Dear Interested Readers,
The Mom of a son in Iraq notified me that she spotted his picture in one of our Updates! It doesn't get any better than that! During these intense days of enemy confrontations, I've a backlog of success stories of capturing, killing criminals, and uncovering weapon caches. I've kept the hours of some of the engagements in the stories as they begin as early as 1am. There are special stories of saving the life of a young Iraqi teenager, and the signing up of more SoIs.
Multi-National Corps - Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
APO AE 09342
March 31, 2008
Air weapons team engages, kills 12 criminals
BAGHDAD - MND-Baghdad soldiers killed 12 criminals after a small arms and rocket-propelled grenade attack in northern Baghdad, March 30.
At approx. 1 a.m., a 3rd BCT, 4th ID patrol was attacked, and Soldiers pursued the criminals as they fled. An AWT arrived on scene to provide support engaged and killed the 12 individuals.
"We are exercising great effort to protect the people of Baghdad," said Lt. Col. Steve Stover, MND-B spokesman. "We are only targeting criminals and those acting outside the rule of law. We will continue to defend ourselves and the citizens of Baghdad."
Soldiers, Airmen save Iraqi teen injured by IED
KIRKUK - On his way home from working in his family's field, Rahmey didn't see the hidden IED until it was too late. Staggering for home after the blast, the 13-year-old Iraqi boy had no way to know that his life would be saved by the quick, selfless actions of Army Soldiers and Air Force Airmen, March 27.
"I heard and saw the explosion from my window," said Arif Jarew, Rahmey's father. It wasn't long before his son stumbled in with shrapnel wounds riddling his knee, leg and chest. "I was panicked, there was blood coming from his mouth," Jarew said. "My son was dying. He had blood everywhere."
With his son in his arms, he ran out to the street to flag down passing motorists for help. "Then I saw a convoy of American Soldiers," he said. Jarew was a little wary of asking for help from CF.
"We saw some Iraqis waving us to stop and one was cradling a kid," said Pfc. Jeffrey Parson the patrol's medic. The Soldiers from the 1st Bde, 10th Mtn Div began treating what they thought were gunshot wounds. "There was blood coming from the kid's mouth and his wounds, so we treated the bleeding first," Parson said. The patrol radioed FOB McHenry in the Hawijah district of the Ta' Mim Province. A medevac helicopter arrived a few precious minutes after receiving the call to transport Rahmey and his father to the FOB.
"He's a very lucky boy," said Air Force Capt. Gabriel Rulewicz, a military surgeon. "He'll need some surgery to remove the shrapnel, but we've stabilized him for transport to a hospital in Kirkuk. It's a perfect ending to what could have quickly resulted in the opposite," he said. But to one Iraqi father, this ending was more than perfect, it was more than he would have believed. "I did not know how caring U.S. Soldiers are. I could not believe how well they treated my son and me," Jarew said. "I am so thankful to everyone who saved my son's life."
Soldiers from the 1st Bde, load the Iraqi teenager onto a medevac helicopter.
Army and Air Force doctors treat Rahmey. Arif Jarew listens to a CF doctor through an interpreter as she tells him about his son's condition.
SOI sign up in Tuz ceremony
TUZ - More than 750 Iraqis demonstrated their support for peace and the Iraqi Govt as they signed up to become an Abna al-Iraq, or SoI, in Tuz, March 28.
"Our choice is to recognize our govt," said Tribal Sheik Sami prior to signing a contract at ceremony in Tuz. "Today, the citizens of Tuz acknowledge there will be personal sacrifices that will have to be made to ensure security is maintained here, but we choose peace and agree to cooperate with our SF and the CF that are here to help us."
Throughout the region, the program has already stood-up nearly 9,000 SOI's since its inception in December. Due to the program's continuing success, criminal elements in Iraq are diminishing.
"I would not think a program like this could succeed a year ago," said Tahir, 36, a villager of Muftal. "But you hear and see more and more people becoming involved with stopping criminal activity."
A tribal leader from Tuz, Iraq Sheik Sami signs a contract agreeing to assist in security efforts.
Sheik Sami swears an Iraqi oath to assist in security efforts in the region.
A tribal sheik speaks with Col. David Paschal, the 1st Bde, 10th Mtn Div cmdr.
Iraqi Army, MND-C Soldiers discover EFP cache
ISF, CF discover six caches
TIKRIT - Iraqi and CF Soldiers discovered 6 weapons caches across northern Iraq, March 28. Five were discovered in Salah ad Din and 1 in Diyala province.
In the past two days, nearly 20 caches have been found from tips provided by the DDR program.
ISF, advised by U.S. SOF, detain 10 suspected AQI in separate ops
BALAD - Iraqi SF, advised by U.S. SF, detained 10 suspected AQI members in separate ops, March 29.
East of Fallujah, IA Scouts detained one suspected AQI leader. This suspect is believed to be responsible for IED attacks in March and June of 2007, which resulted in the deaths of several CF members. Recent intel reports have linked him and his terrorist network to several kidnappings and murders in the al-Bassam area.
In the village of Makhiat, near Mosul, IA Soldiers detained 4 suspected AQI members and held 5 additional suspects for questioning. They are suspected of violent acts on Iraqi civilians, and Iraqi and CF. They are also suspected of the kidnapping, torture and murder of innocent Iraqi civilians; suicide and IED attacks against Iraqi and CF; as well as video recording violent attacks for AQI propaganda.
