www.mnstci.iraq.centcom.milSeptember 9, 2006The Advis rA shiftinpowerOfficial Weekly Report for the Multi-National Security Transition Command — Iraq
Page 2 September 9, 2006THE ADVISORVolume 3 Issue 34Bush underscores importanceof Iraq in the war on terrorBy Donna MilesAmerican Forces Press ServiceCommanding GeneralU.S. Army Lt. Gen. Martin E. DempseyCommand Sergeant MajorU.S. Marine CorpsSgt. Maj. Daniel BursPublic Affairs OfficerU.S. Army Lt. Col. Michael NegardDeputy Public Affairs OfficerU.S. Army Maj. Gerald OstlundPublic Affairs NCOICU.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Ronda JordanEditorU.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Rick BrownJournalistsU.S. NavyJournalist 2nd Class John J. PistoneU.S. Air ForceStaff Sgt. Lucia NewmanCPATT Public Affairs OfficerAnn BertucciThe Advisor is an authorized publication for members of theU.S. Defense Department and multinational partners.Contents of this paper are not necessarily the offi cial viewsof the U.S. government or multinational partners of theU.S. Department of Defense. The editorial content of thispublication is the responsibility of the Multi-National SecurityTransition Command — Iraq Public Affairs Offi ce.Some faces of Iraqi soldiers and police havebeen altered to protect their identities.Direct questions and comments to:firstname.lastname@example.orgMNSTC-I PAOAPO AE 09348DSN: 318-852-1334To subscribe to The Advisor,visit us online at:www.mnstci.iraq.centcom.mil/advisor.htmlON THE COVERIraqi Prime Minister Nourial-Maliki and U.S. ArmyGen. George W. Casey, Jr.,commander of the Multi-NationalForce – Iraq, shake hands duringa ceremony in Baghdad Sept. 7.Photos by U.S. NavyJournalist 2nd Class John J. PistoneWASHINGTON — Although somepeople may call the war in Iraq a diversionfrom the war on terror, terrorists disagree,and they recognize that their long-termsuccess or failure hinges on what happens inIraq, President Bush said Sept. 7 during anaddress in Marietta, Ga.Speaking to the Georgia Public PolicyFoundation, Bush offered his fourth majoraddress within the past week about the waron terrror, discussing the importance of Iraqand reaffirming his commitment to stay thecourse until achieving victory there.“Osama bin Laden has proclaimedthat the third world war is raging in Iraq,”Bush said. “Al-Qaida leaders have declaredthat Baghdad will be the capital of thenew ‘caliphate’ that they wish to establishacross the broader Middle East.”One need only consider the terrorists’investment in Iraq to know the stakes, Bushsaid. “It’s hard to believe that extremistswould make large journeys across dangerousborders to endure heavy fighting and to blowthemselves up on the streets of Baghdad fora so-called ‘diversion,’” the president said.“The terrorists know that the outcome in thewar on terror will depend on the outcome inIraq. And so, to protect our citizens, the freeworld must succeed in Iraq.”He cited progress in Iraq as PrimeMinister Nouri al-Maliki’s unitygovernment fights al-Qaida and the enemiesof Iraq’s fledgling democracy. “They’retaking increasing responsibility for thesecurity of their free country,” he said.The president acknowledged that thefighting in Iraq “has been difficult andit has been bloody,” and he praised theservicemembers who are carrying it out.“We see that full measure and thestrength of this nation in the men andwomen in uniform who fight this war andwho have given their lives in the cause ofliberty and freedom,” Bush said.He recognized U.S. Army 1st Lt. NoahHarris, who died June 18 in Baqubah,Photo by Eric DraperU.S. President George W. Bushdelivers his remarks on the globalwar on terror during a visit toMarietta, Ga., Sept. 7. During hisspeeh Bush stressed the importanceof Iraq in the war on terror.Iraq, as an example of those soldiers andtheir sacrifice.Harris, 23, joined the Army after theSept. 11 attacks. “He told his dad thatpeople had an obligation to serve a causehigher than themselves,” Bush said.“In Iraq, Harris was an officer knownfor his toughness and his skill in battle andfor the Beanie Babies that he carried withhim to hand out to the Iraqi children,” thepresident said.“Harris understood the stakes in Iraq,”Bush said. “He knew that to protect hisloved ones at home, America must defeatour enemies overseas.”Bush said Harris understood theimportance of seeing the mission through inIraq. “If America pulls out of Iraq before theIraqis can defend themselves, the terroristswill follow us here,” the president said.“The best way to honor the memoryof brave Americans like Harris is tocomplete the mission they began,” Bushsaid. “So we will stay, we will fight andwe will win in Iraq.”
