Marine Corps Support Iraqi Inspection Effort And Smuggling Exposure
The Iraqi Security forces have been gradually working into a leadership role in their own security, the need for Coalition assistance and leadership has slowly dropped off. Recently, after a smuggling operation was discovered, the Iraqi Army asked for assistance from the coalition, in a display of operational awareness.
Insurgents and criminals have been working to smuggle different weapons and explosives inside gravel trucks transporting gravel for all of the different construction projects going on in Iraq. The Iraqi National Police and Army became aware of this, and they contacted the Coalition and requested assistance.
Members of Regimental Combat Team 1, 3rd Marine Regiment, 2nd Battalion, Company F worked with Iraqi National Police and Iraqi Army members in “Operation Gravel Dump.” The Iraqi Army decided on a particular day that all trucks that were transporting gravel along a road named “Chicago” near the village of Karma would be searched.
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The Coalition provided dog search teams and other search teams to assist. Using these methods the Iraqi Security Forces searched every truck and vehicle that came through a certain check point. There were no weapons found during the search, but the operation went very smoothly and it is believed that the insurgents have discontinued their smuggling now that the method of smuggling has been discovered and uncovered.