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Operation Suicide Kings

March 17, 2004

Operation Suicide Kings was a combined cordon and search operation involving U.S. and Iraqi Civil Defense Corps Soldiers conducted on 17 March 2004. The US soldiers were from Apache Troop, 1st Sqadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment. In preparation for this operation, 40 ICDC soldiers linked up with their Apache Troop counterparts to train in "knock-and-search" methods for searching buildings. They also practiced recognizing different types of contraband including material used for making improvised explosive devices.

The mission commenced at 9:30 p.m. as Apache Troop rolled-out of their forward operating base's gate. By 10 p.m., the troopers and ICDC were on the ground, and Operation Suicide Kings was underway. By 1 a.m., the mission was complete. Despite the occasional sound of gunfire heard from elsewhere in the city, no casualties were sustained and no shots were fired.

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