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December 27, 2003
Release Number: 03-12-67


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


TASK FORCE "ALL-AMERICAN" CONDUCTS AIRSTRIKE TO DESTROY ENEMY SAFE HOUSE

AR RAMADI, Iraq - Task Force "All-American's" Operation Stocking Stuffer is complete.

This morning, Air Force F-16 fighters from the 510th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron dropped two joint direct attack munitions (JDAM) bombs to destroy an abandoned two-story house known to be a launching pad for attacks against Coalition Forces. The house had been utilized on six different occasions to attack Coalition Forces and is located three kilometers northwest of Khalidiyah.

Soldiers from Task Force 1-34 cordoned off the area to provide safety and security for the community. The enlisted terminal attack controller (ETAC) coordinated the terminal control with the F-16 pilots.

The house was known to harbor insurgents; also, there were improvised explosive device-making materials in the house that were destroyed in the attack.

By providing a cordoned safety net before munitions were dropped, the soldiers of Task Force "All-American" displayed to the Iraqi people that established priorities are in place to ensure safety for the innocent civilians in the area.

Capabilities for launching attacks against Coalition Forces were reduced by this action.

The positive relations between the Coalition and Iraqi people are maintained, as this action brought more security to the area.

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