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CENTCOM NEWS RELEASE
HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND
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July 6, 2003
Release Number: 03-07-23


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


OPERATION SIDEWINDER CONCLUDES - NETS RESULTS

TIKRIT, Iraq - During the seven days of Operation Sidewinder, conducted by the 4th Infantry Division, which concluded July 5th, 282 individuals were detained and a variety of weapons were seized. These included 96 AK-47 rifles, 3 heavy machine guns, 217 rocket-propelled grenades, 33 grenades, 200 60mm-mortar rounds, and other military equipment, documents, weapons and ammunition. In addition, $5000.00 U.S. cash and approximately 11 million Iraqi Dinar, or about $6000.00 U.S. dollars, were seized.

Over the seven days of Operation Sidewinder and other supporting tasks, there were 30 casualties from Iraqi non-compliant forces and 28 coalition forces injuries. No coalition force soldiers were killed during the seven days of the operation.

Operation Sidewinder was the third in a series of operations which began with Peninsula Strike and Desert Scorpion. The objective of the operation was to sweep through the task force's area of operations and root out elements attempting to undermine coalition efforts to restore basic infrastructure and stability in the region. The nexus of paramilitary activity in central Iraq is located along a stretch of the Tigris River from Bayji to Baghdad, and is also the location of several destabilizing influences in the region.

By using combined arms operations with overwhelming firepower, the raids targeted former Ba'ath Party loyalists, subversive elements suspected of perpetrating attacks against U.S. forces, and former Iraqi military leaders. The raids also assisted in locating weapons, ammunition caches and other illegal contraband.

Soldiers of the 4th Infantry Division and Task Force Ironhorse will continue to conduct active patrols to locate any pockets of isolated resistance and destroy or capture the remnants of the former regime and other hostile forces operating in its area to improve the safety and quality of life for the people of Iraq.

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