Archive for May 21st, 2008

Troop Scoop

Posted: 21 May 2008 06:50 PM CDT

Dear Interested Readers,
There’s an excellent story of how strong leadership makes a difference in the performance of Iraqi Policemen.  A suspected AQI cell leader is captured, as well as a Special Groups’ cell leader and 4 members. Numerous weapons caches are seized.

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

May 21, 2008

Strong leadership brings rule of law to Baghdad neighborhood

By Sgt. Daniel Blottenberger
18th MP Bde.

FOB RUSTAMIYAH – Iraq is safer due to the sternness and dedication of its leadership from the District IP HQ in the Karadah district of Baghdad.
The strength of the IP force has grown significantly in size and their ability to protect its citizens in Karadah in the past year.  Iraqi Col. Salman, Karadah District Cmdr, is working hand-in-hand to ensure this trend continues, as he works alongside CF and the 1132nd MP Co, a N. Carolina National Guard unit.
During the visit to the station, the squad leader reviewed operational needs with the district cmdr. and offered any assistance or supply requests that were needed to improve the police force. “The colonel never asks for anything for himself, only for his station,” said Staff Sgt. Joseph Carberry, squad leader.  “We have built stuff for them and as they saw us do it, then they (IP) started building stuff for themselves,” said Carberry, referring to some of the station improvements with which the PTT has helped.
But the physical things are not the only areas that have been improved upon, but the pride and abilities the IP and cmdr demonstrate.  “He is sometimes up as early as 4 a.m., checking in on his IP at the checkpoints making sure they are doing their jobs,” said Carberry. “There is a lot less crime from day one, when we arrived here.  The colonel has seen how we help him and gets along well with us.”
Salman, cmdr, IP Karadah District, said,  “There is less sectarian violence, which never happened before. “Religious sects are starting to work together.  Now the only thing holding the people of Baghdad back from peace is criminals in the area.
Salman thanks the PTT for their help in aiding the people of Karadah.  “U.S. Soldiers take care of the civilian people,” said Salman, as he discusses a future medical delivery operation by CF to a local clinic in the area. “It is a priority for us to get the medical supplies to the poor people in Karadah.”


Staff Sgt. Joseph Carberry, squad leader, discusses recent criminal activities in the Karadah area with Iraqi Col.  Salman,  May 16.


MND-B Soldiers locate cache in Bayaa community

FOB FALCON –  May 20 at approx. 5 a.m., Soldiers from Co A, 1st Bn, 22nd Inf Regt, 1st BCT, 4th ID found the cache inside an abandoned house while conducting a combat patrol of several key areas in the community.
Inside they found 41 60 mm mortar rounds, 9 EFP back plates, approx. 2,800 rounds of 7.62mm ammo, one bag of handcuffs, a box of military style uniforms, 3 video tapes, a partially assembled EFP, 4 sets of body armor, 4 electrical timers and 2 command wire actuators.


Iraqi Security Forces begin Operation Peace

BAGHDAD – The Iraqi SF began Op Peace in an effort to cease violence in the Sadr City area May 20.
The operation is to protect the people while setting conditions for sustainable security and increase humanitarian assistance, economic growth and essential services.
“The op is totally Iraqi planned, led and executed to rid Baghdad of the Special Groups extremists,” said Col. Allen Batschelet, MND Baghdad chief of staff.


ISF, MND-B Soldiers seize weapons caches

BAGHDAD – May 19 in Baghdad, at approx. 7 a.m., IA Soldiers searched the Sha’aroofi Mosque in the Shaab area of Adhamiyah. The IA Soldiers discovered a substantial cache on the grounds of the mosque consisting of 8 EFPs, 35 hand grenades, 7 mortars of various sizes, 4 RPG launchers, 10 RPG expelling charges, 7 RPGs, 154 different types of fuses, and various items consisting of copper wire, CDs, 12 AK-47 magazines, a desktop computer, 5 circuit boars and 10 radio faces.  They also found several IED-making materials, and documents detailing kidnappings and murders.
At approx. 5:45 p.m., Soldiers from 7th Sqdrn, 10th Cav Regt, 1st BCT, 4th ID, were alerted by a local Iraqi of an EFP cache nearby in the Zubaida area of East Rashid.  Found were 3 EFPs, 8 107 mm Iranian rocket warheads, 8 107mm Chinese rocket warheads, 8 launching rails, 20 fuses, a mortar tube, a claymore mine, and more than 10,000 7.62mm rounds.
At approx. 6 p.m. in the Aamel area of West Rashid, Iraqi NP investigated a tip and found 3 107 mm Iranian rockets and 5 120 mm Iranian mortar rounds.


U.S. Special Operations Forces detain suspected terrorist group cell leader

BAGHDAD – U.S. SOF detained a suspected AQI cell leader in Rutbah, approx. 385 km west of Baghdad, May 19, reportedly responsible for facilitating the movements of insurgents and foreign fighters.  He is also associated with an insurgent network that is involved in smuggling, and storing weapons and explosives.
The detention of this cell leader should affect AQI’s logistics, finances and ops throughout the western region of Iraq.


