Monday, April 21, 2008

Coalition Forces Respond to Extremist Attacks

By Spc. Ben Hutto
3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division

FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER, Iraq – Iraqi policemen from the 3rd Battalion, 1st National Police Division and Soldiers from Company C, 1st Battalion, 15th Infantry Regiment, responded to an extremist attack in al-Jarra, a small town near Salman Pak, April 19.

Extremists detonated an improvised explosive device, destroying a house but injuring no one.

According to Staff Sgt. Bobby Dorsey, the non-commissioned officer in charge of Company C’s fire support element, the attack was an attempt by extremists to intimidate the local populace and NPs operating in the area.

“This attack is an attempt by extremists, who have lost the foothold they once had, to try and intimidate the national police operating here,” said Dorsey, a native of Norman Park, Ga. “I believe it shows how little they care about the people of this area and how desperate they have become.”

The 1-15th Inf. Regt. is assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, from Fort Benning, Ga., and has been deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom since March 2007.

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