Troop Scoop 7/14/2008

Troop Scoop

Posted: 14 Jul 2008 02:05 PM CDT

Dear Interested Reader,
We seem to have covered the Army, Navy and Marines!  Successful missions target AQI, and other criminals.  Recycling is being introduced that’s beneficial to Iraq, and our FOBs.  Al Doura refinery to be upgraded for increased production.  Iraqi and CF cmdrs. assess security progress in the Madain Qada.

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

July 14, 2008
Combined air assault nets two VBIEDs, six detainees east of Balad

TIKRIT –  “Countless lives were saved today as a result of seizing and destroying these VBIEDs before al-Qaeda could use them,” said Lt. Col. Thomas Hauerwas, 1st BCT, 101st Abn Div EO. “There is no way of knowing how many innocent people would have been killed or injured by the cold-blooded killers who constructed them.”

Maj. Phillip Borders, an ops officer with the 1st BCT, 101st Abn Div, provides security as he waits for a
helicopter to take a group of Iraqi Security and CF back to a U.S. base after an early-morning op east of Balad July 12. The op netted 2 VBIEDs and the detainment of 6 individuals.
(U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Rick Rzepka)


MND-B Soldiers detain suspected Special Groups leader

BAGHDAD – July 12, Soldiers from the 4th BCT, 10th Mtn Div (Lt) detained the suspected Special Groups leader while conducting an op specifically targeting him. The suspected Special Groups officer in eastern Baghdad is believed to be directly involved in kidnapping, murder, extortion, sectarian indirect fire attacks and IED attacks.


SoI detain two, MND-B Soldiers seize caches in Baghdad

BAGHDAD – SoI notified U.S. Soldiers of a cache and detained 2 local nationals in East Rashid at 1 p.m., July 12. Soldiers with the 1st BCT, 4th ID investigated and confiscated a RPG launcher, homemade explosives, IED-making materials and a cell phone.
At approx. 10:30 p.m., 1st BCT found a 10-inch EFP in an abandoned house in West Rashid.
“The SoI have been very successful in maintaining security in their area,” said Maj. Dave Olson, spokesperson, 1st BCT, MND-B. “They have been instrumental in defeating AQI. We work closely with the SoI to assist them in their ongoing efforts to bring peace to their communities.”


Iraqi, U.S. forces detain 3 suspected criminals, 12 others in separate ops in Northern Iraq

BALAD – The Baqubah Co SWAT team detained 10 suspected members of the ISI, a front org. for AQI, in Minhil village, north of Baghdad, July 11. The suspected criminals are believed to be using the village as a safe haven, and are part of a network that operates out of Naqib.
In another July 11 op in Mosul, Iraqi Soldiers detained a suspected criminal believed to be an experienced
electrician within the ISI who wires IEDs.  Reports indicate he makes and transports IEDs for a cell leader who orders the placement of IEDs targeting Iraqi Security and CF, and personally detonates them.  During the op, IA also confiscated pre-made IEDs and several kilograms of a chemical substance.
Baqubah CSWAT detained a suspected AQI member, July 10.  During the op, CSWAT encountered small-arms fire and identified IEDs, VBIEDs and a HBIED.  No casualties were reported and all explosives were neutralized by U.S. SF who assisted in the op.
In another op, July 10 in Mosul, Iraqi SOF detained a suspected ISI emir believed to have ordered IED attacks against Iraqi Security and CF.  He is also said to be responsible for numerous intimidation attacks against local citizens.  ISOF also detained the suspected criminal’s brother, who is believed to emplace IEDs.
U.S. SF detained a suspected ISI emir July 10 while on patrol in the Jazeera desert.  The suspect is believed to be responsible for facilitating criminal and foreign fighter movement across the Syrian and Iraqi borders.


Recycling Turns Trash to Treasure

By Sgt. Robert G. Cooper III
76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team

Naseb Altememy, holds up a can of future profits for his co.’s recycling center at a refuse collection site at Joint Base Balad. The recycling center, which will provide jobs to local Iraqis, will assist current efforts to sort through daily garbage collection on post for recyclables.
Photo by Sgt. Robert G. Cooper III.

BALAD — A war can be messy, literally. From the daily trash collections conducted by roving garbage trucks to amassing scrap metals born from the aftermath of battle, waste management is a serious business for CF.
During a ribbon-cutting ceremony, July 10, CF, contractors and Iraqi business leaders commemorated the opening of a recycling center designed to turn the military’s trash into Iraq’s economic treasure.
Contracted through an Iraqi-owned co., the center is designed to spur green practices among Joint Base Balad’s waste mgt ops by creating a hub for recyclables to be collected and shipped to recycling plants throughout Iraq. In the past, recyclables that are collected are either burned in incinerators or stockpiled throughout various holding areas on post. With the new recycling center, large amounts of aluminum, glass, plastics, cardboard and steel products are instead packed up and shipped to recycling centers near Baghdad and sold on the Iraqi market.
“This is a great day for Joint Base Balad because we’ve solved a problem that’s been present here for a long time, and it’s a great day because we have yet another opportunity to help the local economy,” said Brig. Gen. Brian Bishop, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing and installation cmdr.
“With the addition of this center, Joint Base Balad looks to reduce its trash volume by literally tons a day,” said Col. Kenneth Newlin, deputy cmdr of the 76th IBCT. “The center will also have the ability to drive new industries here and allow us to aggressively seek a new market for plastics recycling locally.”


