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Operation 'Together Forward' Expands Into Northeast Baghdad

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2006 – Iraqi security forces, supported by Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers, expanded their combined security effort into the Adhamiyah neighborhood of northeast Baghdad today in support of “Operation Together Forward.”

The combined operations are being led by the soldiers of 1st Brigade, 9th Iraqi Army Division and 2nd Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, officials in Iraq said. They are supported by Iraqi National Police from 1st Brigade, 1st National Police Division and soldiers from 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team.

The operations are designed to reduce the level of murders, kidnappings, assassinations, terrorism and sectarian violence in northern Baghdad and to reinforce the Iraqi government’s control in the country’s capital city, officials said.

The combined forces will secure the district by conducting cordon-and-search operations of the entire area and all of its buildings.

“The Iraqi security forces and the Iraqi government are in the lead in planning and conducting these combined operations,” said Army Maj. Gen. James D. Thurman, commanding general, Multinational Division Baghdad. “We continue to work alongside them in their endeavors to reduce sectarian violence, which has resulted in a 36 percent reduction of murders across the city of Baghdad since we began earlier this month.”

Since Aug. 7, Operation Together Forward has enhanced security for the people of the Doura, Ameriya, Ghazaliyah and Shula neighborhoods of Baghdad.

(From a Multinational Corps Iraq news release.)

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