List of coalition military operations of the Iraq War

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M1A1 Abrams pose for a photo under the "Hands of Victory" in Ceremony Square, Baghdad, Iraq.

This is a list of coalition military operations of the Iraq War, undertaken by Multi-National Force – Iraq. The list covers operations from 2003 until December 2011. For later operations, see American-led intervention in Iraq (2014–present).


Though the initial war lasted for only 21 days, the coalition soon found themselves fighting insurgent forces. Upon completion of the initial conflict the coalition troops began counterinsurgency, humanitarian, security and various other types of operations in order to stabilize the country.

Battle/Operation name From date To date Location Purpose/Result
Operation Iraqi Freedom 19 March 2003 31 August 2010 Iraq U.S. invasion in Iraq. Planned to end with the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops, and succeeded by Operation New Dawn (see 2010 below).
Operation Bastille September 2002 March 2003 Throughout Iraq Forward Presence: Was the code name for the operation to deploy force elements and prepare for possible combat operations in Iraq
Objective Buford March 2003 March 2003 Bashur, near the city of Security: Set up a perimeter and traffic checkpoints around an airfield, which has a runway 6,700 feet (2,000 m).
Battle of Umm Qasr 21 March 2003 25 March 2003 Umm Qasr Battle: Was the first military confrontation in the Second Iraq War.
Battle of Nasiriyah 23 March 2003 29 March 2003 Nasiriyah Battle: During the fighting 18 Marines and 11 soldiers were killed and about 50 were wounded, while the Iraqi resistance was neutralized fairly rapidly thereafter.
Operation Northern Delay 26 March 2003 26 March 2003 Bashur Airfield Security: Forced the Iraqi Army to maintain approximately six divisions in the area to protect its northern flank, providing strategic relief for Coalition Forces advancing on Baghdad. Also may have been associated with the name "Operation Option North" whose objective was to seize the city of Kirkuk, the northern oil fields and several military airfields in the area.
Battle of Baghdad 3 April 2003 12 April 2003 Baghdad Battle: The invasion of the city commenced three days after Allied forces had secured the Baghdad airport
Battle of Debecka Pass 6 April 2003 6 April 2003 Debecka Pass Battle: To secure a major crossroads near the village of Debecka
Operation Airborne Dragon 7 April 2003 7 April 2003 Bashur Airfield, northern Iraq Contingency: Marked the beginning of the first expeditionary insertion of a U.S. armored force into combat by air.
Operation Planet X 15 May 2003 15 May 2003 A village near Ad Dawr and Al Dur, 11 mi (18 km) north of Tikrit Contingency: American raid to capture Ba'athists
Operation Peninsula Strike 9 June 2003 13 June 2003 Balad Contingency: American raid to capture Ba'athists.
Operation Desert Snowplough 12 June 2003 3 August 2007 Al-Qurna district North of Basra Contingency: Codename for Danish operations under British command.
Operation Desert Scorpion 15 June 2003 29 June 2003 Fallujah, from Kirkuk in the north to Taji in the south Contingency: American raid to capture Ba'athists. (included a number of lesser operations such as Scorpion Sting, Spartan Scorpion and Rifles Scorpion)
Operation Spartan Scorpion 15 June 2003 16 June 2003 Throughout Iraq Contingency: Consisted of nationwide raids designed to remove all remaining Ba'ath Party, non-compliant forces and paramilitary forces[1]
Operation Scorpion Sting 16 June 2003 16 June 2003 the Thawra neighborhood of Baghdad Contingency: Coalition soldiers found and confiscated three pistols, one rifle, two mortar rounds and detained 31 suspected criminals
Operation Sidewinder 29 June 2003 7 July 2003 a city about 20 kilometers east of al Taji Contingency: Raids against suspected Hussein supporters. Was designed in support of Operation Desert Scorpion. It involved the 4th Infantry Division, who were tasked with securing highways.[2]
Operation Iron Bullet July 2003 July 2003 Baghdad Security: Was designed to collect dangerous ordnance and transport it out of the city where it can be safely handled or destroyed
Operation Tyr July 2003 July 2003 Tikrit Security: Destroyed a series of stationary targets without risk of civilian casualties but with high visibility. Was an assault conducted by the 4th Infantry Division in Tikrit, primarily as a show of force to deter terrorist and anti-coalition forces. The 1st Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment destroyed a series of stationary targets without risk of civilian casualties but with high visibility. Troops also destroyed Iraqi tanks using high explosive munitions. No one was reported injured in the operation.
Operation Ivy Serpent 12 July 2003 21 July 2003 a region along Highway 1 between the cities of Bayji, Huwayiah and Samarra Counterinsurgency: Was a preemptive strike focused aggressively on non-compliant forces and former regime leaders who are planning attacks against coalition forces in an attempt to hinder coalition and Iraqi efforts in building a new Iraq. Was an American anti-insurgent sweep in Sallahadin and Diala provinces. It was conducted concurrently with Operation Soda Mountain. The operation was centered on a section of Highway 1 north of Baghdad near the towns of Bayji, Huwayiah, and Samarra. The American action was based on the Fourth Infantry Division whose insignia is ivy. This is a play on the Roman numeral "IV".
Operation Soda Mountain 12 July 2003 17 July 2003 throughout Iraq Counterinsurgency: To increase reconnaissance and presence throughout the whole of Iraq to deter, disrupt and rapidly defeat attacks on coalition forces. Was a nationwide sweep by American and Coalition Forces against insurgents and remnants of the former regime conducted from 12 to 17 June 2003. As a result of this series of almost 150 raids, 62 Ba'athist leaders were captured and a large number of weapons seized. Simultaneously, humanitarian missions such as repairing and rebuilding public buildings were conducted. Conducted roughly concurrently with Operation Ivy Serpent.
Operation White House 16 July 2003 16 July 2003 Baghdad Counterinsurgency: Troops of the 101st Airborne Division stormed the residence of Samir Abd Al-Aziz Al-Najim, the central Baath Party chairman for Baghdad
Operation Tapeworm 22 July 2003 22 July 2003 Mosul Security and counterinsurgency: killing of Uday and Qusay Hussein, Saddam Hussein's sons[3]
Operation Ivy Lightning 12 August 2003 12 August 2003 Baghdad, Ain Lalin and Quara Tapa along the Jabal Hamrin Ridge north of the city Counterinsurgency: A number of small weapons stores were uncovered. Was a raid conducted by elements of the U.S. 4th Infantry Division. A number of small weapons stores were uncovered. The names of many operations of the 4th Infantry Division took the name "Ivy", a pun on the Roman numeral "IV."
Operation Silverado 16 August 2003 16 August 2003 Subak Sur Counterinsurgency: To capture suspected insurgents and seize weapons stockpiles. Was a small operation conducted by the 39th Infantry Brigade (Light) (Separate/Enhanced) of the Arkansas National Guard in Subak Sur.
Operation Ivy Needle 26 August 2003 26 August 2003 Khalis, in and near; 70 kilometers north of Baghdad Counterinsurgency: Was a raid conducted by elements of the 4th Infantry Division in and near Khalis, seventy kilometers north of Baghdad, on 26 August 2003. The operation disrupted a criminal gang active in the area.
Operation Longstreet September 2003 September 2003 between Baghdad and Fallujah Counterinsurgency: Numerous weapons stores were destroyed and enemy personnel taken into custody without the loss of a single American life. Was a two-week series of raids and cordon operations conducted by elements of the First Armored Division and the 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment, as well as 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment (United States). Numerous weapons stores were destroyed and enemy personnel taken into custody without the loss of a single American life. The operation was named after a Confederate General James Longstreet.
Operation Desert Thrust October 2003 October 2003 throughout Iraq Counterinsurgency: Was the name given by 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division to their operations in Iraq beginning on their arrival in October 2003
Operation Chamberlain October 2003 October 2003 Sinjar, the border southwest of Security and Surveillance: Was an American border-security operation mentioned in press releases on 15 October 2003. It involved ground surveillance Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (JSTARS) aircraft to feed information to ground elements of the 101st Airborne Division in near–real time. The Ukrainian 5th Detached Mechanized Brigade was also involved in the operation. This operation was named after US general Joshua Chamberlain (US Civil War).
Operation Industrial Sweep October 2003 October 2003 Samarra Counterinsurgency: Was a search of parts of the city of Samarra by elements of the 4th Infantry Division during Post-invasion Iraq.
Operation Tiger Clean Sweep 7 October 2003 7 October 2003 Security and Counterinsurgency: : Was a border security operation conducted by the "Tiger" Squadron of the 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment announced on 7 September 2003, near Al Qa'im. The town was cordoned off and searched, yielding a number of small arms and fourteen persons suspected of being insurgents.
Operation Sweeny 15 October 2003 15 October 2003 southern Iraq Law enforcement: Anti-smuggling operation by the Marines. Elements of the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) Special Operations Capable(SOC)completed humanitarian assistance, anti-smuggling and security and stabilization operations, 25 October in southern Iraq as part of Operation Sweeney. The MEU SOC, a component of Expeditionary Strike Group One(ESG), composed mostly of Marines stationed with the 1st Marine Division of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, provided medical and dental capability and produced more than 3,000 US gallons (11,000 L) of water for citizens in the region.
Operation O.K. Corral 19 October 2003 October 2003 Ar Ramadi Counterinsurgency: Over ninety people were detained, including four senior officers of the former Iraqi Army. Was a sweep operation conducted by elements of the 82nd Airborne Division in Ar Ramadi beginning on 19 October 2003. Over ninety people were detained, including four senior officers of the former Iraqi Army.
Operation Abalone 31 October 2003 31 October 2003 Ramadi Members of A Squadron 22 SAS, assaulted three compounds/dwellings on the outskirts of Ramadi where US intelligence had tracked a Sudanese jihadist who was facilitating Islamist militants into Iraq. The SAS were supported by Delta Force and a platoon of US Bradley IFV's.[4]
Operation Eagle Curtain November 2003 November 2003 northern Iraq Security and Counterinsurgency: Troops participated in 311 patrols, four cordon and knock operations, and eventually detained eight individuals. Was a series of raids and roadblocks conducted by the 101st Airborne Division. Eight persons were detained as suspected insurgents associated with the former government. The name is derived from the "Screaming Eagles" nickname for the 101st Airborne Division.
Operation All American Tiger 6 November 2003 2003 Counterinsurgency: Was an operation with an objective of capturing insurgents associated with the old regime. At least a dozen prisoners were taken, several of whom were on the American "Most Wanted" list. The first phase was launched by the 1st Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment and the 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. This operation was designed to target those who suspected of attacking Coalition forces. At least 12 men were detained and some were targeted suspects including Abd Hamad Salah, Huri Mukhlif, Al Ani, Ahmed Kadar Hamad, Faleeh Mahessn, Thair Muklaf Hamadi, and Mohamed Hinde Saeel. The name of the operation is derived from the nickname ("All American") for the 82nd Airborne Division.[5]
Operation Rifle Sweep 6 November 2003 6 November 2003 the Iraq-Syria border Counterinsurgency: Focused on the search and seizure of weapons and munitions
Operation Ivy Cyclone 7 November 2003 November 2003 Tikrit Counterinsurgency: Was designed to locate and detain or eliminate persons seeking to harm coalition forces or Iraqi civilians. The operation was executed by the 4th Infantry Division. On 7 November, an American helicopter was forced down near the city, and the next day heavy air and artillery strikes supported a number of military operations in the area.
Operation Boothill 10 November 2003 10 November 2003 Ar Ramadi Counterinsurgency: Was designed to clear and secure the roads outside the city and to seize any contraband weapons.
Operation Iron Hammer (Matraqa Hadidia) 12 November 2003 2003 Baghdad Security and Counterinsurgency: Was a joint operation between the US Army, US Air Force and Iraqi Civil Defense Corps with the objective of preventing the staging of weapons by anti-coalition forces, and preemptively destroy enemy operating bases and fighters in Baghdad
Operation Ivy Cyclone II 17 November 2003 2003 Tikrit, near Counterinsurgency: American operation near Tikrit
Operation Rifles Blitz 20 November 2003 2003 Al Qaim Security: Was a house-to-house search of the Iraqi Syria-frontier border region close to Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, led by the 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment. Involved troops from the 82nd Airborne Division and the 101st Airborne Division. (US News, 12 August 2003, Iraq Hack: A Reporter's Blog, 11 December 2003)
Operation Rifle Sweep 26 November 2003 26 November 2003 along the Iraq-Syria border Counterinsurgency: Focused on the search and seizure of weapons and munitions
Operation Bayonet Lightning 2 December 2003 2 December 2003 Al Hawija and the village of Rashad, 60 km (37 mi) to the south of Kirkuk Counterinsurgency: Designed to capture weapons, materials, and people that posed a threat against Coalition Forces
Operation Bulldog Mammoth 4 December 2003 4 December 2003 Baghdad, northwest of Security: American search of an apartment complex.
Operation Clear Area 6 December 2003 6 December 2003 Central Iraq, between Ar Rifa'i and Qal'at Sukkar Counterinsurgency: Was a search and seizure operation utilizing vehicle check points
Operation Abilene 8 December 2003 8 December 2003 Al Anbar province Counterinsurgency: Soldiers initiated 12 raids that resulted in the capture of 12 individuals and a number of various weapons. Was conducted by the US Army's 1st Infantry Division, 1st Brigade. The operation consisted of twelve raids to capture or eliminate individuals responsible for attacking coalition forces. The operation was successful and resulted in the capture of 12 personnel and the confiscation of various weapons.
Operation Panther Squeeze 10 December 2003 10 December 2003 Latifiya Counterinsurgency: Was a series of 18 night-time raids by elements of the 82nd Airborne Division. These raids seem to have been in response to an ambush that killed seven Spanish intelligence officers in November. About forty enemy personnel were captured.
Operation Red Dawn 13 December 2003 13 December 2003 ad-Dawr Security and counterinsurgency: American capture of Saddam Hussein.
Operation Panther Backroads 15 December 2003 15 December 2003 Ar Ramadi Law enforcement and counterinsurgency: Was an attempt to stop insurgent smuggling. Was launched by the 82nd Airborne Division in the Sunni Triangle in an attempt to stop insurgent smuggling.[6]
Operation Arrowhead Blizzard 17 December 2003 17 December 2003 Samarra Counterinsurgency: Seven targets classified as high-value were captured by the 4th Infantry Division and the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division in the Sunni Triangle.[7]
Operation Ivy Blizzard 17 December 2003 17 December 2003 Samarra Counterinsurgency: Counterinsurgency sweep by US forces
Operation Iron Justice 18 December 2003 18 December 2003 Baghdad, southern portion Law enforcement: Captured 28 fuel trucks and nine propane trucks illegally dispensing fuel as part of black market activity. Was a U.S. Army operation aimed at ending insurgent run Black Market fueling activities south of the city. It involved the 1st Armored Division and 82nd Airborne Division.[8]
Operation Rifles Fury 21 December 2003 December 2003 Fallujah Counterinsurgency: Seizure of weapons caches including 204 RPGs. Was a coalition strike at insurgent training camps in the Rawah area. Led by the 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment along with soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division and 4th Infantry Division. The operation was nicknamed by the soldiers involved as Operation Santa's Claws.[9]
Operation Devil Siphon 23 December 2003 23 December 2003 Ar Ramadi Law enforcement: Was aimed at curtailing the growing black market of fuel and propane and restoring Iraq's fuel infrastructure. Like Operation Rifles Fury, this operation was a coalition strike aimed at ending Black Market fuel and propane operations run by insurgent marketeers. The operation involved the U.S. 1st Infantry Division and Iraqi Police.[10]
Operation Overcoat 23 December 2003 23 December 2003 Mosul Humanitarian: Delivered more than 500 pounds of coats, clothes, shoes, and toys
Operation Salm 23 December 2003 23 December 2003 Fallujah Operation Salm was designed to give a higher profile to coalition forces in Fallujah and more exposure to residents. The second objective was to paralyze anti-coalition forces by flooding the streets with soldiers and checkpoints. This operation took place on 23 December 2003, and lasted from 5:30 am to 3:00 pm. Members of the 10th Mountain Division and 82nd Airborne Division participated and reported they detained 12 enemy personnel.
Operation Santa Strike 23 December 2003 23 December 2003 Mosul Humanitarian: Delivered more than 500 pounds of coats, clothes, shoes, and toys
Operation Iron Force 24 December 2003 2003 Baghdad Counterinsurgency: The objective was to capture or eliminate any rebel forces seeking to capitalize on the holiday season to attack coalition forces
Operation Iron Grip 24 December 2003 31 December 2003, at least Baghdad Counterinsurgency: Was designed to intensify the pressure on Saddam loyalists
Operation Choke Hold 30 December 2003 30 December 2003 Baghdad Counterinsurgency: To stop the influx of bomb making materials into the city