Page 3 September 9, 2006Iraq assumes operational control of militaryBy U.S. NavyJournalist 2nd Class John J. PistoneMNSTC-I Public AffairsBAGHDAD, Iraq — For the first timesince the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime,the Iraqi prime minister, through theIraqi minister of defense, has operationalcontrol of the Iraqi Ground ForcesCommand, including one army division– the 8th Iraqi Army Division – and thecountry’s air force and navy.Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Malikiofficially took control in a ceremony inBaghdad Sept. 7.Before the ceremony, Iraqi forcesreceived commands from Coalitionforces. Now the chain of commandruns from al-Maliki, through theminister of defense and the Joint ForcesHeadquarters, to the Iraqi Ground ForcesCommand Headquarters, down to thedivision and the individual soldier.The Iraqi prime minister said theceremony was a historic event.“It’s a great and happy day in the historyof Iraqis,” al-Maliki said during his speech.U.S. Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr.,commander of Multi-National Force – Iraq,agreed with the prime minister.“It’s fitting I follow the commanderin chief of the Iraqi forces,” Casey said.“From today forward, the Iraqi militaryIraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and Iraqi Army Gen. BabikerZabari, the commander of the IraqiJoint Forces, review troops as theyarrive for a transfer of authorityceremony in Baghdad Sept. 7.Photos by U.S. Navy Journalist 2nd Class John J. PistoneIraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and U.S. Army Gen. George W.Casey, Jr., commander of the Multi-National Force – Iraq, sign officialdocuments during a ceremony in Baghdad Sept. 7. The ceremonymarked the transfer of operational control of the Iraqi Ground Forces,navy and air force from the Coalition to the Iraqi Prime Minister.responsibilities will be increasinglyconceived and led by the Iraqis. Today isan important milestone, but we still have away to go,” he said.Casey also promised to continue to fightalongside his Iraqi counterparts to protect theIraqi people, wherever they are threatened.According to Coalition spokesman ArmyMaj. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV, as IraqiSecurity Forces continue to assume the lead,they’re also setting the conditions to allowfor provincial Iraqi control. Provincial Iraqicontrol refers to civil authorities in eachprovince assuming independent governanceand civil security duties.He said Coalition forces are transferringoperational control to Iraqis throughout thecountry as the security environment andtheir capabilities improve. Currently, six of10 Iraqi army divisions are in the lead intheir areas of operations, with 26 brigadesand 88 battalions in the lead. More Iraqiarmy divisions are expected to follow the8th Division in the coming months.“This event shows progress as we moveforward with the Iraqi Army’s capabilities,”Caldwell said. “It’s the one event thatputs the prime minister directly in theoperational control of his military forces ashis role as the commander in chief.”During his speech, the prime ministerpainted a picture of what he believes Iraq’smilitary will be like in the future.“We will have a very active army that willcontinue in its mission,” al-Maliki said, “ourarmy will rely on proper training, high valuesand move away from sectarian violence.”Al-Maliki also issued a warning toterrorists and insurgents.“By taking this step forward we are againchallenging terrorism.,” al-Maliki said. “Andto the terrorists, wherever you are, I say, ‘wewill see that your punishment is swift.’”The event concluded with a “passing ofthe flag” ceremony and al-Maliki and Caseysigning the official documents giving theprime minister operational control of theIraqi Ground Forces.Both Iraqi and Coalition advisorsagreed that this was a great day for Iraqand that the day’s event made for a brighterfuture for all Iraqis.