ISF, CF kill 8 criminals, detain 2 others in Baghdad
BAGHDAD - March 30, at 6 a.m., Soldiers from 2nd BCT, 101st Abn Div, were at a checkpoint in the Kadamiyah district when they reported receiving small-arms fire coming from the north. The Soldiers were approached by criminals on foot, and an AWT was called in to fire on them. The aerial strike killed 3 criminals and injured one.
At 7 a.m., Soldiers from 4th BCT, 10th Mtn Div, detained a criminal in the Karkh district based on suspicion of being highly involved with smuggling explosively formed penetrators and with ties to the fighting in Basra.
At 11:15 a.m., Soldiers from 4th BCT, 10th Mtn. Div. engaged and killed a criminal who was emplacing an IED in New Baghdad.
At approx. noon, Soldiers from 1st BN., 2nd Stryker Cav. Regt. reported encountering a complex attack involving small-arms fire and attacks from rocket-propelled grenades while patrolling in eastern Baghdad. The Soldiers engaged and killed 3 criminals.
At 1 p.m., Iraqi Soldiers arrested an Iraqi man after he was searched at a security checkpoint in Kadamiyah. The man was found to be carrying a large amount of illegal ammo.
At 3:40 p.m., Soldiers from 4th BCT, 10th Mtn. Div. reported receiving 5 mortar rounds at JSS al-Khansa in New Baghdad. The Soldiers fired 3 rounds to counter the attack, then a sniper from the unit engaged and killed one of the criminals. The Soldiers requested an air strike, which destroyed the criminals' mortar tube.
"We will be relentless in our pursuit of those breaking the law," said Lt. Col. Steve Stover, MND-B spokesman. "If these criminals continue to attack innocent Iraqis and CF, we will pursue them and bring them to justice."
MND-B Soldiers kill 25 criminals
BAGHDAD - In eastern Baghdad, March 30, Soldiers from 4th BCT, 10th Mtn Div, were traveling in a combat patrol to investigate a possible point of origin for an indirect fire attack when their MRAP vehicle was struck by an IED.
While attempting to secure a second IED, they were attacked with indirect fire, rocket propelled grenades and small-arms fire from a house in the vicinity of the IED strike. An AWT was called in to support the Soldiers on the ground. A mortar team was spotted on the roof of the house where the attack was coming from, and the AWT defended the Soldiers on the ground and killed 25 criminals. One Soldier was injured in the IED attack.
"We will defend ourselves when attacked by armed criminals," said Lt. Col. Steven Stover, MND-B spokesman. "We are not the aggressors, but we will defend ourselves and the Iraqi people with all resources available to us."
MND-B Soldiers kill 8 criminals in separate operations
BAGHDAD - Late March 29 and early March 30, while on patrol in northeast Baghdad, Soldiers from 1st Sqdrn, 2nd Stryker Cav Regt encountered and engaged a 3-man rocket-propelled grenade team, killing all 3.
MND-B Soldiers later came under fire by a 3-man gun team on a nearby rooftop. The soldiers returned fire in self-defense and killed the 3 criminals.
While manning a checkpoint in Kadhamiyah, soldiers from 1st Sqdrn, 75th Cav Regt were attacked and called in an Apache AWT for support. They fired 2 Hellfire missiles and killed 2 criminals.
MND-N captures key criminal in Diyala
BAQUBA - Soldiers with the 4th Stryker BCT, 2nd ID captured a key criminal leader in Diyala province near Sadiyah, March 29.
The suspect is believed to be the leader of a criminal cell operating in the Khalis area and is accused of numerous IED attacks. He is also believed to be an explosives expert who leads more than 300 criminals.
Another key criminal was also detained during the op. The second detainee is suspected of posing as an Iraqi policeman and has been implicated in the murder of 20 Iraqis and the burning of their homes. Two other individuals were also detained.
"(These) are dangerous individuals who have been at the center of criminal activity in the area for some time now, and we are actively looking for their associates," said Maj. Mike Garcia, MND-N spokesman.
MND-N Soldiers support ground troops in Iraq
An M109A6 Paladin fires its 155 mm Howitzer outside Mosul, in support of ground forces. The Howitzer, with the howitzer battery, 3rd ACR fired illumination rounds, to expose enemy movement in Mosul.
Chief of Section, Staff Sgt. Freddy Perdue confirms a 155 mm illumination round as Gunner, Spc. James Simpson and Cannoneer, Pfc. Brian Chandler load the round into the breach of their M109A6 Paladin.
Staff Sgt. Perdue and Spc. Simpson prepare to fire a 155 mm illumination round from their M109A6 Paladin. These Soldiers are from howitzer battery from Fort Hood, Texas.
MND-B Soldiers kill 2 Special Groups criminals
BAGHDAD - MND-Baghdad soldiers killed 2 armed Special Groups criminals at approx. 5 a.m., March 30. The criminals were responsible for an earlier IED attack in the Fadaliyah area of New Baghdad.
A helicopter AWT from 4th BCT, 10th Mtn Div (Light), engaged the criminals, who were hiding in a courtyard after carrying out the attack on soldiers from 2nd Bn, 16th Inf Regt.