Areas of responsibility in Iraq as of April 30, 2004

During the early occupation, a number of widely cited humanitarian, tactical, and political errors by coalition planners, particularly the United States and United Kingdom led to a growing armed resistance, usually called the "Iraqi insurgency" (referred to by the mainstream media and coalition governments). The anti-occupation/anti-coalition forces are believed to be predominantly, but not exclusively, Iraqi Sunni Muslim Arabs, plus some foreign Arab and Muslim fighters, some of the latter tied to al-Qaeda. Several minor coalition members have pulled out of Iraq; this has been widely considered a political success for the anti-occupation forces.

Despite this, there was a reduction in violence throughout Iraq in the start of 2004 due to reorganization within the insurgent forces. During this time the tactics used by coalition forces were studied and the insurgency began to plan a new strategy. The calm did not last long however and once the insurgency had regained its footing attacks resumed and increased. Throughout the remainder of 2004 and continuing into the present day, the insurgency has employed bombings as their primary means of combating the coalition forces. This has led to hundreds of Iraqi civilians and police killed in addition to the coalition forces they were fighting. Many were killed in a series of massive bombings at mosques and shrines throughout Iraq. The bombings indicated that as the relevance of Saddam Hussein and his followers was diminishing, radical Islamists, both foreign and Iraqi was increasing to take their place. An organized Sunni insurgency, with deep roots and both nationalist and Islamist motivations, was becoming clear. The Mahdi Army also began launching attacks on coalition targets and to seize control from the Iraqi security forces. The southern and central portions of Iraq began to erupt in urban guerilla combat as coalition forces attempted to keep control and prepared for a counteroffensive.

In response to insurgent attacks, coalition forces focused on hunting down the remaining leaders of the former regime, culminating in the shooting deaths of Saddam's two sons in July. In all, over 200 top leaders of the former regime were killed or captured, as well as supports and military personnel during the summer of 2004.