Page 4 September 9, 2006Making a difference in basic trainingBy U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Ronda JordanMNSTC-I Public AffairsKirkush, Iraq — No matter what army you belong to, fivea.m. comes early. The Iraqi soldiers in basic and militaryspecialty training at Kirkush Military Training Base arelike any other – a little slow getting out of bed. Also like inother armies a fewdrill instructorsare always there tohelp with the earlymorning process.The first orderof business isnormally physicaltraining. In theirnew summerPT uniforms,the soldiersquickly gainedmotivation as theymoved throughthe traditionalexercises of armyPT, and a fewunique ones aswell. The newexercises focusedon teamwork andquick reactionskills. These new exercises were developed by the all Iraqitraining staff of the 1st Battalion.Iraqi Army Sgt. Achmed is one such trainer at theinstallation. He joined the army more than two years agoand explains his reason for joining.“I joined because I love my country,” he said with thehelp of an interpreter.Achmed is not the only member of his family to jointhe Iraqi Security Forces. He has two brothers serving inFallujah and another at KMTB.Achmed completed basic training at KTMB and now he isa marksmanship instructor specializing in the AK-47 assaultrifle – the staple of the Iraqi Army. He helps the soldierswork on their basic rifle marksmanship. On the range heteaches soldiers how to reposition themselves into goodfiring positions, work on steady breathing, trigger squeeze,and sighting techniques.Although he wishes he could be on the front lines, hewants to keep training soldiers for the Iraqi Army andhopes to continueto move up in theranks. He knowshe is making adifference inKMTB by trainingthe new soldiers tobe better fightersagainst insurgents.“I want tohelp build up thenew Iraqi army– to destroy theinsurgents and tofinish them all,”Achmed said.Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Ronda JordanIraqi basic training soldiers perform sit-ups as part of their daily physicalfitness training at Kirkush Military Training Base Sept. 6. In addition thesoldiers are also required to do push-ups, run several miles and enduremultiple stretching exercises daily during their basic training.He has losttwo cousins toinsurgents andsaid it is verydangerous for himto be a part of theIraqi Army. Whenhe has the opportunity to go home, he doesn’t go outside hishouse for fear of being killed for joining the army, but hesays that will not stop him.“I don’t give up and I love my country and my army,”Achmed said.In addition to regular basic training and specialtycourses, KMTB and other training bases are expectedto train an additional 30,000 recruits as part of the IraqiArmy’s basic training expansion. Therefore, it appears thatAchmed and his fellow instructors will be very busy in thecoming months.“I want to help build up the new Iraqi army – to destroy theinsurgents and to finish them all.”Iraqi Army Sgt. Achmed
Page 5 September 9, 2006Iraq’s version of the FBI gets a new tool to fightBy U.S. NavyJournalist 2nd Class John J. PistoneMNSTC-I Public AffairsBAGHDAD, Iraq — As one wouldexpect, the fight against the insurgencyand terrorism seems to be priority numberone in Iraq. One of the biggest challengesfacing the Iraqi Security Forces, and morespecifically the Ministry of Interior, has beenthe ability to adequately collect, analyze anddisseminate data throughout the country. Inan ongoing effort to overcome this obstacleIraq’s National Information and InvestigationAgency has recently added a new tool in it’sarsenal of counter-insurgency weapons – theMemex system.The NIIA, an agency within theMOI, is much like the Federal Bureau ofInvestigation in the U.S. While the primarymission of the NIIA is to fight terrorists andinsurgents, one key focus is to investigateand analyze national-level criminals – thoseresponsible for crimes such as kidnappingsand assassination attempts against highranking Iraqi officials and ministers.U.S. Navy Lt. Bill Whiteman, thedeputy director of operations for theMOI Intelligence Transition Team,said information is the cornerstone ofintelligence-supported law enforcementoperations in Iraq. As more responsibility istransitioned to the Iraqi Security Forces, theincreasing demands placed upon them meansthey must have the capability to effectivelyand securely collect, manage, analyze anddisseminate information about national levelcriminalswithin MOI and across regionaland jurisdictional boundaries.Whiteman said that the investigators andanalysts working in the NIIA are all facedwith the challenge of collecting data froma number of different sources. This is oneof the reasons the NIIA has acquired theMemex system.The Memex system is the samesystem that the FBI and several U.S.police departments use. According toIraqi Special Agent Amman, an analystworking in the NIIA, the Memex systemis an advanced intelligence system thatenables the NIIA to securely collect,manage, develop, and share intelligenceinformation. He said that this system willhelp the MOI prevent crime and terrorism.