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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

March 21, 2004
Release Number: 04-03-42


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Update on Operation Iron Promise, Day 3

BAGHDAD, Iraq - In day three of Operation Iron Promise, Task Force 1st
Armored Division continues to target known enemy locations and
aggressively carry out cordon and search operations looking for Former
Regime Elements and other extremists who pose a threat to the Iraqi
people and stand in the way of a new Iraq.

The Task Force completed three offensive missions in support of
Operation Iron Promise. Seven enemy personnel were captured. Task Force Soldiers seized three AK-47 assault rifles, four rocket-propelled grenades and four RPG rounds, two hand grenades, a 122n artillery shell and improvised
explosive devise making materials.

The task Force conducted 34 joint patrols out of a total of 512.
Soldiers also completed 43 escort missions.

Enemy action against the Task Force included one RPG, small-arms, and
IED attacks. Six Soldiers were wounded but all were retuned to duty.

These military operations along with many other actions involving U.S.
and Iraqi Defense and police forces are an ongoing campaign to bring
stabilization and security to the country and people of Iraq.

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