Troop Scoop 5/20/2008

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.



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