Troop Scoop 6/18/2008

Troop Scoop

Posted: 18 Jun 2008 10:17 AM CDT

Dear Interested Readers,
Security in Southern Baghdad has taken a foothold, enough for children and teachers to safely go to school.  The opening of the Yarmouk sub-station will improve the health and welfare of the people of Northwest Baghdad, with the expectation of more sub-stations opening in the future.  High level criminals captured and more weapons and munition caches seized.
Joanna
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Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
APO AE 09342

June 18, 2008
A Soldiers discover several weapons caches in Sadr City

BAGHDAD – IA Soldiers seized several weapons in the Sadr City district of Baghdad, June 16, during continuing security ops. The caches contained 2 RPG launchers, 2 RPG rounds, 30 37 mm rounds, a box containing PKC machine gun and AK-47 ammo, 2 155 mm rounds, 2 of 130 mm rounds, 122 mm rounds, a few armored vests, a 30 liter steel container full of PKC and 5.56 mm ammo, RPG-7 anti-personnel rounds, RPG-7 anti-armor rounds, RPG propellants, an SPG rocket, a set charger, a remote detonator, 4 electrical detonators, a flash bang grenade, around 430 feet of detonation wire, nearly 20 full AK-47 magazines, multiple 82 mm mortar pressure devices, rocket tubes, 60 mm rounds, initiation devices, radios, radio chargers, more than a dozen hand grenades and an IED.

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MND-B Soldiers detain Special Groups criminal leader

BAGHDAD – MND – Baghdad Soldiers detained a suspected Special Groups criminal leader in the Kamaliyah neighborhood of Baghdad’s New Baghdad security district, June 16.
The detained criminal leader is suspected of personally emplacing and detonating IEDs targeting both
Iraqi SF and CF.

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Soldiers capture two militants, NPs detain suspects

BAGHDAD – In the New Baghdad security district of eastern Baghdad, June 16, based on tips from Iraqi citizens, Soldiers from the 4th BCT, 10th Mtn Div (Lt), conducted an op in Beladiyat that resulted in the capture of 2 wanted criminals.  The Soldiers also confiscated a video camera and a computer.
“One of the detainees is a Special Groups criminal allegedly responsible for an EFP attack that killed a civilian June 14 and is associated with indirect fire attacks on FOB Loyalty,” said Maj. Joey Sullinger, a spokesperson for MND-B. The suspect is also accused of videotaping the unprovoked attacks and distributing them via the Internet.
The other suspect is a Special Groups militant believed to be associated with IDF attacks on FOB Loyalty and emplacing IEDs in New Baghdad.

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Al Hillah SWAT team captures suspected Special Groups criminal

BALAD –  June 13, the ISWAT conducted an op to capture the suspected criminal leader, who reportedly planned and conducted attacks against the Al Hillah Regional Embassy Office, ordered killings of Americans in Al Hillah and the assassinations of key leaders in the ISWAT.
The criminal is also suspected of IED attacks and indirect fire attacks against Iraqi and CF, weapons
trafficking and document forgery.  It is alleged that he has direct links with highly sought-after Special Groups criminals leaders, financiers and has personal knowledge of the movement of lethal arms through the Al Hillah area.

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IA, MND-B Soldiers uncover weapons caches

BAGHDAD – Multi-National Division – Baghdad Soldiers discovered 2 weapons caches June 15 – 16 in the Rashid district of southern Baghdad.  The caches included several grenades of various types, an IED, explosives, and a tube with stabilizer fins while on patrol in the Saydiyah neighborhood.
At approx. 1:45 a.m. June 16, Soldiers from the 64th AR, attached to the 1st BCT, 4th ID., seized 7 RPG
rounds, a mortar round, fuses, a 60 mm mortar and 2 RPG-7 launchers in the Saydiyah community.

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ISOF capture suspected Special Groups criminal

BALAD – June 13, the ISOF conducted an op to capture the criminal, who was highly sought after and allegedly involved in EFP and IED attacks against CF in the Rusafa area of Baghdad.
One additional suspect was detained.

