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CENTCOM NEWS RELEASE
HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND
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June 19, 2003
Release Number: 03-06-68


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


OPERATION DESERT SCORPION CONTINUES TO BREAKDOWN RESISTANCE

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Coalition forces continue to defeat remaining pockets of resistance throughout Iraq, in efforts to provide a secure and stable environment for the Iraqi citizens.

Operation Desert Scorpion is designed to identify and destabilize terrorist organizations, criminal elements, and non-compliant forces throughout the country while improving the quality of life for the Iraqi people.

Some actions taken by Coalition Forces include:

The 4th Infantry Division located in north central Iraq conducted six raids and captured 29 detainees. The raid in Tikrit captured $8 million (U.S.), millions of Iraqi dinar, and a large sum of British pounds, British sterling and Euro.

The 1st Armored Division in Baghdad, conducted seven raids and captured nine detainees.

The 3rd Infantry Division conducted a reconnaissance mission at an ammunition storage facility and Wadi complex.

The 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment set up traffic control points and recovered two rocket propelled grenade launchers, one rocket, two grenades, five identifications, and a large amount of cash.

Humanitarian assistance efforts also continued:

The 3rd Infantry Division continued to pick up trash and delivered medical supplies to Al Fallujah General Hospital and a local clinic. They also installed 70 windows in one school, and assessed three others.

The 1st Armored Division delivered gasoline, repaired pipelines and roads. The division is also working to get 170 school teachers paid.

The 101st Airborne Division made payments to civil employees, distributed food, and facilitated shift of authority and security to Iraqi officials.

The 3rd Armored Calvary Regiment is repairing a bridge and working with the World Food Program to distribute food.

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