Task Force “All American”, Iraqi Police Conduct Successful Operations

AR RAMADI, Iraq – The 82nd Airborne Division and its subordinate units, also known as Task Force “All American”, continued missions yesterday to capture enemy personnel who continue violence against coalition forces and the people of Al Anbar.

During the last 24 hours, the 82nd Airborne Division and subordinate elements conducted 188 patrols, 17 of which were joint patrols with Iraqis, and carried out one cordon and search. Eight enemy personnel were captured during these operations. No soldiers were wounded from enemy contact. Entry was denied to 182 personnel at the border crossing at Trebil – all due to insufficient documentation. No one was turned away at Tanif, Husaybh, or Ar Ar.

This morning in 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division’s area, soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment conducted a joint cordon and search mission with the Al Haswah police. The operation’s objective was to capture personnel responsible for the recent attack on the Al Haswah Police Station. The operation was based on information provided by the local police and resulted in the capture of six enemy personnel and the confiscation of various small arms.

In 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division’s area, an Iraqi train en route to Habbaniyah was attacked with an RPG. The round impacted the locomotive and disabled the train. Soldiers from 1st Brigade responded to the attack and secured the site. When they arrived, the train was not on fire, but had been abandoned. The train was carrying concrete force protection barriers, which prevented looters from taking anything more than the engine’s batteries. The local police took control of the site yesterday evening.

Soldiers from 1st Brigade discovered a cache east of Ar Ramadi. The site contained 24 RPG rounds, an RPG launcher, thousands of rounds of ammunition, and a box of explosives.

Soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division, 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment, and the 1st Infantry Division continue to work with the people of Al Anbar to secure a safe environment.