Battle/Operation name From date To date Location Purpose/Result
Operation Gimlet Victory 2004 2004
Operation Hickory View 2004 2004 Counterinsurgency and Security: Helped eliminate many of the established indirect fire patterns, which insurgents had used in the past
Operation I CAN 2004 2004 throughout Iraq Humanitarian: Soldiers distributed over 100 boxes of donated school supplies and toys to Iraqi children.
Operation Iron Fury II 2004 2004 Sadr City Counterinsurgency: Continued missions to drive the Mahdi Army out of the city.
Operation Lancer Lightning 2004 2004
Operation Windy City 2004 2004 Baghdad Humanitarian: Gave blankets to distribute to the local population.
Operation Warhorse Whirlwind January 2004 January 2004 Abu Kharma Counterinsurgency: Captured 31 individuals, including eight who were specifically targeted for suspected involvement in anti-Coalition activities.
Operation Iron Resolve 12 January 2004 2004 Baghdad Counterinsurgency: An attempt to disrupt insurgent networks with constant searches and raids by coalition forces.
Operation Clothes for Kids 13 January 2004 14 January 2004 Taji Humanitarian: An effort to bring supplies of clothing to Iraqi children.
Operation Market Sweep 13 January 2004 13 January 2004 Fallujah Counterinsurgency: A successful raid into the downtown arms market of Fallujah.
Operation Saloon 14 January 2004 14 January 2004 the Al-Anbar province Counterinsurgency: Captured a high-ranking former Iraqi Officer named General Mamoud Khudair Younes.
Operation Centaur Fast Gas 15 January 2004 19 January 2004 Ba'qubah Security: Provide security for the Ba’qubah gas station, help manage the lines in order to facilitate maximum efficiency of the station, and prevent unauthorized gas pilferage.
Operation Rock Slide 15 January 2004 15 January 2004 the Al-Anbar province Counterinsurgency: Captured a high-ranking former Iraqi officer named Brig. Gen. Kalil Ibraham Fayal al-Dulaymi.
Operation Wolfhound Trap II 21 January 2004 23 January 2004 Heychel Counterinsurgency:
Operation Wolfhound Fury II 22 January 2004 22 January 2004 Heychel and its surrounding villages Counterinsurgency: Hunted down suspected terrorists and provided humanitarian and reconstruction assistance to the Iraqi people.
Operation Wolverine Feast 24 January 2004 24 January 2004 the Al-Doura district Counterinsurgency: Coalition and Iraqi Army soldiers detained 10 suspected insurgents and seized four supply caches.
Operation Final Cut 28 January 2004 February 2004 Bayji Counterinsurgency: Was intended to capture or eliminate people suspected of insurgent activity.
Operation Aston February 2004 February 2004 Baghdad Members of B Squadron 22 SAS, assaulted a house in southern Baghdad that MI6 intelligence showed was part of a 'jihadist pipeline' from Iran to Iraq that American and British intelligence agencies were tracking suspects on and these suspects fell in with a jihadist group. Two jihadists were killed and two more captured.
Operation Saber Turner II February 2004 February 2004 Counterinsurgency:
Operation Tomahawk (Iraq) February 2004 February 2004
Operation Trailblazer 9 February 2004 2004 Baqubah Security: An effort to make Iraqi roads safer for fellow soldiers. The beginning of this operation was conducted by the 14th Engineer Battalion (C)(W) and the 244th Engineers out of Colorado. This Operation was taken over by the 141st Engineer Combat Battalion (C)(W), a North Dakota National Guard unit. Their mission was to patrol a section of Iraq's main highways and alternate routes locating and clearing bombs. The secondary goal of this mission was route sanitation which included knocking down trees in the medians of the roads and clearing brush from the sides of the road where the enemy could easily hide a bomb. In January 2005, the 141st Engineers were replaced by the 467th Engineer Battalion (C)(W), a USAR unit from Tennessee. The 14th Engineer Battalion returned to Iraq and relieved the 467th Engineers of the Trailblazer mission in December 2005. Alpha Company, 164th Engineers from North Dakota took over operations from the 467th Engineers in the LSA Anaconda/Balad area around the same time. In October 2006, the 14th Engineers were replaced by the 1st Engineer Battalion.
Operation Eagle Liberty 3 18 February 2004 19 February 2004 Bilad Counterinsurgency: Targeted individuals who were suspected of attacking forward operating bases in the area. 16 targets and 3 enemy personnel were detained.
Operation Devil Clinch 21 February 2004 21 February 2004 Baghdad Counterinsurgency: A series of raids meant to capture suspected insurgents.
Operation Rocketman 26 February 2004 26 February 2004 the town of Siniyah Counterinsurgency: Three suspected insurgents believed to be responsible for attacks on coalition forces were arrested.
Operation Aloha March 2004 March 2004 Kirkuk Counterinsurgency: Elements of the 25th Infantry Division surrounded an area in late March 2004 and sent patrols to conduct searches for weapons. Soldiers knocked on doors to ask permission to search home, signalling a change from earlier more-aggressive techniques. The name of the operation is a traditional Hawaiian greeting. The 25th Infantry Division has long been based in that state.
Operation Centaur Rodeo March 2004 March 2004 Baqubah Law enforcement and Counterinsurgency: Designed to slow the smuggling of illegal weapons in Baqubah's Diyala Governorate capital. As of 30 March 2004 coalition forces had seized 3 people and several weapons.[11]
Operation Devil Thrust March 2004 March 2004 Surveillance, reconnaissance and Counterinsurgency: The operation consists of three phases. The first phase was surveillance and reconnaissance, the 2nd was combat operations and the 3rd was stabiliztion of the region.
Operation Soccer Ball March 2004 March 2004 Baghdad, Karadah district Humanitarian: Gave away 150 soccer balls to local children.
Operation Warrior 3 March 2004 3 March 2004 Security and Counterinsurgency: Was a cordon and search operation conducted by coalition forces designed to capture Farhan and Sofi Sinjar, Abu Akmed, and Abu Farka.[12]
Operation Shillelagh 17 March 2004 17 March 2004 Abu Ghurayb Counterinsurgency: Seven wanted individuals were found and detained during a sweep of more than 700 houses. See Also Operation Iron Promise.
Operation Suicide Kings 17 March 2004 17 March 2004 Baghdad Security: A combined cordon and search operation involving U.S. and Iraqi Civil Defense Corps Soldiers.
Operation Iron Promise 18 March 2004 November 2004 Baghdad Counterinsurgency: Part of a campaign to bring stabilization and security to the country and people of Iraq. Was a long-running series of patrols conducted by elements of the 1st Armored and 1st Cavalry Divisions. The operation continued until at least November 2004 when it was still being mentioned in newspaper reports. The name is derived from the "Old Ironsides" nickname of the 1st Armored Division.
Operation Duke Fortitude April 2004 April 2004 Fallujah Counterinsurgency: The operation was designed to disrupt or destroy elements of the Mahdi army and Muqtada Al-Sadr insurgencies.
Operation Iron Saber April 2004 June 2004 Najaf, Al Kut and Karbala Counterinsurgency: Was a coalition strike aimed at defeating the Mahdi army and Muqtada al-Sadr.
Operation Lancer Fury April 2004 April 2004 Baghdad, Sadr City Counterinsurgency: Was one of many operations initiated in hopes of disarming and disbanding hostile militia forces.
Battle of Fallujah(2004) 4 April 2004 1 May 2004 Fallujah Battle: (See Operation Vigilant Resolve)
Operation Vigilant Resolve 4 April 2004 1 May 2004 Fallujah Battle: First American attempt to capture Fallujah.
Battle of Ramadi 6 April 2004 10 April 2004 Ramadi Battle: An estimated 250 rebels were killed in fighting that shattered the insurgent offensive
Operation Resolute Sword 8 April 2004 8 April 2004 Counterinsurgency: Was a military operation taken by the United States' armed forces to capture Muqtada al-Sadr. (10 April President's Radio Address Mention)
Operation Danger Fortitude 11 April 2004 17 April 2004 Najaf, about 20 km northwest of Security: was designed establish and occupy FOB Duke
Operation Ripper Sweep 12 April 2004 April 2004 Fallujah Security and counterinsurgency: The operation aimed at securing roads into and out of the city. Was a United States Marine Corps operation that took place as Operation Vigilant Resolve raged in Fallujah. The operation aimed at securing roads into and out of Fallujah and was led by the 7th Marine Regiment. The Marines swept west to east from Al Asad and seized a large number of bombs.
Battle of Husaybah 17 April 2004 17 April 2004 Husaybah Battle: Five Marines were killed along with 150 insurgents in the fierce battle that lasted 14 hours. Another 9 Marines were wounded and 20 insurgents captured.
Operation Yellow Stone 23 April 2004 23 April 2004 Al-Rashida, the former presidential island retreat Counterinsurgency: To secure the area and remove the enemy from the island
Operation Rapier Thrust May 2004 May 2004
Operation Spring Cleanup May 2004 May 2004 Baqouba Counterinsurgency: Designed to take control of a stretch of road known as the Blue Babe Highway and included the U.S. 3rd Brigade Combat Teams. The area was also known as "RPG Alley" for the large number of roadside bombings and insurgent attacks that occurred there.[13]
Operation Thunderstruck May 2004 May 2004
Operation Striker Hurricane 1 May 2004 1 May 2004 Baghdad Counterinsurgency: To round up insurgents and other anti-coalition parties
Operation Wolfpack Crunch 4 May 2004 4 May 2004 Diwaniya Counterinsurgency: The mission’s target was a series of buildings, located near an old downtown theater, which were reportedly being used by members of the "Muqtada’s Militia" to plan and stage attacks against Coalition forces
Operation Arrowhead Strike 10 5 May 2004 6 May 2007 Baghdad, the southwestern Rashid District Counterinsurgency: To rid the Rashid District of terrorists and criminals and to protect the population
Operation Student to Student 10 May 2004 10 May 2004 Al-Baruddi Humanitarian and Peacekeeping: Gave the soldiers and the local populace an opportunity to establish the relationships that are so critical to the building of a sovereign Iraq
Operation Disarm 19 May 2004 19 May 2004 Baghdad Peacekeeping: The program used funds earmarked for tips leading to the capture of insurgents or illegal weapons and offers up to $500 per weapon, depending on type. Included in the final tally were more than 80 AK-47 rifles, mortars, mines and grenades.
Operation Diyala Border Police Audit 26 May 2004 June 2004 Muntheria Forward Presence: To verify the accuracy and legitimacy of the Diyala Border Polices’ financial and payroll records just northeast of Kanaqan
Operation Giuliani June 2004 June 2004 Mosul Counterinsurgency: Was designed to seize weapons and munitions to prevent them from being used against coalition forces
Operation Slim Shady June 2004 June 2004 Kirkuk Counterinsurgency: Was designed to cripple the resources of Muqtada al-Sadr's militia. The 2nd Brigade of the 25th Infantry Division of the United States Military launched the operation, which was designed to cripple the resources of the then powerful rebel forces of Muqtada al-Sadr. The operation began in the first week of June 2004. Six individuals were captured, five of which were cell leaders in the Mahdi army. One of the insurgents captured was As'ad Abu Aws. As'ad Abu Aws was the second in command of the militia's Kirkuck operations. The name of the operation was taken from popular rapper Eminem's (real name Marshall Mathers) fictional alter-ego Slim Shady. Press Release
Operation Striker Tornado June 2004 June 2004 Baghdad Counterinsurgency: Was designed to allow the 1st Armored Division to execute near-simultaneous raids on specified targets wanted for anti-coalition activities
Operation Rocketman III 8 June 2004 8 June 2004 Counterinsurgency: Designed to search and secure enemy personnel as well as those suspected of harboring insurgents and weapons.
Operation Dragon Victory 19 June 2004 19 June 2004 Najaf Support and counterinsurgency: Was designed to provide relief in place of the 2nd Armored Cavalry and to provide logistical support for Task Force Danger and continue to sustain combat operations.
Operation Gimlet Crusader 24 June 2004 24 June 2004 Kirkuk Counterinsurgency: Was aimed at disrupting insurgents and their attacks on multinational forces
Operation Gimlet Silent Sniper July 2004 July 2004 Kirkuk Counterinsurgency: Engaged in multiple searches and raids looking to capture or kill cell leaders
Operation Haifa Street July 2004 July 2004 Baghdad Law Enforcement: Was specifically designed as a large raid focused on criminals and criminal activity in Baghdad
Operation Oasis July 2004 July 2004 Baghdad Humanitarian: The overall project to improve electricity, sewers, water and other essential services around the city.
Operation Outlaw Destroyer July 2004 July 2004 Tikrit Counterinsurgency: Was designed to prevent insurgents from gaining weapons and munitions from known ammunition storage points
Operation Mutual Security 2 July 2004 2 July 2004 Mosul Counterinsurgency: Was designed as a sweeping house-to-house search for weapons and terrorists to be conducted by only Iraqi forces
Operation Tombstone Piledriver 15 July 2004 15 July 2004 Baghdad Counterinsurgency: The operation netted six individuals who were detained for questioning.
Operation Mayfield III 19 July 2004 19 July 2004
Operation Cobra Sweep 28 July 2004 28 July 2004 Baghdad, in the Hay Muthana district Security and Counterinsurgency: Was designed to cordon, search, and seize bomb makers, materials and potential storage places
Operation Quarterhorse Rides August 2004 August 2004 Ad Duluiyah Counterinsurgency: To increase security and deter enemy attacks
Operation Warrior Resolve August 2004 August 2004 the At Tamin and As Sulaymaniyah provinces Counterinsurgency: Was a massive synchronized effort which attempted to deter insurgent forces
Operation Tiger Care 3 August 2004 3 August 2004 Balad General Hospital Humanitarian: To assist the local hospital by procuring and delivering much needed medical supplies
Operation Phantom Linebacker 4 July 2004 4 July 2004 along the Syrian border Security: Security Operations along the Syrian border.
Battle of Najaf 5 August 2004 27 August 2004 Najaf Battle: Was a battle that was fought between U.S. and Iraqi forces, and the Islamist Mahdi Army of Muqtada al-Sadr
Battle of the CIMIC House 5 August 2004 28 August 2004 Al Amarah Battle: Was a siege fought between UK forces, and the Islamist Mahdi Army of Muqtada al-Sadr. An estimated 200+ insurgents were killed.
Operation Cajun Mousetrap II 5 August 2004 August 2004 Samarra Counterinsurgency: Some small arms were found and at least three rebels were killed while nine people were detained and transferred for further questioning.
Operation Cajun Mousetrap III 13 August 2004 15 August 2004 Samarra Counterinsurgency: Troops utilized targeted raids against enemy personnel who were destabilizing the city and an estimated 45 insurgents were killed.
Operation Iron Fury 17 August 2004 2004 Baghdad Counterinsurgency: An "all-out effort" to stop violence in the Baghdad area by militia headed up by Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr
Operation Showdown 18 August 2004 18 August 2004 Ar Ramadi Counterinsurgency: To search for weapons caches and terrorists
Operation Wolverine 19 August 2004 19 August 2004 Ad Duluiyah Counterinsurgency: Was designed to prevent organized insurgent force activities as well as deny AIF sanctuary
Operation Grizzly Forced Entry 21 August 2004 21 August 2004 Najaf Counterinsurgency: Was designed as a search and seizure operation of high-value targets suspected of attacking coalition forces
Operation Clean Sweep 23 August 2004 24 August 2004 Baghdad, southern portion Counterinsurgency: Raided 350 houses and detained 49 suspects
Operation True Grit 23 August 2004 24 August 2004 Ramadi Counterinsurgency: During the operation, Multi-National Forces and SSF searched several houses and 17 insurgents were detained, four of which were found setting up an ambush on top of one of the houses
Operation Hurricane September 2004 September 2004 Ramadi Counterinsurgency: Resulted in the detention of four suspected insurgents, the removal of 6 bombs and the confiscation of bomb making materials, including cell phone parts
Operation Black Typhoon 9 September 2004 14 September 2004 Tal Afar Counterinsurgency: All the enemy insurgents had either been killed or fled the city
Operation Hurricane II 18 September 2004 18 September 2004 Ramadi Counterinsurgency: To disrupt the Daham terrorist network and to discover and remove illegal weapons and ammunition caches in the city.
Operation Iron Fist II 23 September 2004 2004 Ramadi Counterinsurgency: A top priority in the operation was to detain or eliminate Moktada al-Sadr's lieutenants
Operation Longhorn 24 September 2004 24 September 2004 Ramadi Counterinsurgency: A coordinated effort to detain insurgent Forces and remove illegal weapons and ammunition caches
Operation Marne 24 September 2004 24 September 2004 Ramadi Counterinsurgency: A coordinated effort to detain insurgent Forces and remove illegal weapons and ammunition caches
Operation Predator 24 September 2004 24 September 2004 Ramadi Counterinsurgency: A coordinated effort to detain Anti-Iraqi Forces and remove illegal weapons and ammunition caches
Operation Backpack October 2004 October 2004 Baqubah Humanitarian: Taking 200 backpacks filled with school supplies to school children
Operation Mustang Flex October 2004 October 2004 Tikrit Counterinsurgency and humanitarian: Deny insurgents sanctuary, promote the Tikrit Job Corps program, and assess essential services.
Operation Ramadan Roundup October 2004 October 2004 Tikrit Counterinsurgency: Resulted in the capture of 30 insurgents, more than 60 weapons, and Improvised Explosive Device making materials.
Operation Tangerine Pinch October 2004 October 2004 Tikrit Counterinsurgency: Deny insurgents sanctuary, promote the Tikrit Job Corps program, and assess essential services.
Operation Wolfhound Fury 5 October 2004 October 2004 Hegneh Counterinsurgency: A Task Force 1–27 air assault mission
Operation Bulldog 6 October 2004 2004 Ar-Ramadi Counterinsurgency: Was designed to re-establish peace and stability by denying sanctuary to insurgents, capturing enemy personnel, and seize any weapons caches
Operation Centaur Strike II 11 October 2004 11 October 2004 Baqubah Counterinsurgency: Was designed to seize insurgent equipment caches in hopes of disrupting terrorist activity before the Ramadan.
Operation Centaur Strike III 13 October 2004 13 October 2004 Baqubah Counterinsurgency: Was designed to seize insurgent equipment caches in hopes of disrupting terrorist activity before the Ramadan.
Operation Mandarin Squeeze 14 October 2004 14 October 2004 Tikrit Counterinsurgency: Its purpose was threefold; deny insurgents sanctuary, promote the Tikrit job corps program, and assess essential services.
Operation Mustang Socko 14 October 2004 14 October 2004 along the Tigris River Counterinsurgency: Detained several suspects and found several weapons caches
Operation Tiger Cub 14 October 2004 14 October 2004 Baghdad Humanitarian: To improve the school supply and education system throughout the greater Balad area
Operation Tangerine Squeeze 15 October 2004 15 October 2004 Tikrit Counterinsurgency: Called for a complete search of more than 300 homes
Operation Crayon 21 October 2004 21 October 2004 Kirkuk Humanitarian: Was a charitable program that provided schools the pencils, crayons, papers and other materials necessary to teach children
Operation Duliyah Sunrise 28 October 2004 28 October 2004 Ad Duluiyah Counterinsurgency: A raid on an upscale neighborhood to search for insurgent materials
Operation Dallas 29 October 2004 29 October 2004 Mosul Security: Was designed to increase security by performing cordon and knocks throughout the community
Operation Tiger Fury 30 October 2004 2004 east of Balad Counterinsurgency: Was designed to stop insurgent activities and capture individuals suspected of being insurgents
Operation Army Santa November 2004 November 2004 Humanitarian:
Operation Duke Fury 3 November 2004 3 November 2004 Fallujah Counterinsurgency: To search for weapons caches and suspected insurgents
Operation New Dawn (Al Fajr) 3 November 2004 3 November 2004 Fallujah Counterinsurgency: To search for weapons caches and suspected insurgents
Operation Phantom Fury 7 November 2004 23 December 2004 Fallujah Counterinsurgency: Joint American/Iraqi assault on Fallujah. See also Operation Dawn (Al-Fajr) and 2nd Battle of Fallujah
Operation Dawn (Al Fajr) 8 November 2004 8 November 2004 Fallujah Counterinsurgency: The elimination of Fallujah as a terrorist safe haven
Battle of Mosul 10 November 2004 16 November 2004 Mosul Battle: Was a battle fought during the Iraq War in 2004 for the capital of the Ninawa Governorate in northern Iraq that occurred concurrently to fighting in Fallujah.
Operation Wolfhound Power 11 November 2004 12 November 2004 Hawja Counterinsurgency: To root insurgents out of the city
Operation Wolfhound Jab 15 November 2004 15 November 2004 Tall Suseus and Rubaydhah Counterinsurgency: No one was detained and no weapon caches were found although reports were that the area contained insurgent sanctuaries
Operation Rock Bottom 19 November 2004 21 November 2004 Counterinsurgency: The searches netted numerous small arms, 10 detainees and three rockets
Operation Plymouth Rock 23 November 2004 23 November 2004 Baghdad, South of Counterinsurgency: Sweep south of Baghdad.
Operation Tobruk 28 November 2004 28 November 2004 a village along the Euphrates river 8 km Northeast of Camp Dogwood Counterinsurgency: A search of the village for insurgents and Saddam loyalists
Operation Wonderland December 2004 24 December 2004 Ramadi Counterinsurgency: Netted 29 detainees and multiple weapons caches
Operation Baton Rouge 1 October 2004 4 October 2004 Samarra Counterinsurgency: The operation resulted in about 125 rebels killed and 88 were being detained
Operation Falcon Freedom 5 December 2004 5 December 2004 Al Rashid District Counterinsurgency: A joint U.S.-Iraqi cordon-and-search operation were several weapons caches were discovered
Operation Soprano Sunset 6 December 2004 6 December 2004 Baghdad, eastern portion Counterinsurgency: Captured several suspected senior level transnational terrorists, including key leaders, operatives, and financiers
Operation Iraqi Children 8 December 2004 8 December 2004 Baqubah Humanitarian: Soldiers delivered school supplies
Operation Backbreaker 21 December 2004 22 December 2004 Buhriz Security: A project to fortify a new police station as well as the Governor’s mansion just down the road
Operation Lion Cub 21 December 2004 21 December 2004 Tikrit Humanitarian: To deliver a load of toys to the children of the villages of Al Alam, Al Owja and Wynott
Operation Powder River 31 December 2004 2 January 2005 Ad Duluiyah Counterinsurgency: Detained 49 individuals, discovered several weapons caches and searched 13 homes and the surrounding areas in a series of raids
Operation Triple Play 31 December 2004 2 January 2005 Salman Pak Security: To improve security for the upcoming elections in Iraq


Coalition and Iraqi government forces continue to battle Iraqi militants and other fighters. During early and mid-May 2005, the U.S. also launched Operation Matador, an assault by around 1,000 Marines in the ungoverned region of western Iraq. Coalition and Iraqi soldiers, Iraqi fighters and civilians have been killed in these conflicts. As of late July 2007, nearly 3,700 U.S. soldiers have been killed, and around ten times this many have been wounded. The number of Iraqi citizens who have fallen victim to the fighting has risen. The Iraqi government, with some holdovers from the CPA, engaged in securing control of the oil infrastructure (a source of Iraq's foreign currency) and control of the major cities of Iraq. The insurgency, the developing the New Iraqi Army, disorganized police and security forces, as well as a lack of revenue have hampered efforts to assert control. In addition, former Baathist elements and militant Shia groups have engaged in sabotage, terrorism, open rebellion, and establishing their own security zones in all or part of a dozen cities. The Allawi government vowed to crush the insurgency.

