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Operation Skinner

December 7-10, 2005

Iraqi Army Soldiers, U.S. Marines and Army Soldiers from 2nd Brigade Combat Team (28th Infantry Division) concluded Operation Gashshaar (Skinner) in central Ramadi Dec. 10, 2005.

The operation began on the evening of Dec. 7 and was the seventh disruption operation conducted in Ramadi since Nov. 16 of 2005 to set conditions in the city for the elections held on December 15, 2005.

The operation reportedly netted four weapons caches and several detainees and also two command-initiated rocket systems designed to ambush passing convoys in central Ramadi. The combined forces also discovered a roadside bomb that the insurgents were thought to have planned to use in the rocket attack.

Iraqi and U.S. Forces also disrupted insurgent plans when they discovered a bomb-making factory in the center of the Ramadi shopping district. Artillery and mortar rounds, timers and remote detonators were found in the bomb making facility.

The previous operations conducted by the Iraqi Army and U.S. Forces in Ramadi recently were: Operation Panthers, Bruins, Lions, Tigers, Shank and Rams.