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Army Launches 'Ivy Cyclone II' to Target Insurgents

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2003 – The Army's 4th Infantry Division and Task Force Ironhorse have launched a combined-arms operation called Ivy Cyclone II in the effort to root out and crush insurgents in Iraq, U.S. Central Command officials announced today.

Officials said the operation combines "actionable intelligence" with close-air support, Army aviation, armor, artillery, mechanized infantry and air-assault operations for rapid deployment of dismounted artillery. Coalition forces, officials added, will continue to deploy large numbers of forces in specific areas that have been identified as platforms for coordination and control of enemy operations.

CENTCOM officials said intelligence reports from a variety of sources indicate former regime leaders, criminals and other subversive groups are operating in the areas of Tikrit, Baquba, Kirkuk and Balad, and Ivy Cyclone II directly targets those operations. "The intention is to permanently disrupt their capability to plan attacks against coalition targets," a CENTCOM news release said.

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