Troop Scoop 5/21/2008

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.


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