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Stepping up the Pressure on the Insurgents

Mahmudiyah, Iraq
- In pre-dawn hours of Jan. 2, several thousand Soldiers and Marines from the 1st Cavalry Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team initiated Operation River Walk, increasing the pressure on insurgents who intimidate the residents in Northern Babil and threaten to disrupt fair elections scheduled later this month.

In the air and on the ground Troopers from the 1st Cavalry Division's 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry; 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, Delta, 9th Cavalry Brigade Recon Troop, and Marines of the 2nd Battalion, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, moved into positions throughout Northern Babil to search for insurgents operating in the area.

"The residents want peace and security," said Lt. Col. Matt Kaufman, executive officer, 2nd Brigade Combat Team. "The insurgents operating in this area will not succeed in their attempts to instill violence among the people of this area. We will ensure that the citizens of south Baghdad are given the opportunity to exercise their right to vote in the upcoming national elections."

Soldiers and Marines are conducting cordon and knock as well as cordon and search operations in many areas of North Babil.

Eighteen individuals suspected of insurgent activities were detained and several weapons caches were discovered.

A cache located in a cemetery included:

300 RPK Rounds

144 AP .50 Cal rounds

75 rocket boosters

32 grenade fuses

25 x130mm artillery rounds

16 rocket propelled grenade rounds

11 x 82mm mortar fuses

10 RPG Fuses

Eight 120mm rockets

Three 82mm mortars

Three 60mm mortar rounds

Two tank Sabot rounds

One RPG Booster

An additional cache containing; 200 RPK rounds, 60mm mortar rounds, 82mm rounds, 45 rpg-7 rounds, four recoilless rifle rounds was consolidated and destroyed by combat engineers.

A separate cache discovered included:

One million Dinar

70,000 7.62mm rounds


800 x 9mm rounds

103 blasting caps

49 x 60mm mortar rounds

31 rocket propelled grenade rounds

25 x 120mm recoilless rifle rounds

25 x 75mm recoilless rifle rounds

10 AK-47's

10 pistols

six additional various rifles

one MP-5 sub machine gun

One flare gun

One complete 60mm mortar system

One night optic


Weapons magazines

Myriad of electronic equipment

An intelligence based search of a suspected improvised explosive device-makers home netted 20 rocket propelled-grenade rounds, eight rifles, five pistols, a 60 mm mortar tube, and assorted electrical equipment pieces.

The operation continues.

Release #050102o

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