ISF, CF finds multiple cache sites in one-day period

TIKRIT –  May 19, acting on info gathered from several different sources in MND-N, Iraqi SF and CF discovered more than 10 different sites containing weapons caches that contained, in total, more than 200 pounds of TNT, several hundred rounds of various sized ammo, explosive missiles, RPG warheads, several automatic rifles and nearly 30 anti-aircraft projectiles.
One suspected AQI member was detained at one cache site.


Weapons cache recovered at south of Baghdad

BAGHDAD – Members of the SoI, NP and Soldiers from 1st Bn, 35th AR, recovered a weapons cache
approx. 15 km south of Baghdad, in Baghdad province May 16, consisting of 18 mortar rounds, found by
Iraqi workers conducting a canal improvement project.
“It was a successful effort overall,” said 1st Lt. Michael Kim, a spokesman with 1st Bn, 35th AR.  Kim said the SOI security volunteers and NP led the way on this mission, and CF were there only to provide support and help ensure the weapons were destroyed properly.


Local tip leads to mortar, rocket cache

CAMP VICTORY – A local Iraqi citizen provided info leading IA Soldiers to a weapons cache in the Sharifat area, 12 miles south of Baghdad, May 18.
Iraqi Soldiers uncovered the cache, which contained a 60 mm mortar tube with stand, more than 50, 120
mm mortar rounds; 10, 82 mm mortar rounds; 13, 60 mm mortar rounds; 2 Iranian 60 mm mortar rounds; 1 unidentified rocket; 1 Russian SPG-9 rocket and more than 80 mortar primers and fuses.


National Police capture key criminal

BAGHDAD – Iraqi NP planned and executed a successful op to capture an IED cell leader and 4 members of his cell in the New Baghdad district of eastern Baghdad, May 18.  The Special Groups leader tested positive for handling explosive materials.


Troop Scoop

Posted: 20 May 2008 07:13 PM CDT

Dear Interested Readers,
Can any of us imagine not having potable water?  Hopefully with a water treatment plant fully restored, 4 million Baghdad residents will enjoy these simple pleasures in life.  Thanks also to American generosity tennis has arrived in Iraq!  Terrorists continue to be captured or killed, and many weapons caches seized.

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

May 20, 2008

National Police seize weapons cache

BAGHDAD – In the New Baghdad district of Baghdad, May 19, Iraqi NP discovered a weapons cache containing more than a dozen IED triggers, more than a dozen AK-47s, RPG launchers, RPG rounds, more than 100 linked 7.62mm rounds, sniper rifles, flak vest, and more than 25 batteries.


MND-B Soldiers prevent an IED attack and seize munitions

BAGHDAD –  May 18, Soldiers from 1st BCT, 4th ID, discovered the weapons cache on the rooftop of a building during a dismounted patrol in the Shurta area of West Rashid at approx. 3:35 p.m.
Soldiers found 30 120 mm mortar rounds, 12 60 mm mortar rounds, 120 pounds of homemade explosives, several RPG rounds, an SKS rifle, an RPG launcher, 10 mortar fuses, 30 shotgun shells, a hand grenade, 2 electric blasting caps, a Tommy gun, IED-making materials, and numerous IA and Police uniforms.
At approxi. 9:40 p.m. north of Baghdad, Soldiers from 3rd BCT, 4th ID, witnessed a criminal emplacing an IED. Soldiers fired at the criminal and killed him.


Iraqi Special Operations Forces detain two terrorists in Baghdad

BAGHDAD –  In the al-Ghazaliya area of Baghdad, May 18, ISOF conducted the op to detain AQI terrorists suspected of murder, kidnapping, emplacing IEDs, and forcing local Iraqis out of their homes. One of the men is suspected of murdering a 24-year-old woman on December 10, 2007.
AQI in this area of Baghdad is responsible for numerous kidnappings and murders of local Iraqi citizens.


Iraqi residents turn in munitions to IA soldiers; MND-B Soldiers eliminate threat

BAGHDAD –  May 17, At approx. 2:50 p.m., the IA soldiers were conducting an “amnesty drop” mission and were distributing food and water to local residents when they were approached by several civilians, reportedly from the nearby Sadr City district. The civilians turned in 6 155 mm rounds, 2 120 mm rounds, a 127 mm  and a 57 mm rocket.  The citizens indicated they were taking the initiative, showing they want peace and an end to the violence.
Also in New Baghdad at approx. 12:20 a.m., May 18, soldiers from the 4th BCT, 4th ID, observed an armed man exiting a vehicle near their position. The man armed the weapon and took aim at the MND-B observation point. The soldiers defended themselves and killed the man.


MND-B soldiers fend off militant attack in Sadr City

BAGHDAD – In the Sadr City district of Baghdad during the evening hours May 17, Soldiers from 3rd BCT, 4th ID, were manning a defensive position when they were attacked by criminals with small-arms fire.  The soldiers defended themselves with precision small-arms fire and killed 3 of the attackers.


