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Operation Glory Light

March 2 - March 9, 2006

In Operation Glory Light, soldiers from the 6th and 9th Iraqi Army Divisions, supported by Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers, conducted one of the largest operations in the previous six months to gain control of an insurgent stronghold in the Sadr-Yusufiyah area.

The operation was designed to deny insurgents sanctuary and preempt enemy attacks in the Baghdad area. The week-long operation was launched March 2, 2006 with a joint air assault by U.S. and Iraqi troops into the Sadr-Yusufiyah area by soldiers of 3rd Battalion, 1st Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, and 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division soldiers.

Following the air assault, the soldiers were reportedly attacked by indirect and small arms fire. They also discovered a roadside bomb. Soldiers from the 6th and 9th Iraqi Army Divisions then moved into position to clear, search and secure roads and houses in the town. March 5-6, the 9th uncovered nine weapons caches, consisting of 131 mortar rounds, nine 50 mm mortars, 17 rockets, two rocket-propelled-grenade launchers, six AK-47 rifles, two BKC machine guns, and a large amount of bomb-making materials.

The operation ended a week later and U.S. and Iraqi soldiers were said to have found 26 roadside bombs, two car bombs and 15 weapons caches. The operation also involved seven firefights with the enemy resulting in the detention of 16 suspected terrorists, two insurgents killed and one wounded, officials said.


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