Iraqi Army conducts independent operations in and around Kirkuk; Seventh multi-battalion operation in ten days
The Iraqi Army has launch yet another independent operation, code named Scorpion, in the Kirkuk region. This is a combined multi-battalion operation comprised of two Iraqi battalions, the 1st and 5th battalions of the Iraqi Army’s 2nd Brigade, 4th Division, with the U.S. 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division acting in a supporting role. According to Multinational Forces – Iraq, “The operation was developed and planned by Maj. Gen. Anwar, commander of the Iraqi 2nd Brigade, and his staff.”
Five villages are the focus of the operation, which was driven by “Iraqi-generated intelligence”. Scorpion is a cordon & search operation designed to uncover weapons caches and flush out and detain suspected insurgents.
The operational tempo in central and northern Iraq has increased. Scorpion is the seventh multi-battalion counterinsurgency operation launched in the last ten days, and follows Swarmer (Samarra, March 16-23), Raging Bull (Haditha Triad, March 21), Normandy (Ramadi, March 21), Iron Strike (Salman Pak, March 21), Northen Lights (Abu Ghraib, March 23), and an unnamed operation near Balad (March 18-23).