11 October 2004 – The Sovereign Government of Iraq decided to remove insurgent forces and restore the city of Samarra to its citizens and their legitimate government. Both Coalition forces and Iraqi Regular Army and National Guard forces were ordered to regain security and stability in Iraq’s central regions. The successful joint operation was tasked with six Iraqi Battalions that including the 201st, 202nd and 203rd Iraqi National Guard Battalions, the 7th Iraqi Army Battalion, the 1st Special Police Battalion and the 36th Commando Battalion. Coalition forces included elements from the 1st Infantry Division, which included its 2nd Brigade Combat Team supported by the 1st Squadron 4th Cavalry and the 1st Battalion 14th Infantry Regiments. The deliberate plan and operation called for a simultaneous, precision strike against the enemy from multiple directions.
The combat operation began shortly after midnight on the morning of October 1st, and by the evening of the same day several key Iraqi Government and religious sites were firmly under Iraqi control. A crucial element of this operation was the joint and independent operations of the Iraqi forces. Iraqi security forces operated independently when entering Samarra’s Golden Mosque and its feature known as the “Spiral Minaret.” According to Major General John Batiste, the Commanding General of the United States 1st Infantry Division; “Iraqi Security Forces performed extremely well and we are very proud of them.”
The final phase of this mission continues. A detailed assessment of the battleground and the city has been completed. Water services are currently restored and electrical services will be restored in the very near future. The rebuilding and resupply of the Samarra General Hospital continues to be a top concern of U.S. and Iraqi forces and officials. To this date over $40,000 of medical supplies have been delivered with $200,000 more to be delivered in the next few days.
The battle damage and outcome from this event included confirmed reports of 127 anti-Iraqi forces killed in the fighting, the capturing of 128 enemy fighters, a count of 20 civilians killed in the fighting and 61 wounded. Civilian casualties were due to the anti-Iraqi forces use of civilian homes as defensive strong points and the use of civilians as human shields in congested areas while engaging Coalition and Iraqi forces.
The Iraqi security forces are in firm control of Samarra. Reconstruction continues. The morale of Iraqi security forces and Coalition forces is extremely high. Iraqi soldiers feel honored to have performed heroically in combat in defense of their country. This operation is one of many designed to maintain security and stability in Iraq and to decisively eliminate the insurgency.
Did you know that the following Infrastructure Projects are happening right now in Samarra?
• Medical Supply Effort to Hospital
• Complete Refurbishment of 3 primary schools
• 3 Higher Education Projects (Academy of Science, College of Education, & Women’s Vocational Center)
• Samarra Main Medical Clinic Renovation Project
• Highway Patrol Station Renovation Project
• Well Digging Projects in Eastern Samarra
• Trash and Sanitation Projects
• Highway 1 Clean up Project
• Electrical Power Project for the Mukashifa Police Department
• Ambulance for the Aashaq Clinic
• AL Fadhael Clinic
• Future Projects to include: 3 Primary School Upgrade Projects; 1 Security Project for Electrical Substation; and a Water Distribution Project