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IED emplacers detained during Operation Peregrine II

Multi-National Force-Iraq

Monday, 25 June 2007
Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
APO AE 09342

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RELEASE No. 20070625-02
June 25, 2007

IED emplacers detained during Operation Peregrine II

4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division
Multi-National Division – Center PAO

KALSU, Iraq — As the Paratroopers packed inside the helicopter, engines roared to life and lifted them into the black of night, June 23.

The destination of the Paratroopers was Hawaii, but it was no island paradise, it was the target name for an insurgent stronghold in a village just outside Mahmudiyah.

The Paratroopers from Company C, 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division conducted Operation Peregrine II and captured five members of an insurgent cell in north Babil.

“The operation was a night time air assault to capture several (individuals) that we believe are directly responsible for attacks in our area, including the bombing of a bridge that took the lives of three of our fellow Soldiers,” said 1st Sgt. Karl Zaglauer, first sergeant for Company C. “This was actually the third raid we have conducted in response to the bridge attack.”

The Paratroopers trained and rehearsed for three days in preparation for the mission but at the last minute plans changed.

“Prior to take off we learned that the main target had moved locations,” Zaglauer said. “So, we came up with a hasty plan and our guys executed it flawlessly.”

Even though the Paratroopers made the raid look easy, it did have its problems.

“It was difficult. This was our first air assault, and at the last minute there was a change, but we were flexible and stuck to the basics,” said 1st Lt. Nathaniel Bretz, a platoon leader with Company C.

According to Bretz, several factors added to the difficulty of the operation including the sheer number of houses located within the vicinity of the target.

“Everything was a little more built up than we expected,” he continued. “But, we were able to clear the objective and take five insurgents off of the street.”

More missions of this type are being planned by Company C.

“We like conducting these types of operations because it gives you the element of surprise,” said Capt. Stew Lindsay, commander of Company C.

In all, 19 suspected members of the IED cell have been detained. Company A, 2nd Battalion, 69th Armored Regiment, attached to 377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment, 4th BCT, (ABN), 25th ID, detained 14 insurgents June 24 while conducting a raid south of Baghdad alongside the Iraqi Army.

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