Violence can be seen every day in Iraq and that's something our troops are working hard to stop, one insurgent at a time.
Part of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 3rd Infantry Division is working in the Arab Jabour region of Iraq as part of Operation Marne Torch. "We have a mission to go in and kill or capture the insurgents that have been working in that region and having the ability to go into Baghdad and create spectacular attacks," Col. Terry Ferrell, commander of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division told us in a satellite interview.
And trying to keep the insurgents from terrorizing an entire country is a job 24 hours/day, seven days/week. But Col. Ferrell says there are a lot of things that our troops endure that you don't hear of on a daily basis. "Just in the last ten days, we have gone through a region that has not had a coalition presence...a US presence to say the least, in numerous months," he explained. "We've cleared over 370 structures going in and out of houses, identifying insurgents, identifying friendly forces, friendly individuals, we've even identified civilians, cataloguing houses, cataloging civilians on a day to day basis, identifying weapons caches, looking for where they may be storing these."
But he says acceptance among the Iraqi civilians toward American troops is growing because they are realizing that the troops are there to stay and Colonel Ferrell says he couldn't be more proud. "These soldiers go out and they take the challenge that we give them and they take the fight to the enemy," he said. "Their spirits are high, they know what they have to do, and they take it head on. I cannot be more honored than to serve with the soldiers that we have in our ranks today."
Col. Ferrell also encourages everyone in the Coastal Empire to keep supporting our troops.