101st Airborne Works With Iraqi Army In Security Efforts
Things in the general region around Baghdad continue to be calming, and the insurgency is slowly being strangled due to lack of supplies, personnel, funding, and most recently: Interest.
Joining together with the Iraqi Security Forces the efforts of the Coalition have been very successful, and as the citizens realize that they are in control of their own destiny, the level of cooperation has risen dramatically.
The officials in both the Coalition and among the ISF are seeking ways to show the general public and the world at large that the insurgency in Baghdad is truly beginning to die on the vine.
“A year ago we had more than 100 different attacks that occurred each week, this year we are down to less than 12 a week, and some weeks it is much lower than that,” said Army Colonel Dominic Caraccilo. Colonel Caraccilo is the 101st Airborne Division 3rd BCT commander.
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Hard work, and daily patrols have made the difference. The coalition and their Iraqi Allies are preparing to launch Operation Marne Pile Driver that is part of a region wide effort. This is a concerted effort to rid the region of insurgent cells, insurgent leaders and to decimate and destroy their support structure.
“But this time it will be a Iraqi operation, Iraqi led 100 percent,” said Colonel Caraccilo. “They are ready to take the lead, and have earned their chance, they will do an excellent job,” stated Colonel Caraccilo.