Operation Swarmer Ends With All Objectives Met
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, March 23, 2006 Operation Swarmer, a combined operation involving Iraqi soldiers and police commandos and coalition forces wrapped up yesterday without any casualties and all of the tactical objectives met, Multinational Force Iraq officials announced today.
The mission began with the helicopter transport of about 1,500 Iraqi and coalition soldiers and Iraqi police commandos into a 10-by-10-square-mile area northeast of Samarra on March 16. The initial insertion aircraft and subsequent air security provided by the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade moved the force, made up of units from Iraq's 1st Commando Brigade, 1st Brigade, 4th Army Division, and the U.S. 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division.
The combined force moved through the area using intelligence and planning provided primarily by the Iraqi security forces, officials said. The operation, they added, resulted in 104 suspected insurgents being detained and questioned and 24 weapons caches discovered.
The caches included:
- Six shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles;
- More than 350 mortar rounds and three mortar systems;
- 26 artillery rounds;
- A variety of bomb-making materials and other military items;
- More than 120 rockets;
- More than 3,200 rounds of small-arms ammunition;
- 86 rocket-propelled grenades and 28 launchers;
- Six land mines;
- 12 hand grenades and 40 rifle grenades; and
- 34 rifles and machine guns of various types.
All units have safely returned to their garrison locations and forward operating bases preparing for future operations, officials said.
In other news from Iraq, elements of the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, found five weapons cache sites west of Baghdad yesterday. The caches contained 17 pressure plate initiators, 18 106 mm heat rounds, 400 blasting caps, 20 radios with timers, 40 artillery rounds of various sizes and a large amount of .50-caliber rounds.
(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)