Operation Lion Pounce Wildly Successful
The City of Diwaniyah was once a place where it was possible to relax, to walk about during the day or night and not be fearful or to feel anxious. It has not been that way for quite some time, perhaps since before the reign of Saddam.
But because of all the efforts of Coalition troops and the local citizens, Diwaniyah is once again at peace.
Members of the eighth Iraqi Army Soldiers, joined together with members of the Iraq Special Operations Forces, Iraqi Police and Iraqi Emergency Response (ERU) have worked together with coalition forces guidance and training to re take the city.
Residents can now enjoy the ability to walk the streets, and visit the parks and areas in the city without being afraid. The former cloak of fear inhabiting the city is gone.
This is the result of operations between Iraqi Forces and U.S. and Coalition Troops, the most recent being “Operation Lion Pounce”. Lion Pounce is a group of ongoing operations designed to try and neutralize, isolate and disrupt insurgent, militant and crime related activity and organizations in and around Diwaniyah.
The whole Operation Lion Pounce was to “try and get the city back to the way it should be, peaceful and quiet” stated Colonel Hasan, Chief of 8th Iraqi Army Staff.
U.S. Special Forces Advisors working with Iraqi Forces began the first Operation Lion Pounce Missions in November. In operations up to now, one hundred fifty suspects have been captured and questioned.
“We are proud to be flushing out the militants from their hidey holes,” said the Colonel.