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Operation Commando Eagle

June 21, 2007

Operation Commando Eagle began on June 21 2007. The operation targeted a series of houses which local citizens indicated were being used by al-Qaeda cells to intimidate them and launch attacks against Iraqi and Coalition Forces just south of Baghdad.

The operation was a mix of helicopter-borne air assaults and Humvee-mounted movements, and included Soldiers from several battalions of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) out of Fort Drum, N.Y., and the 4th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division.

Troops of the 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd BCT, detained three men when their truck was found to contain documents requesting rockets as well as a spool of copper wire, commonly used to build improvised explosive devices.

Operation Commando Eagle was part of Operation Phantom Thunder, the largest operation since the beging of the invasion in 2003, and was timed in conjunction with a larger Multi National Division-Center operation, coined Marne Torch.

Commando Eagle was named after the 2nd BCT, known as the Commandos, and the 4th Bde, 6th IA, called the Baghdad Eagles.