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Operation Black Eagle: Iraqi general notes 'great success'

Multi-National Force-Iraq

Sunday, 08 April 2007
Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
APO AE 09342

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RELEASE No. 20070408-03
April 8, 2007

Operation Black Eagle: Iraqi general notes ‘great success’
Multi-National Division – Baghdad PAO

DIWANIYAH, Iraq — Soldiers from the Iraqi Army and the Coalition force entered their third day of fighting against illegally-armed militia in Diwaniyah in order to secure the city and provide stability to the region.

During the second day of Operation Black Eagle, clashes between the Iraqi Army and militia members continued.

“So far, we have achieved great success fighting the terrorists,” said Maj. Gen. Oothman Faroud, commander of the 8th Iraqi Army Division, which is leading the assault. “We have freed the people of Diwaniyah from the murder and intimidation that has plagued the city 24 hours a day, seven days a week for months.”

The 8th IA Div. and their Coalition counterparts from Multi-National Division-Center South and Multi-National Division-Baghdad have uncovered many large caches of weapons including several explosively formed projectiles and improvised explosive device making factories. They have also uncovered caches of EFPs and IEDs along with homemade explosives and other bomb-making material across the city.

The operation has netted 39 militia members, and killed several more during sporadic fire fights. Two wanted terrorists were captured on the first day of Operation Black Eagle. Both of these detainees have taken part in attacks against Iraqi Security Forces, Coalition troops and innocent civilian targets.

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