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CENTCOM NEWS RELEASE
HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND
7115 South Boundary Boulevard
MacDill AFB, Fla. 33621-5101
Phone: (813) 827-5894; FAX: (813) 827-2211; DSN 651-5894

June 29, 2003
Release Number: 03-06-100


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


OPERATION SIDEWINDER BEGINS

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Coalition forces launched Operation Sidewinder which is the third in a series of operations focused on rooting out various subversive elements attempting to undermine coalition efforts to restore basic infrastructure and stability in Iraq as Operation Scorpion comes to a close. Operation Peninsula Strike was the first operation.

On the first night of Operation Sidewinder, Coalition forces conducted 23 raids resulting in 61 individuals being detained. Confiscated weapons include 14 AK-47s, two shotguns and assorted ammunition.

During Operation Desert Scorpion which lasted from June 15 to June 29, the 4th Infantry Division and the 1st Armored Division conducted multiple raids resulting in 1,330 individuals being detained. Confiscated weapons include 497 AK-47s, 235 hand grenades, 124 rocket-propelled grenades, 22 machine guns, 130 pistols and 100 rifles and 8,122 rounds of ammunition. The division also confiscated $9,463,000 in U.S. dollars, 1,557,000,000 in Iraqi Dinars, 1,071 bars of gold and 52 vehicles.

Coalition forces continued aggressive patrols and raids throughout the country over the last 24 hours, conducting 1,317 day patrols and 1,053 night patrols. They also jointly patrolled with the Iraqi Police conducting 213 day patrols and 161 night patrols. The total patrols and raids resulted in 128 arrests for various criminal activities including one murder arrest in Baghdad.

For additional information contact:
CJTF-7 COALITION PRESS INFORMATION CENTER
914 360 5082/5089

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