Troop Scoop 5/19/2008

Troop Scoop

Posted: 19 May 2008 01:22 PM CDT

Dear Interested Readers,
An encouraging story of the Iraqi Army working in partnership with the Iraqi National Police, and one of admiration for the CF leadership in Iraq visiting the 20th Engineers.  Lt. Gen. Austin is awesome and looks 7 feet tall!  With Basra more secure, residents enjoy medical assistance.  A Special Groups’ cell leader is captured, and many more criminals are captured or killed, along with the seizure of many weapons caches.
Joanna
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Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
APO AE 09342

May 19, 2008

CF kills 6 enemy personnel with air strikes

TIKRIT –  May 17, while attempting to disarm a discovered IED,  IA soldiers received small arms and RPG fire.  The attack resulted in the death of an IA soldier.
Following the attack, CF observed 4 criminals with multiple weapons next to a house suspected of containing a weapons cache.  CFs used an Air Force jet to engage the building with precision guided munitions destroying the cache and killing the 4.
A vehicle thought to have been involved in the complex attack was engaged by a CF helicopter, resulting in 5 secondary explosions and the death of 2 suspects.

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Iraqi Army, National Police join together to display mutual respect, increased capability

BAGHDAD – IA and Iraqi NP partnered together to conduct a multi-day joint op in the eastern Baghdad district of Karadah to neutralize violent extremists and safeguard their citizens.
In one such op, IA soldiers established the outer cordon while NPs conducted a search in the southeast Baghdad neighborhood of Zafraniyah.  Concurrently, a company of Jundi (IA soldiers) searched adjacent farmland and scattered homes.
The IA and NP team also met with local officials and the school principal in the muhallah to discuss an upcoming toy and school supply distribution op in the near future.
“The IA and the NP have worked together in the past but almost exclusively as part of a larger task force,” said Batschelet. “Never, to our knowledge, bi-laterally at the battalion level.  This was a demonstration of mutual respect and the Iraqi leadership set the tone.”
May 17, Iraqi NP  seized a large weapons cache while conducting security ops in the Karadah district of Baghdad, consisting of 2 EFPs, 2 IEDs, 96 AK-47 assault rifles; 19, 81mm mortar rounds, 8 hand grenades and an RPK light machinegun.
Iraqi NP with support from IA soldiers, seized a weapons cache and arrested 31 criminals in the Kadhamiyah district of Baghdad. The seized items included documents pertaining to a Special Groups extremist org., 16 AK-47s, more than 1,000, 7.62mm rounds; 68 AK-47 magazines, an RPK light machinegun, 2 RPG launchers, 3 RPG rounds, a 2.5 gallon cooler containing home-made explosives, 7 various types of grenades, a night-vision sight for an AK-47, a mortar sight, 4 bags of mixed ammo and other various military equipment.

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MNC-I leaders visit 20th Engineers

By Staff Sgt. Joy Pariante

BAGHDAD – Soldiers from Fort Bragg’s 20th Eng. Bde showcased their capabilities to senior MNC-Iraq leadership at their headquarters in Balad, earlier this month.
“It’s always a privilege to have the MNC-I cmdr come and recognize deserving Soldiers,” said Col. Peter A. De Luca, the cmdr of the 20th Eng. Bde. “The fact that some of our units are in transition now made it a good send off for some departing Soldiers who made a big difference in the improving security situation in Iraq.”
“It’s nice to see someone at the top wants to learn about something regular E-4 foot Soldiers do,” said Spc. Mike Yem, with the 817th Eng. Separate Co.
“It’s good for morale,” said Spc. Scott Kreft, also with the 817th. “Not everyone can say they shook hands
with the general.”
The 20th Eng. Bde is responsible for providing combat, geospatial and general engineering and reconstruction ops in partnership with PRTs, Civil Service Corps, SoI and IA engineers. They are also responsible for training and assisting the IA and provincial engineers in the rebuilding of the infrastructure of Iraq. “During its deployment to Iraq, 20th Eng. Soldiers have built 10 major bridges, destroyed and captured IED cells in 9 Iraqi provinces and the improvement of numerous roads to reduce IED vulnerability and make them safe for travel,” De Luca said.
Although some of the 20th Eng. Bde.’s units are preparing to head home, the troops still have their heads in the game.  “I am awed by their attitude and drive as they do what engineers love to do, solve problems creatively, fix broken, but needed things, build new needed things and always take the fight to our enemies in close combat,” De Luca said.
The 20th will be replaced by the  555th in fall 2008.

