Peace Like A River

It was a wide river, mistakable for a lake or even an ocean unless you'd been wading and knew its current. Somehow I'd crossed it... Now I saw the stream regrouped below, flowing on through what might've been vineyards, pastures, orhards... It flowed between and alongside the rivers of people; from here it was no more than a silver wire winding toward the city. - Leif Enger, Peace Like A River

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Operation Iron Hammer begins

As I mentioned here, in the wake of Steel Curtain near the Syrian border, and all the activity in the Ramadi and Fallujah areas at the eastern end of the ratlines, it made sense to me that there would be a big operation along the Euphrates, and it would probably come somewhere in the middle.

That operation began today. Operation Iron Hammer is underway in Hit, some 65 km northwest of Ramadi.

The aim of the operation is to clear the region of al Qaeda and Iraq-led terrorists and establish a secure environment for the upcoming National Elections, Dec. 15.

Approximately 500 Iraqi Army soldiers from 2nd Brigade, 7th Iraqi Army Division and 1,500 Marines and Sailors from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit along with 500 Soldiers from 2nd Battalion-114th Field Artillery Regiment are conducting Operation Matraqa Hadidia (Iron Hammer) east of Hit, approximately 170 km from Baghdad.

The Hai Al Becker region is suspected to be an al Qaeda in Iraq safe area and base of operations for the manufacture of vehicle car bombs, roadside bombs. It is also believed to be a stopping point for terrorists as they transit the ‘rat lines’ down the Euphrates River from Syria into the interior of Iraq.

In early July, Iraqi and U.S. Forces established long-term security presence in the city of Hit during Operation Saif (Sword). During Saif, few terrorists were located; however, a score of weapons caches have been discovered in the region.

Operation Iron Hammer will clear the area on the eastern side of the Euphrates River, an area not typically patrolled by Iraqi and U.S. Forces.

Bill Roggio adds this:

The Coalition forces currently occupy Hit, but Iron Hammer is directed at a portion of the city called the Hai Al Becker region which lies on the Eastern bank of the Euphrates River.

The 13th MEU took part in Steel Curtain. I discussed the Iraqi 7th Army Division here.


  • At Fri Dec 02, 01:27:00 AM, Anonymous said…

    Bill, again thanks for separating the wheat from the chaff. I have a vested interest in Op's. Steel Curtain and Iron Hammer. My son is with the 13th MEU.
    Thanks for continuing to get the real news to those who need to hear it most-----those who WAIT!
    Semper Fi.


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