An election for a government to draft a permanent constitution took place during this time (ed. see Politics of Iraq for more information on the political state of Iraq). Although some violence and lack of widespread Sunni participation marred the event, much of the eligible Kurd and Shia populace participated. Sectarian violence has also been prominent part of the militant and guerrilla activity. Targets here where often Shia gatherings or civilian concentrations mainly of Shias. As a result, over 700 Iraqi civilians died in the month.

Battle/operation name From date To date Location Purpose/result
Operation Attleboro(Iraq) 2005 2005 Humanitarian: Delivered a variety of much-needed supplies and equipment to the Iraqi Police of Ash Sharqat
Operation Avarice 2005 2006 Military intelligence acquired over 400 Iraqi rockets and warheads containing chemical agents in secret to keep them from falling into the hands of enemy combatants
Operation Dunlap 2005 2005
Operation East Lansing 2005 2005
Operation Hudson 2005 ????????
Operation Moon 2005 2005
Operation Moving Forward 2005 2005
Operation Neighborhood Watch 2005 2005
Operation Spider Web 2005 2005
Operation Vacant City 2005 2005
Operation River Walk 2 January 2005 3 January 2005 Latifiyah Counterinsurgency: Found over 9 significant weapons caches, detained 43 suspected insurgents and discovered and destroyed several bombs
Operation Lanthonid 9 January 2005 January 2005 Baqubah, near Counterinsurgency: Nine targeted AIF members were detained along with two other suspected AIF members and numerous weapons
Operation Therapist 9 January 2005 9 January 2005 near Tikrit Counterinsurgency: During the series of raids, 11 were detained. Three of the detainees were on the target list. Also confiscated were 120 mm mortars and assorted ammunition
Operation Hedgehog 10 January 2005 14 January 2005 Hīt Counterinsurgency: Discovered numerous caches of insurgent ordnance and weaponry
Operation Copperas Cove 12 January 2005 12 January 2005 Al-Karkh, the neighborhoods of Karkh and Sheik Marruf Counterinsurgency: Raided a mechanic’s shop suspected of being used by insurgents and found 35 mortars which had to be removed by hand
Operation Keystone Sweep 14 January 2005 14 January 2005 As Siniyah Counterinsurgency: To conduct raids, capture or kill insurgents and eliminate bombs and other illegal weapons
Operation Clean Sweep 18 November 2005 18 November 2005 Al Buetha, 15 km South of Baghdad along the Tigris River Counterinsurgency: "Clean out an area that was known to be used as a way for insurgents to come towards Baghdad from the south as well as an area that a lot of VBIEDs and IEDs were coming from," said U.S. Army Lt. Col. Everett Knapp, commander of the 1st Battalion, 184th Infantry Regiment.

In anticipation of the, 15 December nationwide elections, U.S. soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 184th Infantry Regiment, as well as Iraqi forces from the 4th Public Order Brigade and 1st Commando Brigade, raided about 350 homes and detained 49 suspected terrorists. Military officials said ten of the suspects were forwarded to detention facilities.

Operation Checkmate 18 January 2005 2005 Jabella, 50 mi (80 km) south of Baghdad Counterinsurgency: Successfully detained 15 insurgents including a suspected former intelligence officer in Saddam Hussein’s regime
Operation Big Dig 23 January 2005 2005 Latifiyah Counterinsurgency: Collected and destroyed weapons caches
Operation Centaur Showdown 8 February 2005 8 February 2005 Mufrek Counterinsurgency: Searched for unregistered weapons and illegal bomb-making materials
Operation River Blitz 20 February 2005 20 February 2005 Al Anbar Governorate Counterinsurgency: Targeted insurgents in cities along the Euphrates River including Hit, Ramadi, and Baghdad
Operation River Bridge 12 March 2005 25 March 2005 Hit–Haditha Corridor Counterinsurgency, follow on to Operation River Blitz
Operation Lightning (Al Barkh) 26 February 2005 25 June 2005 Baghdad Counterinsurgency: Shifting the new government from a defensive to an offensive posture in its efforts to disrupt terrorist activities in Baghdad
Operation Unforgiven 22 March 2005 24 March 2005 Albu Hatim Counterinsurgency: The operation uncovered five weapons caches including more than 7,000 rounds of ammunition, an improvised explosive device factory and 39 members of anti-Iraqi forces
Operation Swashbuckle 26 March 2005 26 March 2005 Ar Ramadi Humanitarian: The four-man comedy show, presented by Hack and Slash, provided an explosive round of entertainment for more than 100 Marines
Operation Fontana 2 April 2005 6 April 2005 Babil and Wasit Governorates Counterinsurgency: Was to eliminate places where terrorists trained to carry out their activities
Operation Block Party 7 April 2005 7 April 2005 Fallujah Counterinsurgency: More than 100 Marines, side by side with three companies of Iraqi soldiers, cordoned and searched a targeted area of the city.
Operation Grey Wolf II 10 April 2005 10 April 2005 Shakarta Counterinsurgency: A surprise operation to catch suspected terrorists and criminals
Operation Badlands 12 April 2005 12 April 2005 Saqlawiyah Security and Counterinsurgency: Security and stability operations designed to root out insurgent activity and illegal weapons caches
Operation Scrimmage 14 April 2005 16 April 2005 Kubaysa, Al Anbar Governorate Unofficial name for a sub-part of operation Outerbanks
Operation Outer Banks 1 April 2005 3 May 2005 Hit-Haditha Corridor Counterinsurgency
Operation Marlborough May 2005 May 2005 Baghdad an SBS sniper team from M squadron killed 3 insurgents.
Operation Quicksweep May 2005 May 2005 Baghdad Counterinsurgency: Resulted in the capture of several individuals identified as insurgents and the discovery of a weapons stash totaling 3,000 pounds of large caliber explosive munitions in a rural area northwest of Baghdad.
Operation Clear Decision 3 May 2005 3 May 2005 Al Karmah Counterinsurgency: It was a success because the operation was conducted safely, insurgents were detained, and the relationship with the local populace improved
Operation Cobweb (MND-CS) 6 May 2005 10 May 2005 Wasit Governorate Counterinsurgency: Twenty-nine individuals were detained while forty kinds of guns were confiscated in addition to explosive materials being found
Operation Matador (Battle of Al-Qa'im) 7 May 2005 14 May 2005 northwestern Al Anbar Governorate Counterinsurgency: It was focused on eliminating insurgents and foreign fighters in a region known as a smuggling route and a sanctuary for foreign fighters
Battle of Al-Qa'im 8 May 2005 19 May 2005 Al Anbar Governorate Counterinsurgency: (See Operation Matador)
Operation Block Party II 9 May 2005 14 May 2005 Fallujah Counterinsurgency: Only a small amount of ordnance was found during the operation, most of it pointed out by the local residents
Operation Mongoose 13 May 2005 13 May 2005 south of Diyarah Counterinsurgency: To capture individuals responsible for recent attacks against Coalition forces and local residents
Operation Dragons Breath 15 May 2005 15 May 2005 Ramadi Counterinsurgency: Was designed to target insurgents in Ramadi neighborhoods
Operation Peninsula (MND-CS) 19 May 2005 19 May 2005 As Suwaryah Counterinsurgency: To round up terrorists and eliminate their base of operations
Operation Squeeze Play 22 May 2005 23 May 2005 Baghdad, the western suburbs Counterinsurgency: Almost 300 suspects were detained in the first day of the operation
Operation Chepultepec 24 May 2005 24 May 2005 Lutafiyah, the southern Ubaydah region Counterinsurgency: The Iraqi Army detained 12 suspects and captured several weapons
Operation New Market(Souk Jadeed) 25 May 2005 29 May 2005 The city of Haditha Counterinsurgency: A raid on the city of Haditha to disrupt insurgents.
Operation Moon River Dragon 29 May 2005 29 May 2005 the village of Al Julaam Counterinsurgency: More than 40 individual males were interrogated about insurgent activities
Operation San Juan 31 May 2005 4 June 2005 Security and Humanitarian: A five-day operation repairing Alternate Supply Route San Juan, making it safer for convoys and local civilians traveling the road on a daily basis
Operation Pitchfork June 2005 June 2005 The area east of the Lake Tharthar region Counterinsurgency: Marines located over 50 hidden weapons caches and an underground bunker in the vicinity of a rock quarry.
Operation Uhaser June 2005 6 June 2005 throughout Northern Babil Governorate, south of Baghdad Security and Counterinsurgency: They conducted continuous patrols, vehicle checkpoints, raids, and searches
Operation Woodstock June 2005 6 June 2005 throughout Northern Babil Governorate, south of Baghdad Security and Counterinsurgency: They conducted continuous patrols, vehicle checkpoints, raids, and searches
Operation Spear (Romhe) 11 June 2005 22 June 2005 Karabilah Counterinsurgency: Aimed at rooting out terrorists, foreign fighters and disrupting terrorist support systems in and around Karabilah
Operation White Shield 13 June 2005 14 June 2005 northern Babil Governorate Counterinsurgency: Discovered a weapons cache and detained seven terror suspects
Operation Dagger(Khanjar) 18 June 2005 18 June 2005 Al Anbar Governorate Counterinsurgency: The operation is focused on locating hidden weapons caches and denying terrorists sanctuary in the Southern Lake Tharthar region, in an area 85 kilometers northwest of Baghdad that is a suspected logistical hub.
Operation Strategic Separation (al Azil al Sitrateegi) 25 June 2005 June 2005 Babil Governorate, northern portion Counterinsurgency: Two hundred and nineteen suspected insurgents were detained
Operation Sword (Saif) 27 June 2005 5 July 2005 The city of Hit Counterinsurgency: To occupy the city of Hit and establish a permanent presence there by coalition and Iraqi forces.
Operation Shadyville 29 June 2005 29 June 2005 Saqlawiyah Counterinsurgency: Searched 244 houses and netted several suspected insurgent supporters, two bombs, and 50 AK-47 assault rifles
Operation Hunter (Sayaid) July 2005 July 2005 along the Euphrates River Valley and the broder of Syria Counterinsurgency: Aimed at denying Al Qaeda in Iraq the ability to operate in the Euphrates River Valley and at preventing the terrorists from continuing their campaign of murder and intimidation against the local population
Operation Seahorse July 2005 August 2005 Counterinsurgency: British-led Multi-National Division Southeast with a mission to detect and deter illicit activity along the Iraqi border
Operation Sergeant Thea'a July 2005 July 2005 Baqubah Counterinsurgency: Was to capture, or kill, terrorists in the city
Operation Thunder July 2005 July 2005 Baghdad Counterinsurgency: Found at least 1 weapons cache and detained several suspects
Operation Demon Digger 1 July 2005 1 July 2005 Al Rashid district, near Counterinsurgency: seized three weapons caches
Operation Muthana Strike 4 July 2005 4 July 2005 Baghdad International Airport, neighborhoods next to Counterinsurgency: Over 100 individuals were detained as a result of the operation, including reportedly foreign fighters from Egypt
Operation Bow Country 5 July 2005 5 July 2005 Baghdad, areas in the far-east portion Counterinsurgency and reconnaissance: To find weapons and ammunition caches, and to develop intelligence on insurgent activity.
Operation Scimitar 7 July 2005 July 2005 Zaidan, approximately 20 mi (30 km) southeast of Fallujah Counterinsurgency: At least 22 suspected insurgents were detained
Operation Warriors Rage 15 July 2005 15 July 2005 Baghdad, the Ameriyah district Counterinsurgency: The search found 10 to 12 122/130-millimeter rounds enhanced with propane to make a larger fireball in the explosion
Battle of Haditha 1 August 2005 3 August 2005 Haditha Battle: Was a battle fought over two days that were under insurgent control in the Euphrates River valley during 2005
Operation Quickstrike 3 August 2005 10 August 2005 Haditha, Haqliniyah, and Barwanah Counterinsurgency: An offensive operation aimed at disrupting insurgent activities and recovering a missing Marine sniper.
Operation Able Warrior 4 August 2005 4 August 2005 Baghdad, west of the Baghdad International Airport Counterinsurgency: Was conducted in order to disrupt car bombing cells and roadside bomb emplacers, and prevent them from planning, preparing and carrying out terrorist attacks in the area.
Operation Vanguard Thunder 5 August 2005 5 August 2005 Baghdad Counterinsurgency: Targeted 150–200 terrorist suspects. No injuries or damages were reported[14]
Operation Restoring Rights 26 August 2005 2005 the northern city of Tal Afar, located 30 mi (50 km) west of Mosul, Iraq Counterinsurgency: Was a massive military push to engage and destroy the heavy insurgent contingent located there.[15]
Battle of Tal Afar 1 September 2005 18 September 2005 Tal Afar Security and Counterinsurgency: The city was temporarily cleared for elections in 2005, but was not secured in a long-term view.[16]
Operation Cyclone(Zoba) 11 September 2005 11 September 2005 Rutbah Counterinsurgency: Against Al-Qaeda in Iraq fighters
Operation Flea Flicker 14 September 2005 14 September 2005 Zafaraniya Counterinsurgency: Was designed to disrupt insurgent activity in the area in preparation for the 15 October constitutional referendum
Operation National Unity 29 September 2005 14 September 2005, at least until Baghdad Counterinsurgency: Charged with the objective of detecting and halting insurgent activity.
Operation Rose Bowl 29 September 2005 29 September 2005 Mohawla, Diyala Counterinsurgency: search in Mohawla 952.
Operation Clydesdale October 2005 October 2005
Operation Mountaineers(Hiba) October 2005 October 2005 southern Ramadi Counterinsurgency: Which consists of 400 ISF soldiers and 500 U.S. service members, is to disrupt insurgents
Operation Carentan October 2005 December 2005 Diyala and Saladin Governorate Counterinsurgency: Was responsible for detaining over 700 suspected insurgents and clearing 120 weapons caches
Operation Constitution Hammer October 2005 October 2005 Fallujah Counterinsurgency: Was conducted to disrupt insurgent activity along the main supply routes in Fallujah, find and capture weapons caches, and kill or capture insurgents
Operation Iron Fist (Kabda Bil Hadid) 1 October 2005 6 October 2005 Sadah approximately 12 km. from the Syrian border Counterinsurgency: In order to root out al Qaeda in Iraq terrorists operating in the area and to disrupt terrorist support systems in and around the city
Operation Bowie 2 October 2005 4 October 2005 Ar Ramadi, southern portion Counterinsurgency: While sweeping through the mostly rural area, the ISF assisted the Marines in identifying people who were not from here and helped in searching homes and buildings for weapons caches and insurgent propaganda.
Operation Saratoga 2 October 2005 October 2005 North Central Iraq Security: To provide a safe observance of Ramadan and security for the upcoming referendum
Operation River Gate (Bawwabatu Annaher) 4 October 2005 5 October 2005 Haditha, Haqlaniyah and Barwana Counterinsurgency: The operation's goal is to deny the al Qaeda in Iraq terrorist network the ability to operate in the three Euphrates River Valley cities and to free the local citizens from the insurgents' campaign of murder and intimidation
Operation Fiesta Bowl 11 October 2005 11 October 2005 Mohawla Counterinsurgency: search in Mohawla 964
Operation Doctor 25 October 2005 25 October 2005 Ar Ramadi, the Women's and Children's Hospital Humanitarian: The operation, led by 6th Civil Affairs Group, supplied the hospital and the local Ministry of Health with more than $500,000 in medical supplies and equipment that was sorely needed by the citizens of the Al Anbar provincial capital.
Operation Cornhusker 1 November 2005 1 November 2005 Mohawla Counterinsurgency: cordon and search in Mohawla 953 and clearing operations in Mohawla 955
Operation Open Window November 2005 2005 the south central region of Iraq Security: To prepare the area for transfer to the responsibility of the Iraqi 8th Division.
Operation Tigers (Numur) November 2005 December 2005 Ramadi Counterinsurgency: Resulted in the capture of several weapons caches and several terrorist suspects
Operation Wolf Stalk II November 2005 November 2005 Ninevah Counterinsurgency: Soldiers were charged with disrupting insurgent activity and responding to the needs of local citizens.
Operation Great Lakes November 2005 November 2005 Counterinsurgency: Army National Guard, Army and USMC units from FOB Grizzly were charged with disrupting insurgent activity south of Udame. SFC Kyle B. Wehrly of the 2nd Battalion, 123rd Field Artillery was killed in the Operation.
Operation Shank(Harba) 2 November 2005 3 December 2005 Ramadi, central and southern portions Counterinsurgency: Was the fifth in a series by the Iraqi army and coalition forces engaged in combined clearing operations to disrupt terrorism and set conditions for a successful, 15 December election in the provincial capital of Anbar
Operation Syrian Round-up 5 November 2005 5 November 2005 Zafaraniya Counterinsurgency: clear Mohawla 965. A car was confiscated.
Operation Steel Curtain(Al Hajip Elfulathi) 5 November 2005 22 November 2005 Karabilah Counterinsurgency: A Continued effort to clear the town of insurgent activity and weapons
Operation Slapshot 6 November 2005 6 November 2005 near Sindabad Counterinsurgency: targets in M979 and clear Bania Farm.
Operation Fiesta Bowl II 9 November 2005 9 November 2005 Diyala Counterinsurgency: clear M964.
Operation Knockout 12 November 2005 12 November 2005 Ba'qubah Counterinsurgency: A division-size raid designed to destroy or disrupt all of their cells in a large locality in a single night
Operation Paradise City II 12 November 2005 12 November 2005 Around Rasheed Airfield Clearing operation in Zone 11W
Operation Kennesaw Dragon 14 November 2005 15 November 2005 Dawr Counterinsurgency: Conducted an air assault into landing zones outside the town and moved in to search for insurgents, insurgent activity and weapons caches.
Operation Panthers (Numur) 16 November 2005 18 November 2005 Ramadi, the Sophia district Counterinsurgency: Discovered weapons caches and detained suspected terrorists
Operation Home Run 17 November 2005 17 November 2005 Zafaraniya Counterinsurgency: clear Mohawla 959 in Zafaraniya
Operation Bruins(Dibbah) 19 November 2005 20 November 2005 Ramadi Counterinsurgency and Security: Part of a series of disruption operations in Ramadi and is designed to set the conditions for successful elections in December
Operation Cotton Bowl 22 November 2005 22 November 2005 Zafaraniya Counterinsurgency: clear Mohawla 961 in Zafaraniya
Operation Lions(Asad) 22 November 2005 24 November 2005 Ar Ramadi, the Tammim area Counterinsurgency: This operation involved Iraqi Army and Coalition Forces clearing sections of the city to disrupt the insurgency and set conditions for successful elections on 15 December
Operation Tyche Round-up 26 November 2005 26 November 2005 Diyala Counterinsurgency: capture/kill AIF targets in Mohawla 964.
Operation Turkey Bowl 28 November 2005 28 November 2005 Zafaraniya Counterinsurgency: clear Mohawla 951.
Operation Iron Hammer (Matraqa Hadidia) 30 November 2005 3 December 2005 Hai al Becker region Security: The completion of construction of a long-term base on the eastern side of the Euphrates River across from Hīt and about 170 kilometers west of Baghdad
Operation Green Trident December 2005 December 2005 Fallujah, south of Counterinsurgency: U.S. Marines discovered more than ten metric tons of munitions hidden at 72 cache sites 39 km south of Fallujah
Operation Rams(Tallie) 4 December 2005 4 December 2005 Ramadi Counterinsurgency: The forces have discovered four weapons
Operation Stocking Stuffer 4 December 2005 4 December 2005 Diyala Counterinsurgency: raid on 3 Ansar-al-Sunna targets in M964
Operation Skinner(Gashshaa) 7 December 2005 10 December 2005 central Ramadi Counterinsurgency: The operation netted four weapons caches and several detainees and also two command initiated rocket systems designed to ambush passing convoys in central Ramadi. The combined forces also discovered a roadside bomb that the insurgents planned to use in the rocket attack.
Operation Able Rising Force 8 December 2005 9 December 2005 Khadisia Counterinsurgency: Locate and detain suspected terrorists
Operation Bull Dawg Chariot 8 December 2005 8 December 2005 Baqubah, near Counterinsurgency: The operation reportedly netted four suspected terrorists
Operation Liberty Express 13 December 2005 15 December 2005 Fallujah Security: Transportation of election supplies from the printer to the camp, where Iraqi Police and members of the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq picked up and escorted the supplies, including ballots, and dispersed them to various polling sites in the city of Fallujah


