Daily News header

Operation Swarmer: Iraqis, Coalition Launch Massive Air Assault, NE Samarra


Soldiers and aircraft are positioned on the airstrip at Forward Operating Base Remagen in advance of Operation Swarmer, a combined Iraqi and Coalition operation to clear a suspected insurgent operating area northeast of Samarra. The Soldiers are from the Iraqi Army's 1st Brigade, 4th Division, and the 101st Airborne Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team, and the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade.
U.S. Army photo by Sgt. First Class Antony Joseph

TIKRIT, Iraq - Iraqi Security Forces and their Coalition partners launched the largest air assault operation since Operation Iraqi Freedom I today in southern Salah Ad Din province to clear a suspected insurgent operating area northeast of Samarra.

Operation Swarmer began this morning with soldiers from the Iraqi Army's 1st Brigade, 4th Division, the 101st Airborne Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team and the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade conducting a combined air and ground assault to isolate the objective area.

Attack and assault aircraft provided aerial weapons support for the operation and also delivered troops from the Iraq Army's 4th Division, the Rakkasans from 1st and 3rd Battalions, 187th Infantry Regiment and the Hunters from 2nd Squadron, 9th Cavalry Regiment to multiple objectives. Forces from the 2nd Commando Brigade then completed a ground infiltration to secure numerous structures in the area.

More than 1,500 Iraqi and Coalition troops, over 200 tactical vehicles, and more than 50 aircraft participated in the operation.

Initial reports from the objective area indicate that a number of enemy weapons caches have been captured, containing artillery shells, explosives, IED-making materials, and military uniforms.

The operation is expected to continue for several days as a thorough search of the objective area is conducted.

Operation Swarmer follows closely the completion of a combined Iraqi - Coalition operation west of Samarra in early March that yielded substantial enemy weapons and equipment caches.

The name Swarmer was derived from the name given to the largest peacetime airborne maneuvers ever conducted, in spring 1950 in North Carolina. Soon after this exercise, the 187th Infantry was selected to deploy to Korea as an Airborne Regimental Combat Team to provide General MacArthur with an airborne capability.

See Also: Operation Swarmer Continues Northeast of Samarra

Source: Multi-National Force-Iraq

  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 deeper meaning of ISIS and why even the US Intelligence Agencies can't get to know who these guys are
Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi will administer the oath of Sadbhawana Divas to all officials and staff of Assam Secretariat.
Maliki, the disaster, played for time, accused President Fuad Masum of violating the constitution, and withdrew only under huge pressure by former allies.
The flood situation in Lakhimpur district turned critical as flood waters of Subansiri, Ranganadi inundated 120 villages and washed away three embankments in the district.
According to media report, Mr. Maliki appeared alongside his successor and announced his withdrawal of his candidacy. The former PM also vowed support of the formation of the new government to be spearheaded by Mr. Al-Albadi.
Death toll rose to three after one more body recovered from B-sector under Dhansiri sub division in Golaghat district along Nagaland border on Wednesday morning.

 

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