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Operation Al Dharba Al Nihaa’ya (Final Strike)

January 29 , 2006

Approximately 1,000 Iraqi soldiers from 3rd Brigade, 1st Iraqi Army Division assigned to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team (28th Infantry Division) completed Operation Al Dharba Al Nihaa’ya (Final Strike) in the Jazerra area northwest of Habbaniyah, 75 km west of Baghdad on January 29, 2006.

The eastern Jazerra is a known insurgent staging area for attacks against Iraqi citizens, Iraqi Security Forces and Coalition Forces, officials said. Operation Final Strike was a counter insurgency operation aimed at neutralizing the insurgency activity and providing a secure area for the citizens of the Jazerra.

The Iraqi soldiers reportedly discovered an improvised explosive device and a small weapons cache during the course of the daylong operation.

Third Brigade controlled their own battle space within the 2nd BCT’s area of operation. Since the end of August, 2005 3rd Brigade has been conducting independent counter insurgency operations in this area.

Third Brigade is composed of three Iraqi Army battalions, a commando company and the brigade headquarters unit.