Al Doura Refinery Looking for Alternative Energy Sources

By Erich Langer

Established in 1955, the al Doura Refinery, located in south central Baghdad, has the capacity to produce 90,000 barrels per day of diesel and gasoline product. Minister of Oil Directorate Gen., Dathar Taheen, is spearheading a GoI-funded refinery construction program that will increase the Doura Refinery’s production capacity by an additional 140,000 barrels per day.

BAGHDAD — In the Doura district of Baghdad, security is improved near one of Iraq’s older oil refineries.  Al Doura refinery, a rusting relic of Saddam’s pervasive neglect of oil infrastructure, wouldn’t seem to be the likely bastion of wind and solar energy for Iraqi leadership.
Dathar Taheen, directorate gen. and gen. mgr of Midland Refinery Co. for the Ministry of Oil, has many responsibilities at al Doura.  Most of his hours are spent trying to keep the refineries under his charge producing diesel and gasoline to feed the nation’s growing thirst for petroleum products.
His other principle challenge is getting enough crude oil from the Basra oilfields of southern Iraq. For his refinery ops to operate efficiently, he must have abundant supplies of raw crude to generate refined products.
The directorate general deals with all too common pipeline flow disruptions – spurring from maintenance neglect, insurgent attacks and common thievery. He also manages daily logistical issues associated with trucking gasoline to Baghdad area petrol stations.
“Going green isn’t just a trend in the U.S. and other western nations,” said Taheen.  “I am an oilman so I should be interested in all types of energy. We think we are a little behind in researching and developing alternative energy sources; we are an oil producing country but this is no reason not to look toward the future.”
Of particular interest is tapping into wind and solar energy sources. With the assistance and mentorship of engineers from the Gulf Region Division, Taheen thinks he has a plan that can be implemented.
“The people of Iraq need more power and what Dathar Taheen is proposing is going to supply more power,” said Gary Vogler, GRD energy sector engineer who worked with Taheen since 2003. “If the electricity is directed to the refinery there will be more power on the grid for the rest of the population. Also, in the rural areas that have little or no connectivity to the grid, the solar panels and wind farms he wants to bring to Iraq could help satisfy these isolated pockets’ quest for power.”
With Vogler’s assistance, and guidance from officials with MNF – Iraq’s Energy Fusion Cell, Taheen is assembling a team of resource professionals that can assist his move from the drawing board to implementation.


Iraqi, Coalition Commanders Assess Security

By Army Pfc. Michael Schuch

Maj. Gen. Qassim shared concepts for further increasing the Iraqi SF’ capabilities in the region with Army Col. Pat White, cmdr. of 2nd BCT, July 8.
U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Michael Schuch.

FOB HAMMER —  “No matter the op, [the Iraqi SF] are capable of providing the necessary forces,” Qassim said. “For any needs that arise, we are ready.”  Qassim also discussed terrorism and extremist activity in the region and compared previous years to the current state of security. “When CF came to the Madain Qada, terrorism covered much of the qada,” Qassim said. “Now, because of the joint efforts of coalition and ISF, it has dropped significantly.”
Col. White told Qassim that he would like to implement weigh stations in the region, much like those on highways in the United States.  “By doing this,” he explained, “we will be able to monitor shipments entering the qada by creating a station the trucks must stop at to be weighed, scanned and possibly searched to ensure that nothing is entering that shouldn’t.”
The leaders said they see continuing success in the cooperative efforts between Iraqi and CF.  “ISF performing and leading ops are becoming a common occurrence,” Qassim said. “Nearly all planning and ops are being done by ISF with support from CF. With our cooperation, we can continue to work toward our shared goal to get terrorism out of the Madain.”


Lake Security

Gunner’s Mate Seaman Jose Caro, assigned to Rinerine Sqdrn 3, watches the open water while conducting a security patrol in Lake Quadsiyah near Haditha, July 5.  RIVRON-3 patrols the area waterways to help ensure safety and security in Al Anbar province.
Photo by Col. Seth Maggard


Ram Power

U.S. Marines with personnel security detail, 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, Ground Combat Element, MNF-W, make way for some animals while conducting “Op Defeat AQI, July 7.


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