Iraqi Police offload from a police vehicle during Operation Lions of Ramadi. The operation was led by Iraqi Police while Iraqi and coalition forces provided outer security. Photo by SPC Ricardo Branch
Iraqi police set up security checkpoints during cordon and search operations in the Qatana District in Ar Ramadi. Operation Lions of Ramadi cleared the local neighborhood of insurgents and weapons. Photo by Cpl. Paul Robbins
The following was released by the 1st Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Public Affairs Office, Ar Ramadi, Iraq:
RAMADI, Iraq (March 20, 2007) - The Western Ramadi District Police conducted a massive police operation targeting insurgents today in Ramadi.
Coordinating between several stations within his district, Brig. Gen. Khalil Ibrahim Hamadi, chief of the Ramadi District Police, personally led more than 500 policemen as they conducted house-to-house searches in the capital city of Al Anbar Province.
"The Sons of Ramadi work tirelessly to eradicate criminals and bring them to justice," said Khalil. "Today we achieved a noble goal in providing security and stability to our families and the people of Ramadi."
During the 10-hour operation, named Operation Lions of Ramadi, police detained more than 45 suspected insurgents, confiscated propaganda material and discovered several caches containing assault rifles, machine guns, and mortar and artillery shells used to produce improvised explosive devices.
Insurgents utilizing an IED during the operation killed one civilian and injured five. The wounded were transported by local citizens to a nearby Joint Security Station, then evacuated to a Coalition medical facility for further treatment.