“Intelligence gathering is complex,”Amman said through an interpreter. “TheMemex system helps us analyze informationand discover connections between insurgentactivities. It also helps us manage andorganize multi-source data, and now we canimmediately share this information withregional NIIA bureaus,” he added.He said his fellow agents collectmountains of data every day in the fightagainst insurgency. He noted that mostof this data is “noise,” and separating therelevant pieces of the puzzle from the noiserequires a powerful analytical system.“The Memex system is able to captureany type of miscellaneous data that couldbe vital to a future or current investigation.We can take the insurgents names, thetypes of vehicles they have and the types ofattacks they were involved in and input itdirectly into the intelligence system and itwill analyze it for us,” Amman said. “Thisis something that we have not been able todo in the past.”Photo by U.S. Navy Journalist 2nd Class John J. PistoneAn Iraqi analyst with the National Information and InvestigationAgency is using the agency’s new Memex system to analyze a map ofBaghdad Aug. 29. The system helps analysts and field agents compiledata on suspected insurgents and terrorists throughout the country.Whiteman said the NIIA set up sixbureaus, or regional offices, throughout Iraqand the biggest obstacle has been the abilityto transfer data safely between them. Hesaid they are working on correcting that.He said they are in the process on installinga secure net in the Hillah regional officewithin the next few months and the otherregions before the end of the year. TheMemex system can then be used throughoutthe country.According to Special Agent Ali, an NIIAanalyst who has been a police officer for thepast seven years, this system is an importantstep for the NIIA and the country.“Getting this system is importantfor Iraq,” Ali said with the help of aninterpreter. “Terrorist activity has stoppedthe growth of Iraq; this is our obstacleright now. With this system we are beingaggressive in trying to stop it and control it;this is our job,” Ali added.“This shows that we are doing our bestto defeat the terrorist, it will take time butwe will win this battle,” Ali said. “We willfind out who they (insurgents and terrorists)are and stop them.”
Page 6 September 9, 2006Iraqi Police graduate 1,110 from advanced training coursesBAGHDAD, Iraq – The Iraqi Police Service graduated1,110 police officers from advanced and specialty coursesheld in Baghdad and Irbil during the month of August aspart of the Iraqi government’s continuing security forcestraining and development.The courses that graduated include: Basic CriminalInvestigations with 293 graduates; Advanced CriminalInvestigations with 115 graduates; Interview andInterrogations with 172 graduates; Violent CrimeInvestigation with88 graduates;Critical IncidentManagement with41 graduates; BasicDrug Investigationswith 84 graduates;Internal AffairsInvestigationswith 77 graduates;Inspector GeneralInvestigationswith 32 graduates;Advanced HandgunFamiliarizationwith 17 graduates;IntelligenceAnalyst with48 graduates;Basic InstructorDevelopment with19 graduates; Advanced Instructor Development with fourgraduates; First Line Supervision with nine graduates;Mid-Level Management with 30 graduates; ExecutiveLeadership with six graduates; and Dignitary ProtectiveServices with 75 graduates.The Basic Criminal Investigation course curriculumcovers topics such as theft, burglary, arson, robbery,sexual offenses and homicide investigation. Participantsalso receive instruction and hands-on training infingerprinting, photography, tool marks and plastercasting techniques. To date, 4,882 police officers havecompleted the course.The Advanced Criminal Investigation coursecovers advanced investigative techniques that are usedin a variety of situations, particularly in homicide,kidnapping, terrorism and bombing investigations. Todate, 621 students have completed this course.The Interviews and Interrogations course coversadvanced interview and interrogation techniques andincludes instruction on the preservation and protection ofhuman rights and the importance of ethical behavior duringinterviews and interrogations. To date, 2,066 students havecompleted this course.The Violent Crime Investigation course introducesparticipants to investigative techniques used in a varietyof situations, particularly in violent crimes againstpersons such as armed robbery, rape and murder. To date,1,520 students have graduated from