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Insanity – US launches air offensive

Update (1:16pm): The air offensive is being called ‘Operation Swarmer’.

From the Associated Press:

The U.S. military said the offensive dubbed Operation Swarmer was aimed at clearing ‘a suspected insurgent operating area’ northeast of Samarra and was expected to continue over several days.

‘More than 1,500 Iraqi and Coalition troops, over 200 tactical vehicles, and more than 50 aircraft participated in the operation,’ the military statement said.

(snip)

The operation, residents said, appeared to be concentrated near four villages _ Jillam, Mamlaha, Banat Hassan and Bukaddou _ about 20 miles north of Samarra. The villages are near the highway leading from Samarra to the city of Adwar.

Waqas al-Juwanya, a spokesman for Iraq’s joint coordination center in nearby Dowr, said ‘unknown gunmen exist in this area, killing and kidnapping policemen, soldiers and civilians.’

Near the end of the first day of the operation, the military said, ‘a number of enemy weapons caches have been captured, containing artillery shells, explosives, IED-making materials, and military uniforms.’

It said the attack began with soldiers from the Iraqi army’s 1st Brigade, 4th Division, the U.S. 101st Airborne Division’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team and the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade conducting a combined air and ground assault to isolate the objective area.

Air power backed the operation and delivered troops from the Iraq army’s 4th Division, the Rakkasans from 1st and 3rd Battalions, 187th Infantry Regiment and the Hunters from 2nd Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment to multiple objectives.

The military said forces from the 2nd Commando Brigade then completed a ground infiltration to secure numerous structures in the area.

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(12:09pm) Today – almost 3 years to the day that the US invaded Iraq – the US has launched a major air offensive against insurgents in the Salahuddin province north of Baghdad. Guess the WH has given up on winning the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people.

From MSNBC

The U.S. military said on Thursday it had launched its biggest air offensive in Iraq since the 2003 invasion of the country.

A military statement said the operation involving more than 50 aircraft and 1,500 Iraqi and U.S. troops as well as 200 tactical vehicles targeted suspected insurgents operating in Salahuddin, a province that includes Samarra, a town located 60 miles north of Baghdad.

‘Initial reports from the objective area indicate that a number of enemy weapons caches have been captured, containing artillery shells, explosives, IED-making materials, and military uniforms,’ the military said in a statement. IEDs are improvised explosive devices.

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March 16, 2006 - Posted by | Government, Iraq, US Military, War

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