Soviet Antonov An-2 airplane sprays pesticide on wheat crops during Operation Barnstormer (May 2006).
Salah Ad Din Governorate (March 31, 2006) – An Iraq Army soldier assigned to the 1st Battalion, 1st Brigade, 4th Division, mans a checkpoint during Operation Red Light II, on the outskirts of Monfia village in the Western Desert

The beginning of 2006 was marked by government creation talks, growing sectarian violence, and continuous anti-coalition attacks. Sectarian violence expanded to a new level of intensity following the al-Askari Mosque bombing in the Iraqi city of Samarra, on 22 February 2006. The explosion at the mosque, one of the holiest sites in Shi'a Islam, is believed to have been caused by a bomb planted by Al-Qaeda in Iraq. Although no injuries occurred in the blast, the mosque was severely damaged and the bombing resulted in violence over the following days.

As of 20 October the U.S military announced that Operation Together Forward had failed to stem the tide of violence in Baghdad, and Shiite militants under al-Sadr seized several southern Iraq cities.[17]

On 23 November, the deadliest attack since the beginning of the Iraq war occurred. Suspected Sunni-Arab militants used five suicide car bombs and two mortar rounds on the capital's Shiite Sadr City slum to kill at least 215 people and wound 257. Shiite mortar teams quickly retaliated, firing 10 shells at Sunni Islam's most important shrine in Baghdad, badly damaging the Abu Hanifa mosque and killing one person. Eight more rounds slammed down near the offices of the Association of Muslim Scholars, the top Sunni Muslim organisation in Iraq, setting nearby houses on fire. Two other mortar barrages on Sunni neighborhoods in west Baghdad killed nine and wounded 21, police said.[18]

After capture in December 2003, Saddam Hussein was hanged on 30 December 2006, after being found guilty of crimes against humanity by an Iraqi court.[19]

