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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

November 23, 2003
Release Number: 03-11-37


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


TASK FORCE "ALL-AMERICAN" OPERATIONS CONTINUE TO MAKE IRAQ SAFER

AR RAMADI, Iraq - The 82nd Airborne Division, also known as Task Force "All American," conducted missions over the past 24 hours aimed at rebuilding Iraq and defeating former regime loyalists, criminals, and terrorists in order to help establish a free and independent nation.

The 82nd Airborne Division conducted 28 offensive operations, including 26 raids, and 160 patrols, including 14 joint patrols with the Iraqi Border Guard and Iraqi police. During these operations, there were 60 enemy personnel captured.

Soldiers from the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment continued Operation Rifles Blitz. During the last 24 hours, 31 enemy personnel have been captured and various small arms weapons have been confiscated. Yesterday's raids netted eight individuals who were targeted for specific crimes against the coalition and the Iraqi people. The Iraqi police participated in all of the individual missions.

This afternoon, in 3rd Brigade's area of operation, a demonstration was held near Mahmudiyah consisting of approximately 200 personnel. The gathering was non-violent and the people marched along Highway 8 from north to south into the city. The crowd carried anti-US and anti-Israeli banners, but was dispersed without incident by local police.

Civil affairs team attended the Fallujah City Council meeting to verify that the Fallujah mayor had resigned. The newly formed Fallujah Provisional Authority appointed the former city manager mayor. The FPA is composed of 27 members from local tribes, professionals, and Imams and will replace the current sheik council in the city. Civil affairs teams also completed assessments on three local schools in Ar Ramadi and identified the schools' needs for renovation. These school repairs will have a positive effect on over 1000 students per year. Civil affairs soldiers established a Civil Military Operations Center in support of Operations Rifles Blitz and have begun to make compensation payments as well as reward payments.

Soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division, 1st Infantry Division, and 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment remain committed to establishing peace in Iraq and assisting the Iraqi population in reconstruction efforts. The troops will continue these helpful missions daily until meeting the goal of a free, independent Iraq.


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