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Defense Department Report, August 8: Iraq Update

08 August 2005

Multiple operations concentrate on terrorism eradication

Efforts by Iraqi and coalition forces to increase the pressure on indigenous and foreign forces that have been working to disrupt lives and livelihoods in Iraq are having a positive effect, according to U.S. military sources.

“Operation Able Warrior,” for example, has pulled in 40 terrorist suspects operating west of Baghdad International Airport.  The operation has specifically targeted those who have been responsible for a deadly wave of roadside bombs.

Army Lieutenant Colonel Thomas Carden is quoted in an August 7 new release issued by the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) as saying Able Warrior will help the Iraqi Security Forces take more control of day-to-day operations.  “We want to set the Iraq Army up for success,” he said.

Meanwhile in western Iraq, 180 Iraqi Security and Special Operations Forces are focused on disrupting hostile forces, especially foreign terrorists, in the areas of Barwanah, Haditha and Haqliniyah.  This is all part of “Operation Quick Strike.”

A recent dragnet in the Mosul area picked up a Syrian national who was allegedly distributing terrorist propaganda, according to an August 8 release issued by the Multi-National Force in Iraq.

The Iraqi government is working to improve intelligence coordination and communications as it combats disruptive forces that are fomenting turmoil.

Speaking August 4, Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jafari said Iraqi soldiers and civilians alike are standing up to the insurgents and demonstrating courage on a daily basis in the face of adversity.

(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)



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