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Operation Moonlight

December 19-21, 2005

Soldiers from 1st Brigade, 1st Iraqi Army Division began Operation Alkamra Almaner (Moonlight) early morning December 19, 2005 in western Al Anbar.

During the operation Iraqi Army soldiers from three Iraqi battalions conducted cordon and knock tactics east of Ubaydi. The Iraqi soldiers were supported by 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines, Regimental Combat Team-2 and 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward).

This was the first large-scale operation planned and executed by Iraqi soldiers of the 1st Brigade in Anbar province. The operation objective of Moonlight was to disrupt insurgent activity along the northern and southern banks of the Euphrates River near Ubaydi. The area directly to the west (include the cities of Husaybah, Karabilah and Ubaydi) was cleared the month before during Operation Steel Curtain which helped enable residents to vote in the December 15, 2005 Iraqi National Elections.

No insurgents were encountered during the operation; however, one Iraqi soldier received minor injuries from a roadside bomb attack. The soldier was treated at the scene and returned to duty. No Iraqi civilian casualties were reported. No air strikes were conducted during the course of the operation.

The operation concluded on December 21, 2005, and netted a weapons cache.