this course.Critical Incident Management is designed to provideparticipants with the understanding and applicationof skills for managing critical incidents. To date, 918students havegraduated from thiscourse.Basic DrugInvestigationsis designedto introduceparticipants to thebasic concepts ofdrug investigations.To date, 588 studentshave graduated thiscourse.Internal AffairsInvestigationsintroduces studentsto the variouscomponents of thePhoto by Ann Bertucciinternal affairs processand provides studentswith the necessaryskills to conduct investigations related to personnel complaintsand police conduct. To date, 1,281 students have completedthis course.The Inspector General Investigation course is designedto introduce participants to the basic concepts ofinvestigation and to provide them with the skills neededto conduct the wide array of investigations handled bythe inspector general’s office. To date, 16 students havecompleted this course.Advanced Handgun Familiarization is designed toreintroduce students to advanced handgun skills. To date,32 students have completed this course.The Intelligence Analyst course is intended to furtherthe knowledge of police intelligence officers in the studyof organized criminal activity and to assist investigativepersonnel with linking people, events, evidence andproperty together. Students completing the six-week coursewill also receive training in basic computer skills and anintelligence database used by U.S. Intelligence agencies.To date, 184 students have completed the course.See GRADUATE, Page 8
Page 7 September 9, 2006Police in Rusafah unveil new capabilitiesBy U.S. NavyJournalist 2nd Class John J. PistoneMNSTC-I Public AffairsBAGHDAD, Iraq — It may appear tosome that the task of restoring law and orderto the streets of Baghdad is too daunting forthe Iraqi police. However, the police officersin Baghdad, more specifically those officersat the Rusafah Police Directorate, believethat through proper training, hard work andadvanced technology they can rid the city ofinsurgency and terrorism. The Directorateunveiled some of its tools and demonstratedsome of its tactics for achieving this goalduring a day-long showcase Sept. 6.The showcase included a display of theequipment most Iraqi police carry withthem, a bomb sniffing and attack dogdemonstration and a viewing of their newsecure communications system. The policealso demonstrated an advanced detaineedatabase, the JUMP system, as well asan improvised explosive device detectingrobot. In addition, the Coalition presentedthe Directorate with the first of many newarmored police vehicles.During the showcase Iraqi PoliceGen. Adnon, the Rusafah Directoratecommanding general, said he was very proudof the police officers in the Rusafah area.“These officers have worked very hardto learn the skills necessary to fight theinsurgency,” Adnon said with the help of aninterpreter. “We are very proud to be able toshow you our skills and new technologies.”He said the addition of new equipmentA Rusafah police officerdemonstrates the fingerprintcapabilities of their new JUMP systemduring a showcase in Baghdad.Photos by U.S. Navy Journalist 2nd Class John J. PistoneAn Iraqi Police dog attacks a mock insurgent during a showcaseat the Rusafah Police Directorate in Baghdad Sept. 6. The policedemonstrated various techniques and displayed their new tools forfighting insurgents to invited members of the media.will help police secure the streets ofBaghdad, and the new armored vehicles willinsure the safety of his officers.“Thanks to the help of our Coalitionbrothers we now have some of the mostmodern weapons available to defeat theterrorists,” he said. “The new trucks meanthat our officers can safely stay out onpatrol, which means our city will be safer.”According to U.S. Army Capt. RobRodock, the commander of the 204thMilitary Police Company working with theRusafah Police, getting the equipment intothe hands of the Iraqis was just one piece ofthe puzzle.“This police department is responsiblefor quite a large area in Baghdad – basicallyanything that happens on the east side of theTigris falls under this directorate,” Rodocksaid. “They now have and know how to usea K9 unit, IED detecting robots, the JUMPdetainee database system and night visiongoggles. Their proficiency in using thesenew tools is what matters most.”At the end of the showcase Adnonwarned those who practice or supportterrorism or insurgency.“To the terrorists I say, ‘beware. Wenow have the tools and the skills to defeatyou, our officers are no longer sittingwaiting for you. We are going to takethe fight to you, find you and those whosupport you and in the name of Iraq, wewill defeat you,’” he said.The Rusafah Police demonstratedone of their new improvised explosivedetecting robots during a showcasein Baghdad Sep. 6.
