A division-level offensive that targeted al Qaeda throughout Salah ad Din, Diyala, Ninewah, and Tamim provinces during Operation Phantom Strike.
The surge of operations that American and Iraqi forces began on June 15 has dramatically improved security in Baghdad and throughout Iraq.
A division-level operation targeting al-Qaeda in Iraq and Sunni insurgents in the Euphrates River Valley southwest of Baghdad during Operation Phantom Strike.
As part of a series of interviews with Brigade and Division-level commanders in Iraq, I spoke today with COL J.B. Burton, commander of the 2nd BCT, 1st Infantry Division (Dagger Brigade) about the clearing of Mansour and the continuing fight against both Sunni and Shi'a extremists as part of Operation Fardh al-Qanoon. You can access the video, Col. Burton's briefing slides, and the transcript below.
The Karkh security district is located in the heart of Baghdad; a significant portion of the district is occupied by the International Zone, also known as the Green Zone, site of the U.S. Embassy. Karkh is perhaps best known for the main road, Haifa Street, which runs from the International Zone northwest to the neighborhood of Sheikh Ma’arouf and Kadhimiyah.