November 22nd, 2007 04:00 EST
Iraqi Security Forces detain 81 suspected extremists
CAMP ECHO, Iraq – Iraqi Security Forces, assisted by Coalition Forces, detained 81 suspected extremists and confiscated several weapons caches in Diwaniyah, Iraq, during Operation Lion Pounce Nov. 17 to 19.
Maj. Gen. Othman Ali Farhood, 8th Iraqi Army Div. Commander, outlined the successes of Lion Pounce in a press conference at Camp Echo, Iraq, Nov. 19.
“The northeast quarters of Diwaniyah, where the operation was conducted, were under control of criminal and militant groups,” General Farrod said.
He further highlighted the IA’s success by stating there have been no casualties or equipment damage associated with the operation to date.
Maj. Gen. Tadeusz Buk, Multi-National Division – Central South Commander, said Operation Lion Pounce was the first large-scale operation led by an Iraqi Army general (Farrod), who commanded not only IA Soldiers, but also Iraqi Police units.
“The results of the operation show that it was well-planned and prepared,” said General Buk.
Sheikh Hussein Al Bderi, Chairman of the Provincial Security Committee, highlighted sound cooperation between local government, Iraqi Security Forces and Coalition Forces as key to the operation’s success.
He added that new security stations will be built to maintain order and security in the region upon the operation’s completion.
Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
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