Page 8 September 9, 2006Iraqi Police graduate 5,326 from basic training coursesBAGHDAD, Iraq – The Iraq Police Service graduated5,326 police recruits from basic training courses held inBaghdad, Basrah, Hamman Al Alil, Irbil, Kut, Mosul,Sulaymaniyah and Jordan during the month of August.Those completing the 10-week basic training coursesinclude: 687 from the Baghdad Police College; 248 fromKut; 196 from Mosul; and1,600 from the JordanInternational PoliceTraining Center.Also graduating inAugust were 2,595 policestudents who completeda three-week TransitionalIntegration Program course,a condensed version of the10-week course.The basic trainingcourse is an intense 10-week program consisting ofboth academic and tacticaloperational policing skills.General policing topicscover the fundamentals of policing to include democraticpolicing skills based on international human rights standards,communications, human dignity and the police, lawful use offorce, stress management and police ethics.The course of instruction also provides for a strongemphasis on scenario-based training that involves instructionon the appropriate methods to respond to suspected explosivedevices, conduct traffic control points, patrol techniques,searching of buildings and suspects and other critical streetsurvival skills.Police officers with prior experience attended the threeweekcourse, the Transitional Integration Program, instead ofattending the full 10-week basic course. TIP includes trainingon human rights, crimedefensive tactics, democraticpolicing, first aid, patrolprocedures, firearms and antiterrorism.The Iraqi Ministry ofInterior continues to place astrong emphasis on developinga professional police force, Todate, more than 84,000 IraqiPolice have completed eightor10-week basic trainingcourses. An additional 43,000police have completed theTransition Integration ProgramPhoto by Ann Bertuccideveloped for police who areserving, but with little or nobasic training. TIP provides these officers with a condensedversion of the ten-week program.The newly-trained officers will report for duty to theirrespective police stations where they will receive mentoringand follow-on training by members of the police transitionteams assigned to the area.— Compiled by: Ann Bertucci, CPATT Public Affairs Offi ceIraqi Police graduate 1,110 from advanced training coursesFrom GRADUATE, Page 6The Basic Instructor Developmentcourse prepares students in adult learningtechniques and develops trainingcapabilities with an emphasis on practicaltraining exercises. Upon graduation,the students are assigned instructorresponsibilities throughout Iraq’s policeacademies. To date, 1,008 students havegraduated from this course.The Advanced Instructor Developmentcourse continues to develop trainingcapability for graduates of BasicInstructor Development. To date, 98students have completed the course.First-Line Supervision is a coursefocused on major leadership areas for frontlinesupervisors, including human rightstraining, ethics and corruption, policingin a democracy and interpersonal skillscritical to effective leadership. To date, 671students have graduated from this course.Mid-Level Management is a coursedesigned for supervisors who areresponsible for managing the first-linesupervisors and their assigned personnel.To date, 649 students have graduatedfrom this course.Executive Leadership covers executivelevel concepts of planning, organizing,staffing, directing, coordinating, reportingand budgeting. Other topics includevisionary leadership, organizational values,interpersonal communication skills andmotivational techniques and strategies,along with strategic planning. To date, 580officers have graduated from this course.Dignitary Protective Servicesis a course designed for personnelresponsible for the personal protectionand transport of dignitaries in a high-riskenvironment. To date, 364 students havegraduated from this course.Officers who participated in thesecourses previously completed either a 10-week basic training course for new recruitsor a three-week transitional integrationprogram designed for prior-service officers.The newly graduated police officerswill immediately report for duty at theirrespective stations.— Compiled by Ann Bertucci, CPATTPublic Affairs Office
Page 9 September 9, 2006Iraqi Security Forces / in briefIraqi Police detain weapons smugglersBAGHDAD — Iraqi Police and Coalition military policedetained 10 suspected weapons smugglers Sept. 6 in the westal-Mansour district of Baghdad.The combined forces confiscated 33 various types ofweapons, more than 2,000 rounds of ammunition, nine bodyarmor vests and various bomb-making materials.The suspects also had currency worth more than $3,000 inIraqi dinar, U.S. dollars and Syrian pounds.The suspected smugglers were detained for questioning bythe Iraqi Police.