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Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham visit Mosul

Monday, 17 March 2008
Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
APO AE 09342

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RELEASE No. 20080318-06
March 18, 2008

Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham visit Mosul

Multi-National Division – North PAO

MOSUL, Iraq—On the 35th anniversary of his release from the Hanoi Hilton, Arizona Senator John McCain arrived in Mosul with South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham to get an assessment of the situation in northern Iraq from American and Iraqi military leaders March 16.

The senators met with Maj. Gen. Mark P. Hertling, commander of Multi-National Division - North, Col. Michael Bills, commander of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, Lt. Gen. Riyadh Jalal Tawfiq, commander of the Ninewah Operations Command, members of the U.S. Dept. of State and other military leaders for a briefing on current operations in northern Iraq.

“The purpose of the day’s visit was to provide a first-hand account of the situation in Mosul to elected American political leaders,” said Lt. Col. Bob Molinari, regimental operations officer, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment.

“This is a critical location for battling against the terrorists,” Hertling said. “They can go back to the American people and tell them how important this battle is.”

The senators flew into Mosul from Washington D.C. for a two-hour meeting and planned to make several more stops in other areas of Iraq.

Commanders briefed the American officials on recent progress made by Coalition forces in and around Mosul.

Since taking over the battle space last November, 3rd ACR troops have been building police checkpoints along the main city roads, establishing combat outposts in city neighborhoods, and bolstering local Iraqi Army and Iraqi Police forces.

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