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HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND
7115 South Boundary Boulevard
MacDill AFB, Fla. 33621-5101
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December 7, 2003
Release Number: 03-12-13


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


"ALL AMERICAN" TASK FORCE - Summary of Operations - Dec 7

AR RAMADI, IRAQ - The 82nd Airborne Division and attached units, also known as Task Force "All American," continued operations within the Al Anbar province to provide security and assistance to the Iraqi people. These missions continue to move Iraq toward a free and sovereign nation.

During the past 24 hours, the 82nd Airborne Division and subordinate units have conducted three offensive operations; two cordon and searches and one raid. Soldiers conducted 177 patrols, including nine joint patrols with the Iraqi Border Guard and Iraqi police. During these operations, one enemy was killed and seven were captured.

In 3rd Brigade's area of responsibility, elements conducted a raid to capture two brothers in Musayyib who have been funding anti-coalition activities through counterfeit currency efforts. The operation was a success and resulted in the capture of one of the two brothers.

In 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment's area of responsibility, elements were conducting a reconnaissance of a suspected ambush location. Two Kiowa OH-58 helicopters observing the area were engaged with small arms fire. The aircraft immediately returned fire resulting in one enemy soldier killed. A supporting ground element searched a nearby house where the personnel had fled - resulting in the capture of three males. A subsequent search of the area yielded miscellaneous weapon components.

Soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division, 1st Infantry Division, and 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment remain committed to rebuilding Iraq and ending violence throughout the Al Anbar province.

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