Battle/operation name From date To date Location Purpose/result
Operation Industrial Revolution 10 August 2006 10 August 2006 Southeast Fallujah/Industrial Sector Cordon and Search looking for roadside and car bomb Making Facilities
Operation Iron Arrow I 2006 2006 Obeidi region, northern portion Counterinsurgency: Conducted to root out terrorists on the Sunni side of town
Operation Post Hawk 2006 2006
Operation Unified Fist 2006 2006 Baghdad Counterinsurgency:
Operation Baghdad is Beautiful January 2006 January 2006 Baghdad Humanitarian: Cleanup up Baghdad
Operation King Tut January 2006 January 2006 Baghdad Security: Searched for weapons caches
Operation Red Bull January 2006 January 2006 the "Triad" area of Haditha, Haqlaniyah and Barwana Security: The search revealed 75 weapons caches terrorists planned to use during attacks in the region.
Operation Falcon Sweep 11 January 2006, on or about 11 January 2006, on or about Shakaria Counterinsurgency: One of the operation's objectives was to identify and capture terrorists in the village
Operation Red Bull II 18 January 2006 18 January 2006 the "Triad" area of Haditha, Haqlaniyah and Barwana Counterinsurgency: Continue clearing all insurgent operations out of the "Triad" area.
Operation Final Strike (Al Dharba Al Nihaa'ya) 29 January 2006 29 January 2006 Jazerra area northwest of Habbaniyah, 75 km west of Baghdad Counterinsurgency: Aimed at neutralizing the insurgency activity and providing a secure area for the citizens of the Jazerra.
Operation Smokewagon 2 February 2006 5 February 2006 Hīt, numerous villages south of Counterinsurgency: Looking for insurgents and their weapons caches
Operation PitBull 10 February 2006 17 February 2006 east of the Euphrates River Counterinsurgency: Designed to squash insurgent operations
Operation God help us (Ala Allah) 12 February 2006 13 February 2006 Subiyhat Counterinsurgency: To clear the area of insurgents and interact with the populace
Operation Dirty Harry 20 February 2006 20 February 2006 Muqdadiyah, a neighborhood and farmlands in the southern portion Security and Counterinsurgency: To cordon and knock a local neighborhood which included searching homes and farmland for anti-coalition forces and weapon caches
Operation Minotaur 26 February 2006 26 February 2006 a town along the Euphrates River in Al Anbar Province, northwest of Baghdad Counterinsurgency: Was aimed at clearing more than nine kilometers of riverbank and several small villages south of Haqlaniyah
Operation Swamp Fox March 2006 March 2006 Muqdadiyah Counterinsurgency: Coalition and Iraqi forces detained 104 suspected insurgents and confiscated a cache of weapons
Operation Raging Bull March 2006 March 2006 the "Triad" region of Haditha, Haqliniyah, and Barwanah off the Euphrates River in western Al Anbar Province Counterinsurgency: The first, fully independent Iraqi Army-led mission in the "Triad" region
Operation Raging Bull II March 2006 March 2006
Operation Jaws V March 2006 4 March 2006 Fallujah Counterinsurgency: Disrupting insurgents’ efforts to launch mortar and improvised explosive device attacks against Coalition Forces
Operation El Toro Loco 1 March 2006 1 March 2006 Baghdadi Counterinsurgency:
Operation Glory Light 2 March 2006 9 March 2006 Sadr to Yusufiyah area Counterinsurgency: Was designed to deny insurgents sanctuary and preempt enemy attacks in the Baghdad area
Operation Lion 2 March 2006 2 March 2006 Baghdad Counterinsurgency: Discovered more than 62 tons of munitions and weapons were discovered in over 80 weapons caches as well as the capture of 65 suspected insurgents
Operation Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood. 10 March 2006 10 March 2006 Fallujah Humanitarian: Handed out toys and pamphlets to Iraqi Children
Operation Focus 12 March 2006 12 March 2006 Diwaniyah Counterinsurgency: Found a weapons cache
Operation Scales of Justice 12 March 2006 March 2006 Baghdad Counterinsurgency: Approximately 800 suspected insurgents had been detained and 140 weapons caches discovered and cleared as part of the operation
Operation Swarmer 16 March 2006 22 March 2006 a 10-by-10-mile square area northeast of Samarra Counterinsurgency: The operation resulted in 104 suspected insurgents currently being detained and questioned, and 24 caches discovered.
Operation Cowpens 19 March 2006 14 April 2006 Jabouri Peninsula Counterinsurgency: Discovering caches and hampering insurgent efforts
Operation Northern Lights 21 March 2006 2006 Abu Ghraib Counterinsurgency: To disrupt anti-Iraqi forces and to find and destroy terrorist caches in Abu Ghraib. Operation Northern Lights was a joint USIraqi operation which consisted of approximately 1,400 personnel. Most of the information is confidential and not public.
Operation Scorpion 24 March 2006 25 March 2006 Hawija Counterinsurgency: A sequential cordon and search of eight villages in and around Hawija
Operation Red Light II 31 March 2006 31 March 2006 Saladin Governorate Counterinsurgency: Detained 17 anti-Iraqi forces personnel and discovered four weapons caches
Operation Cobra Strike (2006) April 2006 April 2006 Haswah and Iskandariyah Counterinsurgency: Was a mission intended to locate the suspected leader and financier of a terrorist cell working in the area. The suspected terrorists were implicated in murders, kidnappings and the emplacement of roadside bombs
Operation Harvest Lights April 2006 May 2006 Najaf, Karbala and Babil Provinces Humanitarian: To control the progressive loss of the date palm crop and regenerate the industry
Operation Money Worth April 2006 April 2006 Baghdad Security: Placed more than 500 concrete barriers at points throughout Baghdad
Operation Sterling April 2006 2006 Basra Counterinsurgency: Detained 14 individuals and recovered a significant weapons cache
Operation Hastings 4 April 2006 7 April 2006 Fallujah, northeast of Counterinsurgency: To take weapons out of the hands of insurgents
Operation Bastogne 6 April 2006 6 April 2006 Baghdad Security: Blocking off escape routes frequented by insurgents
Operation Bold Action 10 April 2006 10 April 2006 Tarmiya, near Security: To provide more security near Tarmiya by chasing the terrorists
Operation Larchwood 4 16 April 2006 16 April 2006 Yusufiyah Members of B squadron 22 SAS and a platoon of British paratroopers supported by US aircraft launched the operation that was aimed at mid-level Al-Qaeda leadership, the operation was a success and an intelligence coup that led the finding and killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
Operation Swift Sword 26 April 2006 29 April 2006 the villages and farms west of Bayji Counterinsurgency: The operation resulted in the capture of 17 suspected insurgents and the confiscation of a cache of weapons. The cache included more than 100 artillery rounds, mortar rounds, mines, rocket-propelled grenades, sniper rifles, and 4,500 rounds of ammunition
Battle of Diwaniya 28 April 2006 28 April 2006 Diwaniya Counterinsurgency: Battle between the Mahdi Army and the Iraqi Army
Operation Babil Perimeter 28 April 2006 May 2006 Al Hayy Counterinsurgency: Detained five known insurgents and found some weapons caches
Operation Lion Hunt 29 April 2006 May 2006 Mosul Counterinsurgency: Designed to remove the insurgents from the region making the area safer and to train the Iraqi police
Operation Dragons Breath May 2006 May 2006 Ramadi Counterinsurgency: Search for weapons caches and insurgents
Operation Lion Hunt II May 2006 June 2006 Nineveh Governorate Counterinsurgency: To further develop the Iraq police in cordons and searches while reducing the insurgency in the Ninewah province
Operation Stallion Run May 2006 May 2006 Baghdad Security and Counterinsurgency: The operation was focused on clearing the roads of bombs and the debris that could hide them
Operation Lion 4 May 2006 4 May 2006 Mosul Counterinsurgency: A cordon and search operation
Operation Lightning Blitz 5 May 2006 7 May 2006
Operation Tropical Lightning 6 May 2006 6 May 2006 Counterinsurgency:
Operation Unified Front 6 May 2006 6 May 2006 Ameriya Counterinsurgency: An effort to capture anti-Iraqi forces and seize weapons caches in the neighborhood of Ameriya
Operation Lofty Summit 7 May 2006 7 May 2006 Mushada Security: Coalition forces will stage out of the same patrol base as the 11th Special Infrastructure Battalion, a specialized Iraqi army unit that protects an oil pipeline running through Mushada.
Operation Iron Triangle 9 May 2006 11 May 2006 Tikrit Counterinsurgency: The operation resulted in the detention of 200 suspected terrorists and the confiscation of weapons and propaganda materials at an insurgent training camp southwest of the city.
Operation Barnstormer 16 May 2006 18 May 2006 Karbala, Wasit, Babil, Baghdad, Diyala, Ninewa and Dohuk Humanitarian: To protect key staple crops from insect damage in several Iraq provinces
Operation Chepultepec 24 May 2006 24 May 2006 the Ubaydah region of Southern Lutafiyah Counterinsurgency: Iraqi Police and Coalition Forces provided the outer cordon around the 80 square kilometer area while the Iraqi Army advanced to their objective to drive the terrorists from the region.
Operation Tinto 25 May 2006 25 May 2006 Basrah Counterinsurgency: Was a search and arrest mission
Operation Coolspring VIII 2006 9 May 2006 Mosul Counterinsurgency: Three men of military age previously on the Iraqi Army's most wanted list were detained in searches of a wide area south of the city.
Operation Roaring Tiger 3 June 2006 3 June 2006 Baghdad, Adhamiyah district Counterinsurgency: The operation captured 19 suspected insurgents
Operation Cool Carpet 9 June 2006 9 June 2006 Gharmah Humanitarian: To deliver prayer rugs along with two new air conditioning units
Operation Together Forward 14 June 2006 24 October 2006 Baghdad Security: One of the largest combined security operations in the city since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003
Battle of Ramadi 17 June 2006 15 November 2006 Ramadi Peacekeeping: The objective of the operation was to take full control of a city that had been out of the hands of the American military for the better part of two years.
Operation Sand Storm 26 June 2006 26 June 2006 Ayn Mana Counterinsurgency: To seek out illicit weapons and insurgent forces
Operation Iron Gate June 2006 July 2006 Hawija and Riyadh Counterinsurgency: Observe and prevent illegal border crossing's from Iran
Operation Relentless Hunt July 2006 August 2006 Hawija and Riyadh
Operation Gaugamela 20 July 2006 July 2006 Hawija and Riyadh Counterinsurgency: A search for suspected al-Qaeda terrorists in towns just west of Kirkuk
Operation River Falcon 25 July 2006 27 July 2006 Sayifiyeh Counterinsurgency: The operation was aimed at denying terrorists the use of the town as a safe haven, disrupting insurgent attacks on Coalition and Iraqi Security Forces, and on collecting and destroying insurgent munitions
Operation Thundercat 26 July 2006 30 July 2006 Baghdad Counterinsurgency: To disrupt and destroy the insurgency in and around Baghdad
Operation Floodlight August 2006 9 August 2006, on or about Fallujah Counterinsurgency: To locate insurgents and weapons targeting coalition and Iraqi forces south of the city
Operation Guardian Tiger IV August 2006 August 2006 Haditha Triad region's Counterinsurgency: Captured more than 30 suspected insurgents
Operation Passage 20 August 2006 20 August 2006 Al Magrab, near Mosul Counterinsurgency: an Iraqi Army, Iraqi Police and U.S. Army joint forces mission
Operation Rubicon 25 August 2006 25 August 2006 Husayba Counterinsurgency: Destroyed AQI and Sunni insurgents supply line into Ramadi, numerous insurgent casualties reported.
Operation Constant Solidarity 1 September 2006 1 September 2006 Diwaniyah Counterinsurgency: To weed out more than 2,000 terrorists in and around the city
Operation Yorktown 26 September 2006 26 September 2006 Al Anbar Province Security and Law enforcement: To develop the Iraqi Security Forces, facilitate the development of official rule of law through democratic government reforms, and continue the development of a market based economy centered on Iraqi reconstruction
Battle of Al Rumaythah 26 September 2006 26 September 2006 Al Rumaythah Contact between Australian forces from Overwatch Battle Group (West) and unidentified insurgents.
Operation Iron Arrow II 30 September 2006 30 September 2006 Obeidi region Security: An IA-led effort aimed at establishing security in the northern portion of the region on the Shia side
Operation Commando Hunter 2 October 2006 October 2006 Yusufiyah Counterinsurgency: Was intended to deny terrorists sanctuary in the city 20 mi (30 km) southwest of Baghdad
Operation SOUK 2 October 2006 2 October 2006 Fallujah Counterinsurgency: A cordon and search mission
Operation Half Nelson 4 October 2006 4 October 2006 Hurriyah Peacekeeping and Counterinsurgency: An attempt to build trust with Iraqi civilians and eliminate terrorists
Operation Medusa 4 October 2006 4 October 2006 Mosul
Operation Benefit Day 11 October 2006 11 October 2006 Baghdad Humanitarian: Marines and Iraqi Security Forces passed out backpacks full of school supplies to the children
Operation Dealer 12 October 2006 12 October 2006 Ramadi Security: Was undertaken to establish a combat outpost in the area.
Battle of Amarah 19 October 2006 20 October 2006 Amarah Battle: Began when 800 masked members of the Mahdi army stormed three police stations in Amarah
Operation Helping Hand 21 October 2006 21 October 2006 Tuz Humanitarian: Delivered basic food staples to about 300 Kurd, Turkmen and Arab families
Battle of Fallujah (2006) 7 November 2006 23 December 2006 Fallujah Battle: (See Operation Phantom Fury)
Operation Trifecta 14 November 2006 18 November 2006 Zaidon Security and Counterinsurgency: Performed house-to-house searches and widespread cache sweeps
Battle of Turki 15 November 2006 16 November 2006 Turki Battle: Was fought over 40 hours between American paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division and well trained insurgent forces.
Operation Talon 12 November 20060 20 November 2006 Fallujah, north of Humanitarian and Counterinsurgency: Rescued 2 hostages and detained 13 suspected insurgents
Operation Polar Black Diamond 25 November 2006 25 November 2006 al Taca Security and Counterinsurgency: Detained 10 terrorist suspects and found a cache of improvised explosive device components
Operation Polar Valor 7 December 2006 7 December 2006
Operation Cougar 10 December 2006 10 December 2006 Adhamiyah Security and counterinsurgency: A cordon and search operation
Operation Arctic Sunrise 16 December 2006 16 December 2006 Baghdad, South of Counterinsurgency: Removed a sizeable cache of bomb making material, detained 11 individuals believed to be involved in insurgent activities and improved the living conditions for the Iraqi people in the area
Operation Eagle Watch 15 December 2006 16 December 2006 Tikrit Counterinsurgency: Fifteen suspects were detained in several locations near the city
Operation Moonlight (Alkamra Almaner) 19 December 2006 21 December 2006 Counterinsurgency: Netted a weapons cache and demonstrated the Iraqi Army soldiers' ability to gather intelligence, plan, execute and exercise command and control during a large-scale operation
Operation Gladiator 23 December 2006 23 December 2006 Baghdad Counterinsurgency: To sweep the Al Doura market and clear the area so merchants can return and be safe
Operation Beastmaster 29 December 2006 29 December 2006 Baghdad, the western suburb of Ghazaliya Counterinsurgency: Cleared three large neighborhoods which were the sights of much sectarian violence


Soldiers have a short meeting at an airfield in Baqubah before an air assault into an outlying village of the city, 18 June 2007

2007 saw a rise in humanitarian and peacekeeping operations as well as a large "surge" in US forces designed to help stabilize the region.

On 10 January 2007, President Bush announced changes in the administration's political and military strategy in the Iraq War during a television speech broadcast. The speech and underlying strategy had been crafted under the working title "The New Way Forward." In the address Bush stated "America will change our strategy to help the Iraqis carry out their campaign to put down sectarian violence and bring security to the people of Baghdad. This will require increasing American force levels. So I've committed more than 20,000 additional American troops to Iraq. The vast majority of them—five brigades—will be deployed to Baghdad."

As part of this new strategy, 2007 saw several major military operations aimed at eliminating insurgent activities, increase support services such as medical facilities and utilities and the training of Iraqi citizens as police or military personnel.

The largest of these new operations were Operations Law and Order, Phantom Thunder and Phantom Strike.

