construction of IEDs.
At approx. 1:50 a.m., May 13, Soldiers from the 1st BCT, found an RPG with launcher and an unknown amount of linked ammo in the Jihad community.
At approx. 10:40 a.m. in the Karb De Gla community, members of the SoI turned in more than 100 pounds of plastic explosives to MND-B Soldiers.


IDP camps established as safe havens


Col. Mark Spindler, who serves as the cmdr. of MND-Baghdad’s, 18th MP Bde, takes time May 12 to review and assess areas in the Internally Displaced Civilian Camps in Baghdad. The Soldiers are assisting the Iraqi Ministry of Interior and IP during the establishment phase of the camps set up. The 18th MP Bde. is in support of MoI and the IP during the development of this project.


Life in Sadr City neighborhood slowly returning to normal

By Tech. Sgt. Cohen Young
1st Combat Camera Sqdn., 3rd BCT PAO, 4th ID


Spc. Chris Villalobos, tends to a leg scrape of a boy while in a southwestern neighborhood of the Sadr City district of Baghdad, May 6. Villalobos is a medic currently assigned to the 3rd BCT, 4th ID.


An Iraqi man tends his sheep while MND-Baghdad Soldiers maintain security.