March 24 - 25, 2006
U.S. and Iraqi forces launced Operation Scorpion in the early morning of March 24, 2006. Scorpion involved the searching of five villages in and around the Kirkuk area for suspected terrorists. Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade, 4th Iraqi Army Division, supported by the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, conducted the joint operation.
Operation Scorpion began with supporting operations in the village of Mahoos and the city of Kirkuk. While 101st soldiers provided perimeter security, Iraqi soldiers, acting on their own intelligence sources, moved by helicopter into Mahoos, searching for seven terror suspects. Within two hours of touching down, the Iraqi company had searched its designated targets, captured five of its intended suspects, and was back on helicopters headed for a nearby U.S. Army compound.
During the operation, OH-58 Kiowa scout helicopters from 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, circled above and soldiers from 1st BCT's 1st Battalion, provided outer perimeter security. The thorough searches provided intelligence leading to more evidence and capture of more suspects, officials said.
This was the second major operation developed and conducted by the Iraqi 2nd Brigade in the previous two months before Scorpion.
The operation ended on March 25, 2006 with the reported capture of 52 individuals, 24 of which were on their target list.