Battle/Operation name From date To date Location Purpose/Result
Operation Arrowhead Strike VI 2007  2007 Baghdad Counterinsurgency: Part of the continuing security plan for Baghdad
Operation Green Angel 2007 2007
Operation Three Swords 2007 2007
Operation Michigan 2007 2007
Operation White Rockets 2007 6 March 2007 near Bin Muhammad south of Baghdad Counterinsurgency: Found two ammunition caches and detaining two suspects
Operation Locust January 2007 January 2007
Operation Three Kings January 2007 January 2007
Operation Arrowhead Strike III 3 January 2007  ???????? Baghdad Counterinsurgency: Captured 13 suspected insurgents and recovered several weapons in the northwestern area of the city
Operation Turki Bowl 4 January 2007 13 January 2007 south of Balad Ruz in the Turki Village, Tuwilla and 30 Tamuz areas of the province Counterinsurgency: U.S. and Iraqi forces killed 100 terrorists, detained 50, and dismantled a large terrorist group
Battle of Haifa Street 6 January 2007 9 January 2007 Baghdad, Haifa Street Battle: Was a battle fought over three days for the control of Haifa Street, a two-mile (3 km)-long street in downtown Baghdad, between American and Iraqi Army forces and various insurgent forces
Operation Turki Bowl II 8 January 2007 8 January 2007 Balaruz Counterinsurgency
Operation Machete Harvest 10 January 2007 11 January 2007 Yusufiyah Counterinsurgency: To deny anti-Iraq forces a safe haven in the area
Operation Koa Canyon (Wadi Aljundi) 19 January 2006 27 January 2006 along the Euphrates River Counterinsurgency: An effort to disrupt insurgent activity and to root out their weapons stores along the Euphrates River
Operation Howard 16 January 2007 16 January 2007 Risalah Iraqi army forces elements detained 19 men during operations to capture an illegal armed group leader allegedly responsible for coordinating violent attacks against Iraqi civilians and coalition forces
Operation Arbead II 18 January 2007 18 January 2007 Fallujah Counterinsurgency: To detain members of a murder and intimidation cell
Operation Northern Venture 2007021 21 January 2007 Al Anbar Province Counterinsurgency: Marines from 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 5, uncovered 14 large caches
Operation Warm-Up 22 January 2007 22 January 2007 Kawla and Darar Humanitarian: Distributed cloths, food, first aid kits and school supplies to children in Iraq
Operation Black Eagle II 23 January 2007 23 January 2007 Mahmudiyah Counterinsurgency: Soldiers detained three suspected terrorists for suspicious activity. Weapons found during the operation included two AK-47 bandoleers and two Katyusha rocket casings
Operation Eagle Claw XI 23 January 2007 23 January 2007 Mrbat Garhat Village near Kirkuk Counterinsurgency:
Operation Tomahawk Strike 11 24 January 2007 24 January 2007 Baghdad Counterinsurgency: A series of targeted raids to disrupt illegal militia activity and help restore Iraqi security force control in the area
Battle of Najaf (2007) 28 January 2007 29 January 2007 Zarqa, Najaf Governorate Counterinsurgency: Was a battle that was fought between U.S. and Iraqi forces, and the Islamist Mahdi Army of Muqtada al-Sadr
Operation New Day 29 January 2007 29 January 2007 the Al Warar District of Ar Ramadi Counterinsurgency: The joint force searched more than 50 homes in the area while detaining two suspected insurgents.
Operation SINBAD 6 February 2007 6 February 2007 Hay A'Tanumah, a number of locations on the eastern bank of the Shatt Al'Arab opposite the main town of Basra Counterinsurgency: Six people were detained during the operation and later released. A quantity of munitions were discovered and later disposed of by explosive experts
Law and Order(Fardh Al-Qanoon) 14 February 2007 2007 An operation to secure the population of Baghdad by targeting al Qaeda, Sunni insurgent, and Shi'a extremist elements.|
Operation Wolverine Alesia 23 February 2007 3 February 2007 Yusufiyah Counterinsurgency: Discovered a weapons cache with a total of 1,129 mortar rounds uncovered
Operation Brown Hawk 25 February 2007 25 February 2007 Tahrir Counterinsurgency: To eliminate Tahrir as an operating base for improvised explosive device building cells and key leaders of the Al-Qaeda forces in Iraq.
Operation Saber Boss 26 February 2007 26 February 2007 Muqdadiya Counterinsurgency: Seized four weapons caches, killed approximately 10 insurgents and detained five suspected terrorists
Operation Ranger Dominance March 2007 March 2007 Baghdad Counterinsurgency: The first step in their portion of the Baghdad Security Plan
Operation Agave L 4 March 2007 4 March 2007
Operation Tomahawk Strike 12 4 March 2007 4 March 2007 Baghdad's Sadr City Counterinsurgency: A combined clearance of Sadr City to set secure conditions and identify and destroy militant threats and safe houses in the area in preparation of the establishment of a District Joint Security Station.
Operation Phoenix 5 March 2007 5 March 2007 Basrah City Counterinsurgency: A short-notice, reactive strike operation launched on a building west of the Al Jameat district of the city as a direct result of information gained after an attack made on a Multi National Forces base
Operation Dragon Surge 17 March 2007 17 March 2007 Baghdad Forward Presence and Security: To establish a presence within the city to

deter the sectarian violence against the Iraqi population from insurgents and establish a footprint of Coalition Forces

