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CENTCOM NEWS RELEASE
HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND
7115 South Boundary Boulevard
MacDill AFB, Fla. 33621-5101
Phone: (813) 827-5894; FAX: (813) 827-2211; DSN 651-5894

June 29, 2003
Release Number: 03-06-96


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


TASK FORCE IRONHORSE LAUNCHES OPERATION SIDEWINDER

TIKRIT, Iraq - Soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division and Task Force Ironhorse conducted more than 20 simultaneous raids involving attack aviation, armor and infantry forces detaining more than 60 suspected opposition members and seizing multiple illegal weapons along with various military documents.

Operation Sidewinder is the third in a series of operations, the first two were operations Peninsula Strike and Desert Scorpion, focusing on sweeping through the task force's area of operations to root out elements attempting to undermine coalition efforts to restore basic infrastructure and stability in the region.

The raids target former Ba'ath Party loyalists, terrorists suspected of perpetrating attacks against US forces and former Iraqi military leaders, and to locate weapons and ammunition caches. The nexus of paramilitary activity in central Iraq is located along an approximate stretch of the Tigris River from Samarra to Baghdad, and is the location of several destabilizing influences in the region.

No coalition forces casualties were reported in the raids. Sidewinder is an ongoing operation. More details will be released as they become available.

For additional information contact:
CJTF-7 COALITION PRESS INFORMATION CENTER
914 360 5082/5089

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