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February 17, 2004
Release Number: 04-02-35


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


ICDC, TF ALL AMERICAN SECURE THE AL ANBAR REGION

AR RAMADI, Iraq - During the last 24 hours, Iraqi Civil Defense Corps forces conducted 15 independent patrols.

Task Force All American conducted 207 patrols (including 10 joint patrols), cleared two small caches, and executed three offensive operations - cordon and searches in Fallujah, Ar Ramadi, and Husaybah.

Task Force All American had five contacts with the enemy since Feb. 15. Soldiers discovered and disarmed five improvised explosive devices before they could be detonated, killed three enemy and captured 16 enemy personnel.

Yesterday, 2,705 people and 51 buses crossed back into Iraq at Ar Ar as they returned from the Hajj. To date, 31,416 people have returned from Saudi Arabia through the 82nd Airborne Division's area of operations and an estimated 300 additional pilgrims are waiting for transportation near Ar Ar in Saudi Arabia.

Feb. 16 at 1 a.m. in 3rd Brigade's area of operations, soldiers conducted a cordon and search south of Fallujah to kill or capture Dr. Yasim Hamdi Asef and Sadun Misha. Both targets are believed to be anti-Coalition cell leaders operating in the Fallujah region. The operation resulted in significant direct fire contact with enemy forces and an AC-130 gunship assisted. Coalition forces killed one enemy combatant while capturing nine others, including Sadun (Misha).

Soldiers also conducted a cordon and search of two households suspected of housing foreign fighters in Ar Ramadi. The houses were also believed to contain a cache of small arms weapons and contraband. The operation was conducted without incident and resulted in the capture of five enemy
personnel.

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