News from The Advisor 1.
The Advisor is a email newsletter sent to us by Joseph Bartasius with the US Army Public Affairs Office. I've pulled some of the pieces out of the newsletter for this site. There are a lot of very interesting stories that you never seem to see anywhere. I'll pull more stories as time goes on. If you'd like to get the newsletter emailed to you, write us and we'll make sure you get on the list.
Concerned Local Citizens find weapons cache south of Baghdad
AL BUAYTHA – Coalition forces found and destroyed a
weapons cache in Al Buaytha, and Concerned Local Citizens
turned in another cache in Hawr Rajab during search operations
Coalition Soldiers found the first cache in Al Buaytha, which
consisted of a 120 mm mortar round, three RPGs and other IED-
The second, larger cache was found by CLCs and turned in to
Coalition Soldiers. This cache consisted of eight 60 mm mortar
rounds, two fire extinguishers filled with homemade explosives
and 11 blasting caps.
– Multi-National Corps – Iraq Public Affairs Explosives found, hostage rescued during joint Saydiyah operation
WEST RASHID – Iraqi Security Forces and Multi-National
Division - Baghdad Soldiers destroyed an abandoned house and
rescued a kidnapping victim during clearing operations in West
Rashid Dec. 26.
Iraqi Army and Coalition Soldiers found homemade and plastic
explosives during the joint operation aimed at quelling unrest in
the Saydiyah area.
Explosive ordnance disposal personnel remotely detonated the
cache, destroying the unoccupied house. There was no collateral
Iraqi soldiers entered a house in search of a crane operator
who had been kidnapped days before. The man was taken to a
Coalition forces’ facility for medical screening.
Coalition Soldiers also found a cache of eight 120mm rockets,
a 107mm rocket, a 105mm projectile, roughly eight pounds of
homemade explosives, four canisters of an unknown liquid and a
car battery with wires.
EOD personnel command detonated the cache.
– Multi-National Corps – Iraq Public Affairs Iraqi Police, U.S. SOF detain 2 suspected extremists in Ramadi
RAMADI – Iraqi Police and U.S. Special Operations Forces
detained two suspected extremists during operations Dec. 24 and
25 in the city of Ramadi. The operations were part of a series to
capture individuals believed to be involved in the capture of U.S.
Soldiers earlier this year.
The operations were based on intelligence reports linking
the two suspects to the May 12 abduction of three U.S. Soldiers
following an ambush attack near Mahmudiyah. Reporting
indicates that the two suspects have ties to al-Qaida in Iraq.
One of the suspected terrorists is believed to have facilitated
the kidnapping and is reported to have used his residence to aid in
the hiding and transport of the captured Soldiers.
During a previous operation, a U.S. weapon belonging to one of
the abducted Soldiers was recovered at a residence of the second
Both suspects are allegedly involved in terrorist cells
responsible for several IED and mortar attacks against Iraqi and
Coalition forces, as well as the kidnapping and murder of Iraqi
citizens and members of the Iraqi Security Forces.
Four other individuals were detained for further questioning
during the operations.
– Multi-National Corps – Iraq Public Affairs Iraqi SOF, U.S. Special Forces detain 2 criminal extremists
BA’QUBAH – Iraqi Special Operations Forces, advised by
U.S. Special Forces, detained two suspected criminal extremists
during a raid Dec. 24 near the Iraqi village of Abu Saydah as
Saghir, northeast of Ba’Qubah in Diyala Province.
The two suspects are believed to be responsible for IED attacks
against Iraqi and Coalition forces, as well as the kidnapping and
murder of Iraqi citizens. Additionally, the suspects are believed to
have repeatedly targeted the families of Iraqi Security Forces for
intimidation and forced civilians from their homes.
During the course of the operation, the assault force received
small arms fire from an individual on the target objective. Iraqi
and U.S. Forces engaged the individual, killing him.
– Multi-National Corps – Iraq Public Affairs Iraqi National Police discover 2 caches in mosque in Baghdad
RASHID – Iraqi National Police found two caches after
receiving a tip regarding the location of terrorists near the Al-
Kartheemain Mosque Dec. 24 in east Rashid.
When INP and Coalition Soldiers arrived, the suspected
terrorists had fled into the mosque. The national police searched
the mosque and found two caches. The first cache included 107
mm rockets. The second cache consisted of mortar rounds, plastic
explosives, TNT, grenades and other components needed to make
The cache was recovered by explosive ordnance disposal
personnel for disposal.
– Multi-National Corps – Iraq Public Affairs ISOF, U.S. Special Forces detain terrorist weapons dealer
BAGHDAD – A Iraqi Special Operations Forces, advised by
U.S. Special Forces, detained a suspected terrorist weapons dealer
during a Dec. 25 raid in Baghdad.
The suspect is believed to deal in a variety of weapons systems
including mortars, rockets, medium and small arms. He is also
thought to be a possible IED cell leader.
During the raid, the assault force recovered several weapons
including two assault rifles, four grenades, three combat knives,
11 AK-47 magazines, an RPG launcher sight and an IED initiation
system. An explosive ordinance disposal team determined the
munitions were unstable and destroyed them at the site.
During the course of the operation, an explosive breach caused
a secondary explosion, which significantly damaged one of the
structures at the target objective. The explosion was caused by
IED making material stored within the structure.
– Multi-National Corp – Iraq Public Affa