Archive for June 2nd, 2008

Troop Scoop 6/2/2008

Troop Scoop

Posted: 02 Jun 2008 09:21 AM CDT

Dear Interested Readers,
A significant reconciliation meeting by tribal leaders was held in the village of Ghaida.  Iraqi Army holds a recruitment drive and 3000 show up in Basra.  Many terrorists captured or killed, and large quantities of weapons caches removed from the streets.
Joanna
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Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
APO AE 09342

Jun 02, 2008

Iraqi Police find substantial weapons caches in Tikrit area

TIKRIT, Iraq –  May 29, local IPs found more than 250 rounds buried in the farmlands outside of Tikrit.  An IP, who led the search, described the ordnance as ranging in size from 57 mm to 155 mm rounds.  IP also found several RPG rounds, a propane tank and nearly 150 fuses.
Several other weapons were found in the Tikrit area in the last 72 hours including 20 120 mm projectiles, 50 60 mm projectiles, several RPG rounds and two mortar tubes.

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MND-B Soldiers discover cache, detain criminals

BAGHDAD –  Soldiers from Co A, 1st Bn, 22nd Inf Regt, 1st BCT, 4th ID detained a known criminal at 5 a.m., May 30, in West Rashid.
At approx. 6:15 a.m. May 30, Soldiers from Co C, 4th Bn, 64th Armor Regt, attached to the 1st BCT, 4th ID
discovered a weapons cache consisting of 17 120 mm mortar rounds in the Shurta neighborhood.

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National Police finds weapons, explosives cache

FOB LOYALTY – In eastern Baghdad, May 29, while patrolling the New Baghdad security district to clear the neighborhood of illegal weapons and bomb-making materials, they uncovered a cache consisting of  82 rifles, 3 pistols, 3 IEDs, an EFP, 7 RPGs and an undisclosed amount of C-4 explosive.
“The NP are conducting effective ops such as this every day,” said Maj. Joey Sullinger, a spokesperson for 4th
BCT, 10th Mtn Div.

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Tribal leaders meet on the heels of major cache discovery

By Maj. Sean Wilson

KIRKUK – Arab tribal leaders conducted a significant meeting in the Ta’mim province, May 27, a day after a large weapons cache was discovered by the IA.
Tribal leaders from the Daquq district met with district council members, representatives from the Iraqi SF and CF in the village of Ghaida in the Southern Rashaad Valley.
Community issues with the local tribes were discussed.  The meeting presented the tribes with an opportunity to have their voice heard by members of the district council which is primarily composed of Kurds and Turkmen.
The meeting comes on the heels of a major cache discovery following an IA led op, which occurred May 26.
The IA bn acted on tips from local citizens and from the recent capture and cooperation of a suspected al-Qaeda leader known as the “Amir of Safra.”  The cache was 1 of 5 caches uncovered in the area by the IA in the last 2 weeks. This cache consisted of materials used to construct IEDs; RPGs; 5 RPG launchers; 45 RPGs; 24 82 mm mortar rounds; 250 mortar fuses; 44 pounds of explosives; and 150 handsets.
“The IA’s success from this mission is clearly another example of the growing capacity of the Iraqi SF to conduct independent ops and was a result of a lot of hard work from brave Iraqis,” said Lt. Col. Kevin Brown, 1st BCT, 10th Mtn Div dep. cmdr.  “I am even more encouraged by the fact that these ops help set the conditions for tribal and provincial leaders to come together to help their people, who have been threatened and intimidated by a group of thugs, and terrorists who have been denying them of the peace and prosperity they deserve.”

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Quick Reaction Force captures two terrorists

BALAD –  IA QRF captured 2 terrorists in an op in Nasser Wa Salaam, approx. 30 km west of Baghdad, May 30.
The QRF conducted the op to capture 2 suspected AQI weapons traffickers who have sold numerous weapons,
including sniper rifles and munitions to anti-Coalition elements in the areas of Karmah, an active AQI operating and staging area.

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Iraqi Army recruiting in Basra

By Sgt. 1st Class C. J. Sheely

BASRA – Iraqi Soldiers looked to increase their numbers and support in Basra, May 29. The Soldiers held a recent recruiting drive in the Hayyaniyah district and more than 3,000 men came out to sign up for service with the Army.

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Iraqis gathered to answer a recruiting call by the Iraqi Army.

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Iraqi Special Operations Forces capture suspected Special Groups leaders

BALAD – Iraqi SOF captured 2 suspected Special Groups cell leaders in an op in Baghdad, May 30.
The 2 are believed to be responsible for kidnapping, torture and murder.
Seven other suspected Special Groups criminals were detained.

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Hillah SWAT team captures suspected terrorist in Mosul

BALAD –  May 29, ISWAT conducted the operation based on a warrant issued by a Mosul judge to arrest a suspected terrorist operating in the area. The suspect is reportedly responsible for kidnapping, murder of IP, and IED attacks.  Two additional suspects were detained.

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ISOF capture two suspected terrorists, detain 21

BALAD –  In Mosul, May 29, the ISOF conducted the op to capture 2 cell members for the ISI, a front organization for AQI.
The ISI cell is suspected of kidnapping, murder and attacks against Iraqi and CF.  Twenty-one other suspects were detained in the operation.

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Iraqi and Coalition forces press operations against the Mahdi Army in Baghdad and Basrah despite the cease-fire signed with the Mahdi Army in Sadr City. The Iraqi Army has expanded its operations in Basrah province to the east just along the Iranian border, while 11 Mahdi Army fighters have been captured during operations in Baghdad over the past 24 hours.

Iraqi soldiers and police, backed by US and British advisers, have expanded Operation Knights’ Assault to the eastern town of Abu Al Khasib, in a region east of Basrah on the Iranian border. A brigade from the 1st Iraqi Army Division, backed by a battalion from 14th Iraqi Army Division and two Iraqi National Police battalions conducted operations along the border over the past two days. One suspect was detained and 52 AK-47 assault rifles and one submachine gun were found during the sweep.

Abu Al Khasib is on Highway 6 at the border crossing with Iran at Shalamcheh. The Iranian city of Shalamcheh is the main forward operating base for the Ramazan Corps’s southernmost command. The Ramazan Corps is the Qods Force command assigned to direct operations inside Iraq. Weapons, fighters, and cash smuggled across the border into Basrah would pass through Abu Al Khasib.

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