Area Once Terrorized By Al Qaeda
The area along the North Tigris River has a long history of turmoil. It formerly has seen inhabiting from Al Qaeda, and a prolonged military and insurgency battlefield. But slowly the Iraqi Security Forces have gained control, and now it is a peaceful and secure region.
The insurgency has been chased out of the region, and recently the coalition participated in an operation that was led by members of the ISF forces.
The Operation Summit Pursuit has worked to give chase to the remaining elements of terrorist cells, and to show that a prolonged military presence is a good thing.
Along with the ISF forces, the effort is spearheaded by members of the 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry regiment. These soldiers work cooperatively with the District governments of Sharqat, and Hawijah, and they all work together to keep the region safe.
It is a task force level operation that uses lethal methods of a conventional nature, along with non-lethal methods and tactics to help villages where ISF and coalition forces have worked together.
The regions to the north along the Sabah, Taq Taq, and Hegnah villages were previously were areas that were covered by Al Qaeda. Now, it has been slowly regained for civilian and peaceful purposes, and the members of Al Qaeda have all been chased out.
This is the first time that Coalition forces and ISF forces have worked successfully together in these villages, and it has been very successful.