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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

December 8, 2003
Release Number: 03-12-19


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


RAIDS NET CAPTURED PERSONNEL AND EQUIPMENT

The 82d 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. Progress in security is enabling uninterrupted reconstructive efforts. 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 19 offensive operations; 14 cordon and searches and five raids. Soldiers conducted 178 patrols, including eight joint patrols with the Iraqi Border Guard and Iraqi police.

In 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division's areas of operations, paratroopers conducted two simultaneous cordon and searches southeast of Mahmudiyah. The searches resulted in the confiscation of rocket propelled grenade launchers as well as mortar rounds and equipment.

Soldiers from 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division initiated Operation Abilene, consisting of 12 raids and cordon and searches conducted to capture individuals responsible for attacking coalition forces. The operation was successful and resulted in the capture of 12 personnel and confiscation of various weapons.

In 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment's areas of operations, elements conducted a series of five raids in Sadah, a small town east of Husaybah. The mission resulted in the capture of 11 personnel along with four million Iraqi dinar.

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

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