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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 20, 2003
Release Number: 03-12-53


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


TASK FORCE "ALL AMERICAN" CAPTURES AGGRESSORS, PROMOTES PEACE

AR RAMADI, Iraq - Soldiers from Task Force "All American" continue missions aimed at assisting local Iraqis in developing a new era of peace and prosperity for all the country's people.

During the last 24 hours, the 82nd Airborne Division and subordinate units conducted 168 patrols, including nine joint patrols with Iraqi national elements.

During the night, the 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment conducted vehicle traffic checkpoint operations, detaining four people. One vehicle approached Coalition Forces at a high rate of speed after passing clearly visible and well-lit signs designating the traffic control point (TCP). The soldiers then fired warning shots, which also failed to slow the vehicle. The vehicle was directly engaged, resulting in one individual being wounded who is being treated and detained and three others being detained.

During the afternoon, soldiers within 3rd Brigade's area of operations were attacked by small arms fire and rocket-propelled grenades (RPG). A quick reaction force comprised of paratroopers from Task Force 1-505 responded to the engagement and cleared the area, capturing three enemy personnel and confiscating a RPG launcher.

Also, civil affairs personnel with 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division inspected the progress of repairs to two water-pumping stations in Abu Ghuraib. The repairs will provide potable water to the area's residents, who have not had a clean water supply for more than 12 years. Also, civil affairs teams with 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division helped outfit the Khalidiyah Police Department with new winter uniforms.

Soldiers from Task Force "All American" continue to foster a positive relationship with the people of Al Anbar. Coalition Forces remain committed to providing a secure and stable environment to the Al Anbar Province.



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