The Iraq Army and SWAT teams began their raid in the early morning hours on July 12th, headed into a suspected insurgent safe house in the farmlands to the north of Balad. They were carried to the scene by high speed MV-22 helicopters, courtesy of the Coalition.
They worked to capture six men who are wanted by the coalition, and who are suspected insurgents. The alleged insurgents were given over to the coalition, who took them to a detainee facility for questioning.
The 1st Special Troops Battalion, 1st brigade combat team, 101st Airborne division conducted an air assault with backup to support the Iraqi soldiers and Iraq SWAT soldiers who performed the actual mission.
The overall professionalism has grown on the part of the Iraqi SWAT team, and the regular ISF forces. They have worked to gain training and ability, and slowly gained confidence in their abilities.
The raid yielded several vehicle borne devices, and IED explosive devices. The whole operation was designed to deny the enemy extremists the ability to continue to carry out operations.
The success of the raid is a tribute both to the Iraqi ISF and SWAT team growing professionalism, as well as the professionalism of the Coalition trainers and soldiers who have worked countless hours to make sure that when they withdraw from Iraq eventually that the Iraqi forces have the training, expertise and equipment able to perform their job.