Water treatment facility on way to recovery

CAMP TAJI – The Karkh Water Treatment Plant in Taji, northwest of Baghdad, has been under construction and undergoing upgrades since its near destruction in 2005.
Lt. Col. Paul Williams who is the officer in charge of the US Army Corps of Engineers Taji Area, visited the  Plant to check progress on the work taking place May 14.  He was joined by Lt. Col. David Davidson, who serves as the dep. cmdr for 2nd Stryker BCT “Warrior,” 25th ID.
“The mission was to check the progress of the contractors working out there,” said Capt. Mark Gilliam,  2nd SBCT engineer planner.  The USACE contractors are heavily involved in civil work, added Gilliam.
The near destruction of the plant caused water problems for many residents in Baghdad. The facility supplies one-half of the potable water used in Baghdad – approx. 1.3 million litters (roughly 345,000 gallons) of potable water per day, which is piped through a  2 meter line that runs from the plant all the way to Baghdad.  If power goes down in the area, said Gilliam, the facility shuts off and water supply will stop for approx. 4 million residents.
Workers have recently completed installing new switches and are getting ready to “plug in,” said Gilliam. For the past 3 years, the Plant was unsafe and barely able to provide water to Baghdad residents, said Gilliam, but that will soon change.
Williams and Davidson said they are pleased with the progress on the facility and that they are looking forward to getting the generators started and the job finished.  When the Treatment Plant project is completed and running at its full potential, it will be another successful joint endeavor project accomplished by the Corps of Engineers and the GoI, said Gilliam.

Lt. Col. David Davidson inspects the room where generators number 1 and number 2 are housed.


Maj. Anthony Barbina, bde eng, points at an electrical bypass.


An engineer team from 2nd Stryker BCT check cable laying and the trench going from the Karkh Water Treatment Plant to its electrical sub-station to ensure it complies with safety standards at the Plant.


Iraqis, servicemembers connect through tennis

BAGHDAD – Military volunteers brought a bit of joy into the lives of Iraqi children as they introduced them to a little-known sport at Area 4, IA base in western Baghdad, May 17.
These volunteers brought tennis to Iraqi children through the gift of donated tennis equipment. This equipment,  brought joy to not only the young players, but to the Iraqi and Coalition servicemembers as well.
Ernie Rains, the Central Alabama Tennis Assoc. Community Coordinator, thought up the idea of donating tennis equipment to Iraqi children in order to hopefully soften a harsh lifestyle.  His gift was realized through the coordinating efforts of friend, fellow CATAC member and Air Force Maj. Willliam O’Sullivan, a MNC-Iraq
Joint Op Center chaplain.
Before teaching the Iraqi children the sport of tennis, the servicemembers volunteered their time to first teach the sport to IA Soldiers. These soldiers welcomed the chance to learn the game and interact with their Coalition counterparts.
Following the round of tennis, the volunteers were treated to a “hospitable lunch” by Maj. Raheem, an IA civil affairs officer who coordinated the event for the IA.
After lunch, the Iraqi children made their appearance on the court.  The excited children were noticeably more chaotic to teach than the soldiers, especially after the balls and rackets were past out. The children were “just children” a point that struck home for many of the volunteers who were there.
“Kids playing games isn’t something that changes drastically among societies,” said Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Aaron A. Carr, 35.  Carr, a father himself, couldn’t help but notice how much the children reminded him of his own son at home, despite the cultural differences.


Air Force 1st Lt. Paige H. Young, shows an IA soldier how to properly grip a tennis racket.


Air Force Maj. William O’Sullivan instructs Iraqi children on correctly holding tennis rackets.


South Korean Maj. Baekim keeps children from rushing to receive tennis balls and foam balls.


MND-B Soldiers seize weapons cache, detain suspected criminal

BAGHDAD –  May 18, at approx. 12:10 p.m., Soldiers with the 1st Bn, 22nd Inf Regt, 1st BCT, 4th ID, were searching a power sub station in West Rashid when they found a weapons cache consisting of 2 AK-47 assault rifles, 3 AK-47 magazines, a Dragonov rifle, a PKC rifle, 3 IEDs, 2 initiators, 60 pounds of homemade explosives, other bomb making materials, and a 60 mm mortar with fuse.
At approx. 11:10 a.m., Soldiers with the 1st Sqdrn, 2nd Stryker Cav Regt, currently attached to 3rd BCT,
4th ID, detained a criminal suspected of emplacing IEDs after Soldiers received a tip from a local citizen in northeastern Baghdad.


Iraqi Police find large munitions cache in Mosul

TIKRIT – IP in Mosul discovered a buried weapons cache of nearly 500 rounds of munitions while acting on intel, May 18.
An inventory of the unearthed items consisted of 120 60 mm, 220 82 mm and 100 120 mm rounds as well as 50 artillery rounds with rockets.