Daily News header

Operation Trust in God in Al Anbar Province - Independent Iraqi Operation

By Capt. Jeffrey S. Pool

CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq - Soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 4th Brigade, 1st Iraqi Army Division spearheaded their second independent operation yesterday.

Iraqi soldiers led a security presence and sweeping operation today in the village of Subiyhat to clear the area of insurgents and interact with the populace.

Subiyhat is a small village located in rural, eastern Al Anbar Province, home to more than 2,000 citizens in the vicinity of Fallujah.

Operation Tawakalna Ala Allah, (Trust in God) was the unit's second battalion-sized operation in the Al Anbar Province planned and conducted by the 1st Battalion, 4th Brigade leadership.

Marines from 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team - 8 assisted in the operation by providing security on the outer perimeter.


An Iraqi soldier from the 1st Battalion, 4th Brigade, 1st Iraqi Army Division, jokes with residents of Subiyaht, Iraq during Operation Tawakalna Ala Allah, Arabic for Trust in God, Feb. 11, 2006. It was the second battalion-sized operation in the Al Anbar Province planned, lead and conducted by the 1st Battalion, 4th Brigade, 1st Iraqi Army Division. The goals of the operation were to clear the area of insurgents and interact with the populace. Subiyhat is a small village located in rural, eastern Al Anbar Province, home to more than 2,000 citizens.
Photo: 1stLt Nate Braden, US Marine Corps

The operation resulted in the detention of four suspected insurgents and enhanced relations between the citizens of Subiyhat and the Iraqi Army.

"I want the people in this area to understand that we are here for their protection and we are here to stay," said Col. Najim Abdullah Menahi Salmon, commanding officer, 1st Battalion, 4th Brigade. "I am very proud of the way my soldiers operated today...our mission was a success."

The operation involved three Iraqi army companies from the 1st Battalion, 4th Brigade which patrolled the village. Two additional Marine companies from 1st Battalion manned the outer security cordon.

The primary goals for the Iraqi soldiers were to meet with locals and search for illegal weapons. They also distributed leaflets with the battalion's tips line phone number so residents can report insurgent activity.

In addition, the soldiers passed out several dozen Iraqi national flags while interacting with the villagers.

"The national flags are popular because it gives the people pride to receive the Iraqi flag from the soldiers of the Iraqi army," Najim said. "I plan to build on our success today and increase these types of operations in the future."

The Marine commander supporting the operation also considered the day's efforts a success.

"My number one priority during this deployment is to facilitate the development of the Iraqi army capabilities," said Lt. Col. David J. Furness, commanding officer, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment. "The more [the Iraqi Army] operates, the more confident they become in their abilities, and the more eager they become to assume responsibility for security."

Iraq's 1st Battalion, 4th Brigade assumed their current battle space from the U.S Marine's 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment Feb. 1.

This operation was the next step in the progression of this unit gaining complete operational independence in this area of operations, Furness said.
The 1st Battalion, 4th Brigade, 1st Iraqi Army Division is partnered with Regimental Combat Team 8, under the II Marine Expeditionary Force (Fwd) in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Source: USMC

  Please leave a comment here     If it does not display within 10 seconds, please refresh the page

Related World News News

Kimberly Jones investigates the extreme terrorist group ISIS, which is generating jihadi enemies with its ruthless self-serving actions.
John Child says although the countdown to a new constitution has started, the likelihood of getting a constitution at all next year, is very low.
Without an Iran-friendly PM in Iraq, Iran will have difficulty in Iraq. ISIS helps control the Sunni problem. The international community needs to break this wicked weave.
Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed in Ukraine, in the Donetsk region, near the Russian border. Separatists suspected in the downing say their weapons could not reach the flight.
Iran's nuclear weapons ambitions, their support for terrorism and religious fundamentalism, and their worsening human rights record were discussed.
Israel must take the initiative because its extraordinary achievements and permanence cannot be sustained by its military prowess alone.

 

NewsBlaze Writers Of The Month



Popular Stories This Month

newsletter logo

NewsBlaze
Copyright © 2004-2014 NewsBlaze Pty. Ltd.
Use of this website is subject to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy  | DMCA Notice               Press Room   |    Visit NewsBlaze Mobile Site