IRAQ - Aug. 11 - US Force Target Saddam Loyalists.
The US army launch a new operation to hunt guerrillas loyal to Saddam Hussein Saddam Hussein
(born April 28, 1937, Tikrit, Iraq—died Dec. 30, 2006, Baghdad) President of Iraq (1979–2003). He joined the Ba'th Party in 1957. Following participation in a failed attempt to assassinate Iraqi Pres. in remote villages north of Baghdad. Lt.-Col. William Macdonald William Macdonald or MacDonald or McDonald may refer to:
Operation Ivy was the eighth series of American nuclear tests, coming after Tumbler-Snapper and before Upshot-Knothole. Lightning would use Apache helicopters, Abrams tanks and mechanised Adj. 1. mechanised - using vehicles; "motorized warfare"
mobile - moving or capable of moving readily (especially from place to place); "a mobile missile system"; "the tongue is...the most mobile articulator"
2. infantry to hunt Saddam loyalists who may have fled to remoter areas after hundreds of US raids around Saddam's hometown of Tikrit. He said: "Ivy Lightning is a surgical strike in remote towns... to isolate and capture no-compliant forces and former regime loyalists who are planning attacks against Coalition forces". The operation will focus on the area around Qara Tappa, around 80 miles north of Baghdad. MacDonald said intelligence reports suggested senior Saddam loyalists may have moved there after weeks of US raids around Tikrit. Saddam remains on the run despite a $25m price on his head and the killing of his sons Uday and Qusay in a US raid last month on their hideout in the northern city of Mosul. Meanwhile, the US military said one soldier was killed and two wounded on Aug. 10 in a bomb blast in Baquba, a restive town which lies north-east of Baghdad. Three other soldiers were wounded, one seriously, in a combined bomb and rocket-propelled grenade RPG, or rocket-propelled grenade is a loose term describing hand-held, shoulder-launched anti-tank weapons capable of firing an unguided rocket equipped with an explosive warhead. attack near the town of Shumayt, north of Tikrit. Guerrilla attacks have killed 56 US soldiers since Washington declared major combat over on May 1. Most of the attacks have been concentrated in Baghdad and in the "Sunni triangle The Sunni Triangle refers to a densely-populated region of Iraq to the northwest of Baghdad that is inhabited mostly by Sunni Muslim Arabs. The roughly triangular area's corners are usually said to lie near Baghdad (on the east side of the triangle), Ramadi (on the west side) and " north and west of the capital. Operation Ivy Lightning is the 5th operation launched by US forces to root out resistance since major hostilities ended.