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Operation Black Eagle Update: Militia resistance subsiding

Multi-National Force-Iraq

Saturday, 07 April 2007
Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
APO AE 09342

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RELEASE No. 20070407-17
April 7, 2007

Operation Black Eagle Update: Militia resistance subsiding
4th BCT (Abn.), 25th Inf. Div. Public Affairs
Multi-National Division – Baghdad

AD DIWANIYAH, Iraq — Iraqi Army soldiers along with Multi-National Division – Baghdad and Multi-National Division – Center South forces continued Operation Black Eagle in the city of Ad Diwaniyah today to continue disruption of militia activity and return security and stability of the city back to the government of Iraq.

Soldiers of the 8th Iraqi Army Division supported by Soldiers and paratroopers from Multi-National Division-Baghdad and Multi-National Division- Center South began Operation Black Eagle early April 6 in response to the recent violence threatening to destabilize the region.

“Fighting was less steady than yesterday’s actions. Our assessment is that our operations are being effective,” said Maj. Eric Verzola, spokesman for MND-B’s 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division. In the second day of the operation, one illegally-armed militia fighter was killed by Coalition fixed-wing aircraft.

Currently, there are 39 militia personnel detained and being held for further questioning.

Besides the detention of militia members, several weapons and ammunition caches were found.

The caches included 27 90mm rockets, six claymore mines, five crates of C-4 explosives, eight explosively formed projectiles, four EFP cones and other EFP-making materials, one roll of detonation cord, 14 hand grenades, 12 blasting caps for explosives, six rolls of copper wire, one global positioning system, 13 fully-loaded AK-47 ammunition magazines, 900 PKC machine gun ammunition rounds, two PKC machine gun barrels, one PKC machine gun butt stock, one ortar system sight, and five ballistic vests.

During the operation, one Coalition vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device. Ammunition and fuel ignited and destroyed the vehicle and three Coalition soldiers were wounded, receiving minor cuts and bruises.

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FOR QUERIES, CONTACT MULT-NATIONAL DIVISION - BAGHDAD PUBLIC AFFAIRS, MAJOR STEVEN LAMB BY E-MAIL AT STEVEN.LAMB@MNDB. ARMY.MIL; OR BY PHONE AT COMMERCIAL (914) 822-8174 OR IRAQNA 011-964-890-192-4674.



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