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Security, Funding Sends Southern Baghdad Students Back to School

By Army Sgt. David Turner

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Students of the Menahay Primary School in southern Baghdad pose for a photo at their makeshift school.  When al-Qaida operatives destroyed their school, students took classes in a nearby 5-room private home until their school could be rebuilt.

FOB KALSU — For school children in the southern Baghdad area, getting an education has become a difficult and even dangerous prospect in recent years.  In some cases, supplies were short and facilities were in disrepair. Sometimes the teachers weren’t there. In a few cases, the schools themselves were all but gone.
The area where the 3rd ID’s 2nd BCT arrived in June 2007 had long been an insurgent stronghold, with many villages controlled by al-Qaida terrorists who kept children, especially girls, from attending school.  With no coalition or Iraqi SF presence, local schools suffered the same fate as many farms and businesses in the area. They were looted and damaged, and even became battlegrounds.
“About two years ago, the Ministry of Education ordered all of the teachers out of the rural areas because the security situation was so bad,” said Army Capt. Trista Mustaine, education advisor to the Baghdad 7 ePRT, which works with 2nd BCT soldiers to rebuild the local infrastructure and economy.
With the school year now over for children in the area, it’s a chance for workers to complete renovations and building projects throughout the 2nd BCT’s area of operation.
Although reconstruction costs largely have been provided by coalition forces up to now, the GoI is taking up the task and helping get local schools repaired and reopened before the next school year begins.
As he and his soldiers near redeployment in July, Army Capt. Richard Aaron, cmdr. of Btry B, 1st Bn, 9th FA, feels good about the work they have done. “We’ve made a huge impact on the community with the school, and with other projects we’ve done,” he said.
Now that the area is safe again and schools are getting the attention they need, the GoI is ready to re-invest in a more significant way.  “As of about a month ago, the Ministry of Education has ordered the teachers to return to their rural schools,” Mustaine said.  Thanks to gains made by 2nd BCT, she said, government officials can work freely in the area to make sure their schools have what they need to teach the children.

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Public Works Substation Opens in Yarmouk

By Sgt. Paul Monroe
2nd BCT, 101st Abn Div

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Brig. Gen. Ghassan, comm. officer talks with a local television network to get the word out to the local populace about the establishment of the public works substation, June 14, in Yarmouk, a neighborhood in northwest Baghdad.  Soldiers with 2nd BCT, 101st Abn div, helped local officials establish the substation.

BAGHDAD —  The Yarmouk substation will serve the southeast Mansour District and provides workers a place to store equipment used for basic services, such as trash removal and sewage maintenance.  “All of this was built from scratch” said 1st Lt. Nicholas Anderson, a civil military ops officer with the 4th “Straight Arrows” Bn, 42nd FAR, 1st BCT, 4th ID, operationally attached to the 2nd BCT, 101st Abn. Div.
Blackjack Soldiers picked up where the Soldiers they replaced from 2nd “Patriot” Bn, 32nd FAR, 1st inf Div, left off, who worked during their 15-month deployment to improve security and get essential services going. The unit went as far as hiring 50 workers to pick up trash in the Yarmouk area, while funding for the substation was on hold.  The Straight Arrows Soldiers are working just as hard to take advantage of improved security and are striving to work on finishing the essential service projects the Patriot Bn started.
The ceremony, however, did not mark the end of work for the substations, said Anderson, adding that the substation currently employs 53 Yarmouk residents with proposals to eventually increase that number to 100.
“We construct the site; we hire all the workers; we provide equipment for them” said Col. Louis Fazekas the Baghdad-6 governance team leader part of the ePRT supporting the 2nd BCT, 101st Abn. Div., who explained it was part of the agreement.  He said there is an expectation that local officials will hire the workers and purchase the equipment after one year.
Originally, Stryke brigade Soldiers planned to open 4 substations in Northwest Baghdad. The success of PWSS sites in the Adil and Ghazaliyah neighborhoods in northwest Baghdad has opened the possibility of opening additional substations.

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