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Operation Wolfpack Crunch

May 4, 2004

The 3rd Squadron, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment launched a large-scale mission May 4, 2004 called "Operation Wolfpack Crunch." The mission's target was a series of buildings in Diwaniya, located near an old downtown theater, which were reportedly being used by members of the "Muqtada's Militia" to plan and stage attacks against Coalition forces. Next to the targeted building was one used as the local headquarters for the Dawa Islamic Party -- until it was evicted by the militia. At approximately 9:45 p.m. May 4, air assets fired on the targeted building. A tank and a scout platoon was launched to form an inner cordon around the immediate city block of the headquarters. After the cordon was in place, the assault force moved in, which consisted of three platoons inside the compound's walls, one platoon to clear the Sadr headquarters building and the Dawa Party's headquarters building next to it..

Another platoon search the bombed-out theater next door.

Once done clearing the building, soldiers fired four tank main-gun rounds into the headquarters building to further destroy it so as to prevent its future use by the insurgents. After destroying the building, a force was left to maintain security of the compound and guard it from looters and any militiamen that might return.

On May 5, 2004 the unit went to a girl's school across the street that was reportedly being used by the militia, where a significant weapons cache was found. Neighborhood residents reported that the school had not been open for more than two weeks. Soldiers discovered and seized AK-47 assault rifles, rocket-propelled grenades, mortar and tank rounds and small arms ammunition. The weapons and ammunition were destroyed.

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