Operation Phantom Strike
Since June 2007, Multi-National Division - Center (MND-C) has been engaged in a large-scale effort to secure the Belts south and east of Baghdad.
Over the last year, Coalition and Iraqi Forces made significant progress fighting al Qaeda in Iraq. This Backgrounder provides a brief summary of operations against al Qaeda in 2007.
Coalition offensive operations in the southern and eastern belts of Baghdad from 6/2007 - 1/2008 have worked to support ongoing security operations within the city.
A division-level operation targeting al-Qaeda in Iraq and Sunni insurgents in Iskandariyah south of Baghdad during Operation Phantom Strike.
In the last six months, violence in Iraq has declined to some of the lowest levels since the conflict began. This document contains MNF-I and MNC-I statistics that chart this reduction in violence.
As part of a series of interviews with Brigade and Division-level commanders in Iraq, I spoke today with COL Wayne Grigsby, commander of the 3rd HBCT, 3rd Infantry Division (Sledgehammer Brigade) about the clearing of the Mad’ain Qadaa and the continuing fight against both Sunni and Shi'a extremists. You can access the audio and the transcript below.