March 22nd, 2007 05:56 EST
Iraqi Police clear central Ramadi
RAMADI — The Western Ramadi District Police conducted a massive police operation targeting insurgents here Tuesday.
Coordinating between several stations within the district, Brig. Gen. Khalil Ibrahim Hamadi, chief of the Ramadi District Police, personally led more than 500 policemen as they conducted house-to-house searches in the capital city of Al-Anbar province.
“The sons of Ramadi work tirelessly to eradicate criminals and bring them to justice,” said Khalil. “Today we achieved a noble goal in providing security and stability to our families and to the people of Ramadi.”
During the 10-hour operation, named Operation “Lions of Ramadi,” police detained more than 45 suspected insurgents, confiscated propaganda material and discovered several caches containing assault rifles, machine guns, and artillery shells used to produce improvised explosive devices.
During “Lions of Ramadi,” insurgents continued to spread terror in the area by utilizing an IED which killed one civilian and injured five - proving that, though much progress has been made during Fardh Al-Qanoon, a safe Iraq will take patience and perseverance.
The wounded were transported by local citizens to a nearby Joint Security Station, then evacuated to a Coalition medical facility for further treatment.
In spite of the casualties, the operation was deemed successful.
(Courtesy of Multi-National Force – West)