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Operation Al Nasir Al Ahmar

May 26, 2007

Iraqi soldiers and U.S. paratroopers joined forces to conduct Operation Al Nasir Al Ahmar ("Red Eagle," in English), a battalion-sized cordon and search operation in the northern section of the Adhamiyah District May 26, 2007.

The 3rd "War Eagle" Battalion, 1st Brigade, 11th Iraqi Army Division was the main effort for the operation, with support provided by paratroopers from 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment.

The purpose of the operation was to disrupt insurgent activity in the Suleikh neighborhood. It was conceived and planned by the Iraqis based on their own intelligence assets.

The night before the operation, the Iraqis contacted the 2-319th "Black Falcons," their Coalition partners, to ask for help with the operation. When the operation commenced at dawn the next morning, the Black Falcons were there to provide additional manpower and security for the mission.