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Published:June 8th, 2007 04:41 EST
The Iraqi Security Force is  Continuing to Progress

The Iraqi Security Force is Continuing to Progress

By SOP newswire

The Iraqi Security Force is currently continuing to progress in taking the lead in operations while under Coalition observation.

 

In Baghdad’s Adhamiyah District, Iraqi leaders were trained by Coalition forces to take charge of the operations and patrols at the Sulikh Joint Security Station.

“We’re trying to put [the Iraqis] at the forefront as far as planning our joint patrols," said U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Jesse Bowman, a platoon leader from Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment.

Coalition forces observed Iraqi Army Soldiers conducting joint patrols to assess the Iraqi forces’ ability to operate independently in the Adhamiyah District.

“I think [the Iraqi forces] can pull it off," said U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Phong Tran, of 2nd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment. “If it works at the lowest level, that gives me hope that it can work on a larger scale."

Soldiers from 4th Battalion, 1st Brigade, 4th Iraqi Army Division captured four insurgents in Mushahidah Monday.

Iraqi Army Soldiers observed insurgents attempting to place an improvised explosive device on the road between Mushahidah and Tarmiyah when they were captured.

The insurgents were captured with the IED they were attempting to place, other IED making materials and three bags of drugs and medical supplies, military officials said.

“The capture of these individuals is yet another step to securing our main routes and defeating the insurgents who threaten the Iraqi people and Coalition forces," said U.S. Army Capt. Timothy Parish, Iraqi Security Forces coordinator, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. “This is a great example of an Iraqi Army unit that is fully capable of conducting successful security operations without the assistance of Coalition forces."

In Balad, Iraqi security forces rendered lifesaving aid to an Iraqi girl and seized a cache containing more than 1,000 pounds of weapons and explosives during a recent convoy patrol in western Iraq.

With Coalition forces present as advisors, Iraqi forces led the patrol east of Ramadi where they heard a burst of gunfire while they were clearing and disposing of an anti-tank mine. Following the gunfire, local citizens rushed a 6 to 8-year-old girl suffering from a life threatening gunshot wound to the chest to their location.

Iraqi and Coalition forces immediately assessed the situation and rendered lifesaving first aid. After the child was stabilized, they transported her to a forward operating base for medical evacuation and surgery. She was then stabilized and transferred to Al-Asad for recovery.

By rendering aid to a wounded child and clearing the area of weapons and explosives, Iraqi security forces continue to build the trust of the local populace, aiding them in their mission of keeping the area secure and free of insurgent activity, said military officials.

Iraqi forces also discovered and disposed of more than 200 pounds of homemade explosives, a 122 mm rocket, approximately 70 projectiles of various sizes, various fuses and about 50 pounds of propellants during the patrol.

With Iraqi forces continuing to take the lead in operations, they progress in building a self-reliant military and remain committed to creating a safe and stable Iraq.

SOURCE:  MNF