Operation Cobra Strike
Soldiers from 4th Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Brigade, 8th Iraqi Army Division with soldiers from Company B, 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division conducted Operation Cobra Strike during April in northern Babil province.
Operation Cobra Strike was a mission to locate the suspected leader and financier of a terrorist cell working in the area. The suspects were implicated in murders, kidnappings and the emplacement of roadside bombs in Haswah and Iskandariyah.
Iraqi leadership planned the scheme of maneuver for the operation. Coalition forces were on hand to provide an advisory role and blocking positions on the outer cordon of the objectives. American Soldiers and their Iraqi counterparts conducted combined missions since 2nd Bn., 8th Inf. Regt., arrived in theater in early December. This was the first mission solely orchestrated by the Iraqi Army.