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    Iraqi, U.S. Soldiers continue Operation Thundercat

    BAGHDAD, IRAQ

    07.29.2005

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    256th Brigade Combat Team PAO

    CAMP TIGERLAND, Iraq " Operation Thundercat continued July 27 as Iraqi and U.S. Forces captured detainees during a series of cordon-and-search missions in Baghdad.

    The major success of the operation, which began July 24, belonged to 3rd Battalion, 3rd Iraqi Army Brigade, and companies of 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry Regiment, 256th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division.

    At 6 a.m. on July 27, the combined force searched a home in the west Abu Ghraib district of Baghdad, which resulted in the capture of seven suspects. Soldiers also confiscated a computer with terrorist information.

    In the area of Ameriyah, Soldiers of 3rd Battalion, 3rd IA Brigade and B Company, 3rd Battalion, 156th Infantry Regiment, 256th BCT, detained two suspects around 9 p.m. July 26.

    About 12 hours later, 5th Bn., 1st IA and 2nd Bn, 156th Inf. Regiment, 256th BCT captured two more detainees in Hurriyah.

    Lt. Col. Mark C. Jackson from Frankfort, Ill, commander of 2-130th Inf. Bn., said this operation and others like it are critical to the growth of the military force in Iraq.

    "Working the operations with the Iraqi Army has been both a success and a pleasure as the skills and abilities they bring to the fight compliment those of our forces," he said. "It is imperative that we continue working with the Iraqi Army."

    This mission marked the 12th time the 2-130th and IA worked together.

    "We have two intents with this operation," said Col. Ronnie Johnson from New Orleans, La., deputy brigade commander of the 256th BCT. "Number one, is of course, to capture and detain terrorists."

    Johnson said the second intent is to continue the teach-train-mentor process with the Iraqi Army and to empower them to detain and capture the Anti-Iraqi Forces.

    "The 5-1 IA is a fresh bunch and there are some growing pains, which is to be expected," said Johnson. "But that's how they will learn and grow. This operation is another enabler of their strength as a military force."

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    Date Taken: 07.29.2005
    Date Posted: 07.29.2005 12:00
    Story ID: 2592
    Location: BAGHDAD, IQ 

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