Troop Scoop 7/20/2008

Troop Scoop

Posted: 20 Jul 2008 07:59 AM CDT

Dear Interested Reader,
A girls’ high school opens new sports facilities, making for a lot of grateful students.  IP share their training with other IPs, with our troops acting as mentors. U.S. agricultural advisors monitor the progress of maize seed, and an Oil Refinery in Haditha resumes production.  Many suspected criminals are detained, and more weapons caches seized.
Joanna
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Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
APO AE 09342

July 20, 2008

All-girls high school opens new sports facilities

BAGHDAD – An all-girls high school celebrated the opening of several sports facilities and a new generator, July 16 during a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the Rashid district of southern Baghdad.  The renovation effort stemmed from a partnership with the Rashid District Council, the Ministry of Education and CF.
Capt. Thao Reed, a 1st BCT, 4th ID co. cmdr. encouraged the Karkh II Sports Director of the Education District, Ahmed Abdullah, to establish a girls’ sports program across Rashid, and advised the school board to renovate the school.
The ceremony showcased a new indoor volleyball court, outdoor basketball and volleyball court, and a generator to provide electricity.  “I am thankful for everything and will keep my experiences here today with me for the rest of my life,” said Alia Ahmed, a student at the school and avid athlete.  “I hope we are someday equal to women from other cultures,” Majwed stated. “I hope this is the first step towards a glorious future.”

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A team of young Iraqi girls prepare for a serve during an exhibition volleyball game, July 16 at the Al-Manhel High School for Girls.
(U.S. Army photo by Spc. David Hodge)

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MND-B Soldiers detain five suspected criminals in Rashid

BAGHDAD – Conducting combat ops in the Rashid district of southern Baghdad, Soldiers from the 1st BCT, 4th ID, detained 2 suspected criminal cell members at approx. 11:30 p.m., July, 17 in the Shurta community.
At approx. 2:30 a.m. July 19, Soldiers from the 1st BCT, detained a suspected criminal in the Saydiyah neighborhood.
Also detained were 2 suspected AQI terrorists during an op in the Zubaida neighborhood July 19 at approx. 4:15 a.m.

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MND-B Soldiers detain key suspected criminal in Taji

BAGHDAD –  Soldiers from the 2nd Stryker BCT, 25th ID, detained a highly sought after suspected criminal in Taji, northwest of Baghdad, July 18.  The suspected Special Groups criminal, accused of supporting the insurgency in Iraq by supplying intel reports with the means to target U.S. installations with rockets.

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Karkh policemen share training with fellow IPs

BAGHDAD – Five IP trainers, under CF supervision, are putting their own training into action through a comprehensive one-week course focused on giving instruction to IP in the Karkh Security District of Baghdad.
The course is part of the Police Train-the-Trainer Academy Program, currently being run by Soldiers from the 2nd BCT, 101st Abn Div.  The program focuses on training Karkh Security District police on rifle marksmanship, dismounted patrolling, tactical checkpoint ops, first aid, Iraqi law, crime scene management, IED ID and reaction and searching procedures.
“The IP Training Team did an outstanding job facilitating training for the IP,” 1st Lt. Kevin Smith, a 2nd BCT, 101st Abn. Div. co. cmdr.
Staff Sgt. Christopher Garza, a Coalition trainer facilitates the policeman’s training by providing first-hand mentorship to the trainees.  “I believe the academy is a great program for these policemen,” said Garza. “It’s a part of helping Iraq grow stronger as a nation by constantly developing their SF.”

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MND-B Soldiers, agricultural advisors monitor progress at Abernisha farm

BAGHDAD – MND – Baghdad Soldiers accompanied Daniel Skotnick, agriculture advisor, and Abdullah Al Asoum, economic bi-
lingual, bi-cultural advisor with PRT Baghdad-5, visited a farm in Abernisha Village to monitor the progress of hybrid maize seed delivered there recently, July 13.
The seed, donated by a co. the U.S. Agency Int’l Development sponsors, will be used for growth of high-quality feed for livestock.  The org. is working to revitalize agriculture production In Iraq. “The maize program is the first step in establishing hybrid maize production in Iraq,” said Asoum. “Hybrid strains are cultivated for specific characteristics, such as drought resistance.  When cross-pollinated the resulting hybrid exhibits the desired characteristics.”
Though the project will take some time to fully develop, they expect to see a difference within the next 4 months, said Skotnick.

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A bag of hybrid maize seed lies open at a distribution point in Abernisha Village.
(U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Lyndsey Dransfield)

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Daniel Skotnick, agriculture advisor, and Abdullah Al Asoum speak with a farmer in Abernisha Village.

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ISF detain 2 suspected terrorists, 3 suspected Special Groups criminals in separate ops

BALAD – Iraqi SF detained 2 suspected AQI cell members and 3 suspected Special Groups criminals in ops around central Iraq, July 18.
Baghdad National ERU detained 2 suspected AQI terrorists on Ministry of Interior warrants in the Doura area.  The suspects are believed to be involved in murder, killings, kidnapping, extortion, mortar attacks and IEDs attacks.
Iraqi SF from an-Najaf, al-Hillah and Karbala conducted an op in the village of Hidariyah to capture criminal elements seeking sanctuary in the area, and detained 3 suspected Special Groups criminals and 7 others.

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K3 Oil Refinery resumes production

CAMP FALLUJAH – Govt leaders and top military officials converged on the K3 Oil Refinery July 18 in Haditha to celebrate the facility’s re-emergence in the Iraqi oil infrastructure, as it resumed production after a 3 year break.
“The ability to get the crude oil from up north, bring it down here, refine it, and then have the distribution system that will take it through Anbar is absolutely a critical piece to keeping the Anbar economy moving forward,” said Brig. Gen. Martin Post, the deputy comm. gen. of MNF – West. “It’s important for Iraq, but really important for Anbar.”
The refinery is capable of processing 16,000 barrels of crude oil per day and will create new jobs for the local community. It is expected to increase overall fuel production in Anbar by nearly 40 percent.
“Life has started going back to the way it was before,” said Salah Ibrahim, a mgr. at the K3 Oil Refinery. “Iraq is already starting to recuperate.”

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