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CENTCOM NEWS RELEASE
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June 20, 2003
Release Number: 03-06-72


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


DESERT SCORPION OPERATIONS SUMMARY (June 20, 2003)

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Nine raids yielded five detainees as Coalition Forces continued to isolate and defeat non-compliant forces throughout Iraq, while delivering humanitarian aid as part of Operation Desert Scorpion.

Actions are:

- The 1st Armored Division conducted four searches in Baghdad, which led to the capture of five detainees. Five rifles, nine pistols, one 125mm artillery round, and three automatic rifles were also seized in the searches. One box of grenades was turned in by an Iraqi citizen.

- Humanitarian aid included repairs to electric power infrastructure, gas and repair assessments of local schools and to the water system by the 3rd Infantry Division.

- The 101st Armored Division continued to distribute food.

- World Food Program and humanitarian food convoys were escorted from Jordan to Iraq by the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment.

The mission of Operation Desert Scorpion, which started June 15th, is to prepare the foundation for Iraqis to form a new self-ruled government and provide a safe and secure environment to live and work.

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