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Operation Copperas Cove

January 12, 2005

Task Force 1st Battalion, 9th Cavalry Regiment, kicked off Operation Copperas Cove on the morning of Jan. 12. The operation targeted the Al-Karkh neighborhoods of Karkh and Sheik Marruf, both of which are known for their hostility. The operation lasted about four hours and involved nearly every unit in Task Force 1-9 Cavalry, including several attached units, such as Company B, 3rd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division, and Company C, 1st Battalion, 153rd Infantry Regiment, 39th Army National Guard Brigade, out of Arkansas.

1-9 Cavalry's Company C, "Crazy Wolf," raided a mechanic's shop suspected of being used by insurgents and found 35 mortars which had to be removed by hand. Crazy Wolf then found another cache consisting of ten 82 mm mortars, a mortar-tube base-plate and a mortar traverse, an elevation wheel, three hand grenades, a bag of unknown synthetic material, four pounds of TNT, a roll of detonation cord and various other materials involved in the making of improvised explosive devices, such as wires and batteries.

The operation endend with no shots fired.

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