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5/20 on patrol in Baghdad

Post by News Tribune Staff on Dec. 18, 2006 at 6:19 pm with No Comments »
December 18, 2006 6:19 pm


Soldiers from the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment from Fort Lewis patrol Baghdad’s Adhamiya neighborhood last week as part of operations with Iraqi security forces aimed at stopping sectarian violence.

U.S. Army photo/Spc. Jeffrey Alexander

There hasn’t been a ton of news flowing out of the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division lately, which, granted, is not entirely a bad thing. But we’re keeping the feelers out there in hopes that we can tell readers at least a bit about what the Fort Lewis Strykers are up to.

The Multi-National Division-Baghdad public affairs office put out a couple press releases in the past week offering snippets of info about the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment. We believe it’s the 5-20’s one company that’s been in Baghdad since the beginning of the deployment.

They did some high-profile ‘cordon-and-clear’ missions with Iraqi security troops in the Adhamiya neighborhood, just east of the Tigris River in central Baghdad. We think they had a hand in the Dec. 10 capture of a leader of a kidnapping and murder cell in that neighborhood. And on Sunday they found a small weapons cache.

We’d like to tell you more but at the moment the Army’s public affairs apparatus in Baghdad isn’t as well-oiled as maybe it should be — unanswered e-mails being the current problem. But we’ll keep trying.

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