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Operation Saber Guardian

July 10, 2007

Operation Saber Guardian took place near the town of Sherween, Iraq on July 10, 2007. The operation was a joint operation between 3rd Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 5th Iraqi Army soldiers, local concerned citizens, and 6-9 Armored Reconnaissance Squadron, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division. The operttion was targeted at al-Qaida leadership and resulted in 20 enemies killed, 20 detained, and two weapons caches and 12 improvised explosive devices discovered.

The operation began early in the morning with close air support engaging three river crossings and one bridge with eight 2,000 pound bombs and 14-500 pound bombs. The locations are used by al-Qaida to conduct their attacks and were engaged to prevent their escape.The people of Sherween played a vital role in this operation as they fought side-by-side the ISF to help them capture and kill known enemies.

Members of the IA also cleared a local mosque, a suspected enemy haven, and identified mortar tubes, a mortar cache, small-arms munitions, a sniper rifle and machine guns. The other weapons cache included small-arms munitions and IED-making materials.