Iraq Operations making progress
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) — Hundreds of U.S. soldiers entered the Shiite stronghold of Sadr City on Sunday in the first major push into the area since an American-led security sweep began last month around Baghdad.
Soldiers conducted house-to-house searches through the densely populated grid of squat two- and three-story buildings, but met no resistance in a district firmly in the hands of the Mahdi Army militia led by the radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, said Lt. Col. David Oclander.
Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, a U.S. military spokesman, told Al-Arabiya television U.S. officials spoke daily with community leaders in Sadr City before entering the stronghold.
“If you go to Sadr City today you will see joint Iraqi and American troops cooperating with the head of the Sadr City council,” Caldwell said in comments translated into Arabic. “There is no problem between the two sides, and we are trying to set up a small security center there.”
And in News in Iraq not reported by the AP or any other major news outlet;
Multi-National Division, Baghdad soldiers continue to find weapons caches along Mullah Fayad Highway during an ongoing operation southwest of Baghdad, Feb. 28.
As reported earlier, soldiers from Company A, 2nd Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) found a massive cache along the highway as part of Operation Commando Viper, an operation intended to deny terrorists’ freedom of movement in southwest Baghdad.
After continuing to scour the area, the ‘Golden Dragons’ found an additional six caches along the highway, just west of Yusufiyah, March 1.
The violence, car bombings, and homicide attacks in Iraq make headlines.. but the efforts that our forces undertake to make Iraq more secure, and offer a breath of hope and freedom into a region that desperately lacks in both deserve far more coverage.