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Lt. Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, left, and Command Sgt. Maj. Joseph Allen, speak to Soldiers of the 20th Eng. Bde.  Austin received briefings from the Soldiers on the capabilities of their route clearing equipment.

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Lt. Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, shakes hands with Spc. Scott Kreft.  Austin, met with Kreft and Spc. Mike Yem.

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MND-C Soldiers discover caches

BAGHDAD – May 15, Soldiers from 4th BCT, 3rd ID, discovered a cache during a patrol, consisting of 12, 42 mm rockets; 3, 57 mm projectiles; 8 rocket bodies; 8, 120 mm rockets and 10 fuses.
Soldiers from 3rd BCT, 101st Abn Div (AASLT), found a cache near the Qaqa Apartments in Mahmudiyah, about 26 km southwest of Baghdad, May 16.  A tip from a local citizen led the Soldiers to the cache comprised of 450 7.62 mm armor-piercing rounds, a 60 mm mortar system, 15 RPG motors, 96 mortar cartridges and 10 pounds of mortar propellant bags.

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Iraqi Army captures Special Groups IED cell leader in Husayniyah

BALAD –  IA Soldiers captured a Special Groups cell leader, who is responsible for coordinating IED and rocket
attacks against Iraqi SF and CF, in Husayniyah, approx. 20 miles north of Baghdad, May 16.
The IA conducted the op to capture the Special Groups cell leader, in addition to detaining 4 other suspected Special Groups criminals.

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MND-B soldiers kill two criminals, seize munitions caches

BAGHDAD – May 16, an SoI member led Soldiers from 2nd Stryker BCT, 25th ID to a munitions cache consisting of 155 mm mortar rounds west of Baghdad at approx. 12:20 p.m.
At approx. 5 p.m., Special Groups criminals attacked soldiers from 2nd BCT, 101st Abn Div (AASLT), with an IED and small-arms fire, as the soldiers were conducting a mounted patrol in the Shuala neighborhood of Baghdad’s Kadhamiyah district, defended themselves and killed 2 criminals.
At approx. 6:15 p.m., soldiers from 1st BCT, 4th ID, discovered 82 and 60 mm mortars in the Furat neighborhood of the West Rashid district.

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Tannumah District residents receive medical assistance

BASRA – IA Soldiers provided security and helped 550 patients at a public health assessment at the Tannumah District Public Health Clinic in Basra, May 11 and 14.  Medical providers have treated or assessed over 700 patients at the clinic.  Fifteen patients received referrals to the National Iraqi Assistance Center.
The IA’s efforts were part of the humanitarian portion of Op Charge of the Knights.  Ali, an Iraqi teen, who came with his mother and sister, looked at the bi-lingual medical providers and an IA major standing outside the examination room and said, “We love you.”

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Since Op Charge of the Knights has helped remove criminal elements in Basra, humanitarian efforts are increasing. Iraqi women and children move about more freely.

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MND-B Soldiers find mortar cache in Rashid

FOB FALCON – May 16, while on patrol in the Rashid district of southern Baghdad, Soldiers from the 1st Sqdrn, 33rd Cav Regt, assigned to the 4th Bn, 64th AR, attached to the1st BCT, 4th ID, found 21 82 mm mortar rounds and 17 60 mm rounds while on patrol in the Furat community of Rashid.

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