— 2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Offi ceIraqi Security Forces capture 30 insurgentsAL ANBAR — Iraqi Security Forces along with Coalitionforces detained 30 confirmed insurgents and 38 suspectedinsurgents throughout the western Al Anbar Province duringcounterinsurgency operations Sept. 2-4.Western Anbar Province is an area of more than 30,000square miles which stretches from the Jordanian and Syrianborders hundreds of miles east to Hit, a city about 70 milesnorthwest of Ramadi.Iraqi police identified and detained 18 of the 38 capturedsuspected insurgents in Rawah, Iraq.One of the suspects captured by Rawah police officerswas wanted for his suspected involvement with a vehiclesuicide bombing against a U.S. military check point in theregion July 29. Several more captured in Rawah are suspectedof involvement with a recent attack on a Rawah policeofficer’s family. Police officers in Rawah also discovered twoimprovised explosive devices there Sept. 3.Iraqi and Coalition forces detained one known insurgentand 10 suspected insurgents Sept. 3 in HitThrough a variety of counterinsurgency operations Iraqiand Coalition forces captured 27 known insurgents and foursuspected insurgents in the Haditha Triad, a cluster of threecities – Haditha, Barwanah and Haqlaniyah.One captured insurgent was part of a four-man insurgentcell operating in Hadithah, another is suspected of havinginvolvement with various small arms attacks against aCoaliton base in Barwanah.The joint forces also captured six more suspectedinsurgents in Sa’dah and discovered an ordnance cache nearthe Iraqi-Syrian border.The cache consisted of 120 mm rockets, 155 mm rocketsand 122 mm rockets.— Multi-National Force – West Public Affairs Offi ceTwo Iraqi soldiers providesecurity for a vehiclecheckpoint in one of theirnew armored Humvees inthe Ameriyah district ofBaghdad Sept. 4.Photo by U.S. Navy Journalist 2nd Class John J. Pistone
Page 10 September 9, 2006Iraqi Security Forces / in briefIraqi Army takes lead in Tal AfarTAL AFAR — The 1st, Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 3rd IraqiArmy Division became the third and final battalion to take thelead in assuming security operations for the city of Tal Afarduring a ceremony held at Fort Tal Afar Sept. 4.The ceremony was attended by the mayor of Tal Afar, NajimAbdullah al Jubori; Maj. Gen. Khorsheed, commander, 3rdIraqi Army Division; Brig. Gen. Qais Hamza, commander, 2ndBrigade, 3rd Iraqi Army Division; and various dignitaries fromthe surrounding area.With this ceremony, all of the Iraqi Army battalions in TalAfar have taken the lead in security operations.— Multi-National Division – North Public Affairs Offi ceOperation South Sword Search continuesBAGHDAD — Iraqi Security Forces working closelywith Coalition forces continued Operation Together ForwardSept. 4 with Operation South Sword Search in the Baghdadneighborhood of Bakriya.Policemen of 1st Battalion, 5th Brigade, 2nd Iraqi NationalPolice Division, and Soldiers from 1st Brigade, 6th Iraqi ArmyDivision continue to clear the area of illegal weapons and put anend to terrorist activities.Since the launch of Operation Together Forward, the 2ndPhoto by U.S. Army Maj. Gerald OstlundAn Iraqi soldier with a rocket-propelled grenadelauncher takes aim at a line of trucks during aweapons handling drill at Kirkush Military TrainingBase Sept. 6.Brigade Combat Team has searched more than 27,000 buildingsand seized more than 600 illegal weapons and detained 32suspected terrorists.— 2nd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs Offi ceIraqi Police take down key insurgent leaderRAWAH — Iraqi Police killed one of the mostwanted insurgents in the city of Rawah Sept. 3 during acounterinsurgency operation.It is believed that Sadam Shihab Ahmad played a key role inthe coordination of insurgent operations and was also suspectedof involvement in the beheading of a Rawah policeman earlierthis year.As police approached Ahmad and another suspect in Rawah,the two suspects attempted to flee in a vehicle, but failed whenpolice maneuvered to block their escape route.A policeman ordered Ahmad and his passenger to exit thevehicle with their hands up. Refusing the order, Ahmad pointedan assault rifle at the policeman, who then fired several rounds inself-defense, killing Ahmad.Ahmad’s passenger exited the vehicle and threw a hand grenadeat the policeman, but the grenade failed to detonate. The suspectwas wounded when the policeman shot him in self-defense.The wounded suspect was evacuated to a nearby medicalfacility where he was reported in stable condition.A third suspect was detained during the operation as well.Iraqi Army seize weapons cache in mosqueBAGHDAD — Iraqi soldiers from the 9th Iraqi ArmyDivision seized a large weapons cache Sept. 2 while searchingthe Al-Nida Mosque in northern Baghdad.The cache consisted of 20 AK-47 assault rifles, 55 AK-47magazines, a PKC rifle and 600 PKC rounds.In a separate incident, the joint forces detained four suspectedterrorists after a search of a home in southern Baghdad revealeda weapons cache.The cache consisted of three AK-47 assault rifles, a Glockpistol, a grenade and an unidentified amount of loose armorpiercingrounds.In another incident, Iraqi soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 4thBrigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division detained a suspected terroristsoutheast of Baghdad after they found instructional cassettetapes in his vehicle on how to conduct terrorist attacks.To date Iraqi Security Forces and Coalition forces havecleared 45,800 buildings, 49 mosques and 39 muhallas, detained75 terrorist suspects, seized more than 1,000 weapons, registeredmore than 425 weapons and found 26 weapons caches. Thecombined forces have also replaced more than 1,152 doors, 38windows and 1,366 locks damaged during clearing operationsand have removed more than 25,561 cubic meters of trash fromthe streets of Baghdad.— Multi-National Division – Baghdad Public Affairs Offi ce