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January 4, 2005
Release Number: 05-01-21


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


SECURITY REINFORCEMENTS ARRIVE IN MOSUL, INITIATE JOINT OPS WITH IRAQI SFS

MOSUL, IRAQ- Elements of the 82nd Airborne Division, the 81st Enhanced Separate Brigade, 6th Brigade of Iraqi Commandos and additional elements of the 25th Infantry Division reinforced Task Force Olympia and began combined Iraqi Security Force and Multi-National Force operations to ensure security for the January 30 elections.

Currently there are 12 combat battalions of both Iraqi Security Forces and Multi-National Forces operating in Multi-National Brigade Northwest.

All units in Mosul operate under the command and control of Task Force Olympia within Multi-National Brigade Northwest area of operations.

The increase in MNF and ISF will ensure security and stability during the elections as Iraqis participate in the first-ever democratic election in Iraq.



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