Operation Arrowhead Strike 9 20 March 2007 April 2007 Baghdad, west-central Mansour security district Counterinsurgency: Succeeded in preventing 3,200 roadside bombs, jailing 42 terrorists, and seizing enough weapons and explosives to outfit an enemy infantry battalion
Operation Enduring Education 25 March 2007 1 April 2007 throughout Iraq Humanitarian: To fill the shelves of schools with necessary tools to build the foundation of a solid education
Operation Regular Justice 5 April 2007 5 April 2007 Diyala Province
Operation Valiant Guardian (Harris Ba'sil) 5 April 2007 20 May 2007 outside of the major cities of the Euphrates River valley in western al Anbar province Counterinsurgency: Eight weeks of interdicting and disrupting enemy routes and safe havens
Operation Black Eagle 6 April 2007 6 April 2007 Diwaniya Counterinsurgency: U.S. troops battled gunmen loyal to anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in the town of Diwaniya for control of the city
Operation Black Eagle City 11 April 2007 April 2007 Diwaniya Humanitarian: Was a follow-on operation to Operation Black Eagle designed to rebuild the city and provide humanitarian aid to the people most affected by the recent militia violence
Operation Dixon 12 April 2007 12 April 2007 Baghdad, eastern portion Security and counterinsurgency: Was aimed at disrupting car bomb networks operating in the area and gaining additional information and intelligence on those networks.
Operation Yukon River 12 April 2007 12 April 2007 Adwaniyah Security: A joint effort that established security in the southeastern portion of Baghdad
Operation Eagle Lightning 16 April 2007 16 April 2007 Baghdad, just south in the Shaka area Counterinsurgency: Detained 33 suspected terrorists, discovered 6 weapons caches and 5 bombs
Operation School Supplies 18 April 2007 18 April 2007 throughout Iraq Humanitarian: Is a program where school supplies are donated to local Iraqi students who wouldn't otherwise have what's needed for a good education
Operation Commando Dive 21 April 2007 21 April 2007 Baghdad, just south of, in the Shubayshen area Counterinsurgency: Led to the detentions of almost 50 individuals and a number of cache finds
Operation Eagle Dive I 21 April 2007 21 April 2007 Baghdad, just south in the Shubayshen area Counterinsurgency: The effort netted 33 detainees, most suspected of building and planting bombs
Operation Polar Dive 21 April 2007 21 April 2007 the Shubayshen area, just south of Baghdad Counterinsurgency: Detained three suspected terrorists and found a cache of bomb-making materials including wire, black powder, explosives manuals in English and Arabic, and chemistry textbooks
Operation Trident IV 21 April 2007 21 April 2007 the Shubayshen area, just south of Baghdad Counterinsurgency: Detained six terror suspects and found a small weapons cache containing small arms and ammunition as well as 300 pounds of homemade explosive material and ball bearings for use in bombs
Operation Chalons 23 April 2007 23 April 2007 Security: The cordon and search mission was conducted in an effort to secure a suspected Anti-Iraqi Forces weapons cache located in 3rd HBCT’s operating area
Battle of Bismarck 23 April 2007 24 April 2007 Contact between Australian forces from Overwatch Battle Group (West) (OBGW-2) and insurgents
Operation Eagle Dive II 26 April 2007 26 April 2007 Lutifiyah Counterinsurgency: An operation intended to deny planned attacks on Patrol Base Lutifiyah.
Operation Forsythe Park 28 April 2007 28 April 2007 Ramadi Counterinsurgency: Found numerous weapons and weapons caches
Operation Polar Scrum 1 May 2007 1 May 2007 Yusufiyah Counterinsurgency: Resulted in 85 terror suspects detained and an improvised explosive device found during the all-day mission
Operation Rat Trap 1 May 2007 1 May 2007 Adhamiya Counterinsurgency: Among those killed during the operation was Muharib Abdul Latif, the Senior Minister of Information of al-Qaeda-in-Iraq
Operation Eagle Thunder III 2 May 2007 3 May 2007 Mahmudiyah Counterinsurgency: Soldiers found a weapons cache in the reed lines that consisted of homemade grenades
Operation Dragon Fire 5 May 2007 6 May 2007 Baghdad, the East Rashid security district Counterinsurgency and law enforcement: To rid the Rashid District of terrorists and criminals and to protect the population
Operation Beach Yellow 14 May 2007 14 May 2007 Dura-iya Security: Patrolled in search of terrorists and terrorist activity
Operation Southern Scimitar 19 May 2007 2007 Rutbah Counterinsurgency: To sweep and clear their area of insurgent activity
Operation Valdez 19 May 2007 19 May 2007 Uybeaydat, south of Baghdad Counterinsurgency: A mission to search for illegal weapons, explosives and high-value targets in the southern town
Operation Dragon Fire East 26 May 2007 May 2007 Baghdad, the East Rashid security district Counterinsurgency: Detained 3 suspected insurgents and found 2 weapons caches
Operation Red Eagle 26 May 2007 26 May 2007 Adhamiyah District Counterinsurgency: To disrupt insurgent activity in the Suleikh neighborhood
Operation Safe Neighborhood 28 May 2007 28 May 2007 Security: To make neighborhoods, markets, areas of congestion safer for the Iraqis
Operation Vipers Bite 30 May 2007 30 May 2007 the Al Izza district of Al Kut Counterinsurgency: Resulted in the detainment of 13 people suspected of insurgent activities
Operation Alljah June 2007 June 2007 Fallujah Security: Was designed to turn Fallujah over to local Iraqi law enforcement by dividing the city up into manageable sections
Operation Safety and Security (Fahrad Al Amin) June 2007 June 2007 Counterinsurgency: To make sure al Qaeda and the insurgents have no safe sanctuary where they can rest, refit, stage, and plan for attacks
Operation Northern Forge June 2007 7 June 2007
Operation Northern Fury June 2007 June 2007
Operation Cave Dweller 1 June 2007 2007 western Euphrates River valley Security and Reconnaissance: US Marines searched and mapped all caves they found
Operation Eagle Sweep 1 June 2007 1 June 2007 Lutifiyah, northeast of, near the Karkh Oil Facility Counterinsurgency: The searches resulted in four military-aged males being questioned, one of whom was a wanted insurgent
Operation Falkirk 1 June 2007 1 June 2007 Counterinsurgency: To locate and detain suspected terrorists in Balad with ties to the kidnapping of two U.S. Soldiers taken captive. Resulted in a sustained firefight between the insurgents and US and Iraqi Special forces. Several women and children who had been hostage for more than a month were also freed.
Operation Hermes 3 June 2007 3 June 2007 Radwaniyah Counterinsurgency: One of the homes had an SA-7 shoulder-fired surface-to-air missile system, and two men were detained and taken for questioning about the weapon.
Operation Polar Charade 3 June 2007 3 June 2007 southwest of Rushdi Mullah Security and Counterinsurgency: Search for 2 missing Soldiers who were abducted 12 May in Quarghulli Village
Operation Brutus 4 June 2007 4 June 2007 Iskandariyhya Counterinsurgency: Was an air assault mission focused on capturing or denying enemy sanctuary in the area
Operation Tiger Hammer 7 June 2007 7 June 2007 Baghdad, the Adhamiyah District Counterinsurgency: The four-hour operation netted nine detainees and 38 illegal weapons
Operation Northwestern Shoulder 12 June 2007 12 June 2007 Sagrah, Hosfa and Zawiyah Counterinsurgency and Humanitarian: Detained 10 Iraqis, searched for weapons and insurgent activity and performed several humanitarian projects
Operation Eagle Talon 13 June 2007 13 June 2007 Rusafa Counterinsurgency: Recovered three AK-47 magazines, one shotgun and one chemical protective mask
Operation Phantom Thunder 16 June 2007 2007 Throughout Iraq Counterinsurgency: An operation designed to defeat extremists in Iraq
Operation Marne Torch 16 June 2007 2007 Baghdad Security: Focused on the security belts surrounding Baghdad
Operation Nijmegen 16 June 2007 16 June 2007 Baghdad Counterinsurgency: Netted a cell leader with ties to persons of interest in the area southwest of the city.
Operation Ardennes 17 June 2007 17 June 2007 Muwayllihah Counterinsurgency: Yielded two suspected insurgents wanted for their potential involvement in targeting Iraqi and Coalition Forces with bombs and for their involvement in sectarian violence
Operation Chosin 17 June 2007 17 June 2007 Dura'iya Counterinsurgency: To disrupt key insurgent networks from freedom of maneuver in the battalion's area of operation.
Operation Destroyer Strike 17 June 2007 17 June 2007 Tuwaitha, near Counterinsurgency: Coalition forces seized multiple weapons caches
Operation Chicken Coup 17 June 2007 17 June 2007 Route Bismarck, Iraq Counterinsurgency
Operation Castine 18 June 2007 18 June 2007 Adhamiyah Counterinsurgency: Resulted in the capture of three suspects caught with materials used in the manufacture of car bombs
Operation Arrowhead Ripper 19 June 2007 19 June 2007 Baqouba and its surrounding areas Counterinsurgency: A large-scale effort to eliminate al-Qaeda in Iraq terrorists
Operation Commando Eagle 21 June 2007 2007 Baghdad, southwest of Counterinsurgency: Targeted a series of houses which local citizens indicated were being used by al-Qaeda cells to intimidate them and launch attacks against Iraqi and Coalition Forces
Operation Chicken Coup II 12 June 2007 12 June 2007 Route Bismarck, Iraq Counterinsurgency
Operation Sledgehammer 22 June 2007 22 June 2007 Jabella
Operation Peregrine II 23 June 2007 23 June 2007 Mahmudiyah, a village outside Counterinsurgency: Captured five members of an insurgent cell in north Babil
Operation Crazyhorse Thunder 23 June 2007 23 June 2007 Baghdad Counterinsurgency: Seven suspects were detained for allegedly planting bombs along Route Tampa, the highway leading into Baghdad
Operation Blore Heath II 24 June 2007 24 June 2007 Al Dura'iya Counterinsurgency: Cleared insurgent caches south of Salman Pak and southeast of Baghdad
Operation Bull Run 24 June 2007 24 June 2007 Al Dura'iya Counterinsurgency: Part of Operation Marne Torch, the latest Coalition Force initiative to eliminate insurgent sanctuaries southeast of Baghdad
Operation Cobra Strike (2007) 25 June 2007 28 June 2007 Tibaj Security: To establish a permanent combat outpost along with check points
Operation Council Grove II 25 June 2007 25 June 2007 Baghdad Counterinsurgency: Detained six insurgents
Operation Golden Eagle II 27 June 2007 27 June 2007 Lutifiyah and Baghdad Counterinsurgency: Was an early morning ground assault to prevent insurgents from creating a base of operations north of Lutifiyah
Operation Eagle Venture IV 29 June 2007 30 June 2007 between Mahmudiyah and Yusifiyah Counterinsurgency: detained nine suspected insurgents while constructing a battle position
Battle of Donkey Island 30 June 2007 30 June 2007 outside Ramadi Routine reconnaissance detects impending assault on Ramadi by 40 – 70 insurgents. US forces annihilate the insurgent force
Operation Eagles July 2007 July 2007
Operation Guardian Torch July 2007 July 2007 Arab Jabour Counterinsurgency: Was designed to clear the area of al Qaeda and other insurgent forces
Operation Geronimo Strike II July 2007 July 2007
Operation Justice Reach July 2007 July 2007
Operation Nijemgen II July 2007 July 2007
Operation Patriot Strike July 2007 July 2007
Operation Dragon Hammer 1 July 2007 1 July 2007 Baghdad, Rashid District Counterinsurgency: Baghdad troops detained more than 100 suspected insurgents and seized more than 200 weapons caches.
Operation Geronimo Strike 3 July 2007 3 July 2007 Kalsu's Fish Farms area Counterinsurgency: Conducted to prevent insurgency operations and attacks
Operation Four Brothers 6 July 2007 6 July 2007 Arab Jabour Counterinsurgency: Found money, weapons and detained numerous people for questioning
Operation Stampede 3 6 July 2007, on or about 6 July 2007, on or about Counterinsurgency: Found several weapons caches including more than 80 mortar rounds, 10 rockets, 15 pounds of plastic explosives, several artillery rounds, fuses, blasting caps and other components to be used to make bombs
Operation Grenada 7 July 2007 7 July 2007 Babel, Northern portion Counterinsurgency: Captured the ringleader of a cell responsible for conducting rocket and improvised explosive device attacks on the people and security forces of North Babil
Operation Safe Teach 7 July 2007 7 July 2007 Jisr Diyala Security Operation: Task Force Marne Soldiers teamed with Iraqi Security Forces to provide security for Iraqi school children
Operation China Shop 23 June 2007 30 June 2007 North of Karmah Counterinsurgency: Conducted in order to clear insurgents and weapons caches north of Karmah and Fallujah in areas that were previously unoccupied by Coalition Forces.
Operation China Shop II 8 July 2007 8 July 2007 North of Karmah
Operation Eastern Fury 10 July 2007 13 July 2007 Fallujah
Operation Geronimo Strike III 10 July 2007 13 July 2007 Iskandariyah, northwest of Counterinsurgency: Conducted in order to capture members of an Al Qaeda cell wanted in connection with the kidnapping of three American Soldiers and other attacks against Iraqi and Coalition Forces
Operation Saber Guardian 10 July 2007 11 July 2007 Sherween Counterinsurgency: Resulted in 20 al-Qaida terrorists killed, 20 detained, and two weapons caches and 12 bombs discovered
Operation Leyte Gulf 11 July 2007 11 July 2007 Mahmudiyah, south of Counterinsurgency: A ring leader of a cell and 4 of his lieutenants responsible for conducting improvised explosive device attacks on the people and security forces of North Babil was captured
Operation Eagle Ares 12 July 2007 12 July 2007 Lutifiyah, east of Counterinsurgency: Iraqi and U.S. Soldiers nabbed 46 men suspected of involvement with al Qaeda affiliated terror networks
Operation Waterfront 13 July 2007 13 July 2007 Al Anbar Counterinsurgency
Operation Polar Tempest 14 July 2007 14 July 2007 al-Owesat and al-Thobat, the villages near Counterinsurgency: Resulted in 12 men being detained for questioning on suspicion of terrorist activity.
Operation Bellicose Bastian 15 July 2007 15 July 2007 Counterinsurgency: Ten suspected insurgents were arrested
Operation Ithaca 15 July 2007 15 July 2007 Haimer, Abu Nasim, and Jamil, near the villages of Counterinsurgency: Resulted in 29 al-Qaida gunmen killed, 23 detained, eight hostages released, two weapons caches discovered and a safe house destroyed
Operation Mawtini 15 July 2007 July 2007 Al Anbar province, western portion Counterinsurgency: To neutralize any future attempts by insurgent Forces to re-establish a presence in key urban areas along the Euphrates River valley
Operation Punisher III August 2007 August 2007 Al Anbar province Counterinsurgency: Aimed at countering an insurgent surge of activity in the area, as well as disrupting the flow of weapons and other illegal items toward the urban areas. Was part of Operation Mawtini.
Operation Purple Haze 15 July 2007 15 July 2007 Baghdad, Jamiya'a neighborhood Counterinsurgency: Discovered two caches totaling approximately 700 lb of homemade explosives
Operation Marne Avalanche 16 July 2007 2007 Baghdad Counterinsurgency: An offensive operation aimed at stopping southern Baghdad from being used as a safe haven and preventing the movement of weapons, munitions and insurgents into Baghdad
Operation Ameliyet 17 July 2007 17 July 2007 Baghdad Counterinsurgency: No weapons were found, but Soldiers and police officers learned there had been holes dug where weapons may have been stored previously
Operation Iraqi Home Protector 22 July 2007 22 July 2007 Riyadh Peacekeeping
Operation Olympus 22 July 2007 22 July 2007 Anbakia Counterinsurgency: Opened routes and cleared insurgents
Operation Iraqi Heart 23 July 2007 23 July 2007 Amman, Jordan Humanitarian Operation: An Iraqi child received an operation in Amman, Jordan, to correct a heart defect known as Tetralogy of Fallot
Operation Rogue Thunder 24 July 2007 24 July 2007 Baghdad Counterinsurgency: Outpost Established, Cache Discovered
Operation Iron Blitz 26 July 2007 26 July 2007 Baghdad, Northwest of Counterinsurgency: Captured 25 suspected insurgents
Operation Woodshed 26 July 2007 26 July 2007 Samood Village, an area near Turki Village Counterinsurgency: Killed 11 terrorists and detained 13 suspected terrorists
Operation Rogue Stomp 29 July 2007 30 July 2007 Baghdad, the Jamia Section Counterinsurgency
Operation Pegasus Bridge 30 July 2007 5 August 2007 Al Anbar Province Counterinsurgency: Numerous weapons caches, one of which consisted of 11 tons of ammonium nitrate, are among operational highlights. Dozens of enemy munitions, homemade explosives (HME) and rigged-to-blow Bombs were also uncovered and destroyed in place.
Operation Jalil 31 July 2007 August 2007 Samarra Counterinsurgency: More than 80 suspected terrorists have been detained
Operation New Blue July 2007 July 2007 throughout Iraq Security: Put residents in police stations to guard their own communities
Operation Wickersham II August 2007 August 2007 Counterinsurgency
Operation Wickersham 1 August 2007 2 August 2007 Baqouba, south of Counterinsurgency: Was to clear an area used by al-Qaeda in Iraq to launch mortars into Baqouba. Named after the lead intelligence analyst for the Iraq Survey Group's Combined Media Processing Center, Adam Wickersham-US Army, who was injured in 2004 near Baqouba from a bomb.
Operation Winston-Salem 1 August 2007 1 August 2007 Baghdad, the Al Amin Section Counterinsurgency: Captured four suspected insurgents and recovered materials for making bombs
Operation Firecracker 7 August 2007 August 2007 the western Yarmouk neighborhood, Baghdad Counterinsurgency: The operation was launched to seek out a suspected bomb-cell in the area.
Operation Hoplite 4 August 2007 7 August 2007 Had Maksar Counterinsurgency: During the operation, two bombs were discovered in homes and destroyed; two weapons caches were discovered; four roadside bombs were discovered and reduced; and one al-Qaida vehicle was destroyed.
Operation William Wallace 8 August 2007 8 August 2007 Abu Tina Counterinsurgency: To destroy al-Qaeda elements in the Abu Tina area
Operation Banzeen August 2007 August 2007 Baghdad Law enforcement: An effort to stop anyone affiliated with illegal militias from taking gasoline and then selling it on the black market.
Operation Lightning Hammer 13 August 2007 2007 Diyala River Valley Counterinsurgency: A large-scale offensive to defeat al-Qaeda and other terrorist cells seeking safe haven. Was part of Operation Phantom Strike.
Operation Phantom Strike 13 August 2007 2007 throughout Iraq Counterinsurgency: To eliminate remaining elements of AQI and other extremist groups, preventing them from causing further terrorism and inciting sectarian violence. Additionally, it will intensify pressure on extremist networks across the entire theater.
Operation Police Victory 2007 2007 Objective:to force Al-Qaeda out of the town hit. The operation was completed by Master sergeant Martin Moore and the 5th Special Forces group.
Operation Pericles 15 August 2007 15 August 2007 Diyala River province Counterinsurgency: The object of the operations was to sweep insurgents from the villages and palm groves of the province.
Operation Snake River 15 August 2007 15 August 2007 Hawr Rajab region Counterinsurgency
Operation Marne Husky 16 August 2007 16 September 2007 Baghdad Counterinsurgency: An aviation-based combat offensive targeting Sunni and Shiia military safe havens and weapons smugglers in the southern belts of Baghdad. The 3,900 U.S. troops in the area are focusing on choking the flow of Iranian-supplied bombs and weapons reaching the capital city.
Operation Chesterfield 16 August 2007 16 August 2007 New Baghdad District Counterinsurgency: Captured one suspected insurgent and recovered a weapons cache including recovering two AK-47s, two pistols and 900,000 Iraqi dinar.
Operation Little Man Brief 17 August 2007 17 August 2007 Baghdad Counterinsurgency
Operation Dragon Fox August 2007 August 2007 Baghdad Counterinsurgency: Found several Weapons caches
Operation Crimson Shogun 20 August 2007 20 August 2007 the Owesat and Fetoah areas, along the Euphrates River Counterinsurgency: Thirteen men were detained for further questioning, one of whom was on the battalion’s list of persons of interest. His brother was also detained, and was found by the Soldiers of Company A disguised as a pregnant woman in an attempt to avoid capture.
Operation Nijmegen II 23 August 2007 23 August 2007 Diyarah, north of Counterinsurgency: 16 suspected members of a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device cell, with suspected links to al-Qaeda, were detained.
Operation Alabama 23 August 2007 23 August 2007 near Baghdad ? Counterinsurgency
Operation Alaska 24 August 2007 25 August 2007 near Baghdad ? Counterinsurgency
Operation Falcon Fury II August 2007 August 2007 Baghdad Counterinsurgency: Was an air assault mission conducted in support of Operation Marne Husky
Battle of Karbala 27 August 2007 August 2007 Karbala Battle:
Operation Combined Justice August 2007 August 2007 Counterinsurgency
Operation Powerline 25 August 2007 25 August 2007 throughout Iraq Counterinsurgency: An operation to survey Iraq for downed power lines and watching for anyone violating the stand-off distance laws.
Operation Church 27 August 2007 27 August 2007 Gobia Counterinsurgency: Netted several detainees, three caches containing 150 lb of home-made explosives, two 130 mm rounds, a ZU-23 with 2,000 rounds, a rocket-propelled grenade with eight rounds, a PKC, and seven AK-47s.
Operation Gecko 28 August 2007 28 August 2007 Jurf as Sakhr Counterinsurgency: Tips from concerned citizens led Iraqi Coalition Forces to identify and destroy an enemy safehouse and discover a weapons cache.
Operation Street Sweeper II 28 September 2007 30 August 2007 Habbaniyah, outside of Counterinsurgency: To rid the area of insurgents and their deadly tools.
Operation Eagle Chickmauga 1 September 2007 1 September 2007 Mahmudiyah Counterinsurgency: 16 suspected insurgents were detained.
Operation Hit and Run 1 September 2007 1 September 2007 near Hawr Rajab Counterinsurgency: Detained eight suspected al-Qaeda members and confiscated four AK-47 assault rifles
Operation Comanche Swarm III 2 September 2007 2 September 2007 Baghdad, East of Counterinsurgency: Detained three people and seized a large cache of weapons
Operation Gator Inn 2 September 2007 2 September 2007 near Patrol Base Murray Counterinsurgency: Discovered a weapons cache containing three AK-47 assault rifles, 14 mortar primers, six magazine carriers and 24 magazines.
Operation K 2 September 2007 2 September 2007 Baghdad, East of Counterinsurgency
Operation Black Shark 3 September 2007 3 September 2007 Baghdad Counterinsurgency: The operation, carried out by Soldiers of Company D, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, was part of the continuous effort to sweep out insurgent strongholds. Soldiers also recovered two AK-47 assault rifles, one magazine and 707,000 Iraqi dinar, equal to about $600.
Operation Lightning Hammer II 5 September 2007 5 September 2007 throughout Iraq Counterinsurgency: Search for alqaeda members throughout Iraq.
Operation Tuwaitha Sunrise September 2007 September 2007 Tuwaitha, southeast of Baghdad Counterinsurgency: To rid a major road of Bombs
Operation Wickersham III 5 September 2007 5 September 2007 Diyala province Counterinsurgency: The operation, designed to remove al-Qaeda influence south of Buhriz, resulted in the discovery of three weapons caches and five bombs. Four detainees were located in the vicinity of a cache and were transferred to a facility for further questioning.
Operation Justice League 6 September 2007 6 September 2007 Khan Bani Sa'ad Counterinsurgency: To drive Al-Qaeda out of the area.
Operation Rock Hammer 7 September 2007 7 September 2007 Baqouba, South of Counterinsurgency: Was conducted in farmland and palm groves on the Diyala River, resulted in the discovery of 11 al Qaeda in Iraq weapons caches.
Operation Falcon Fury 10 September 2007 10 September 2007 Baghdad, south of Counterinsurgency: Was an air assault mission that yielded three suspected militants who were detained after they were discovered with explosives.
Operation Tacoma III 10 September 2007 10 September 2007 New Baghdad Counterinsurgency: The operation, carried out by Soldiers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, resulted in the recovery of two explosively formed penetrators, eight hand grenades, one rocket, 218 rounds of ammunition, three mortars and three rolls of wire.
Operation Greywolf Hammer II 2007 2007 Counterinsurgency
Operation Gun Barrel City 2007 2007 Counterinsurgency
Operation California 12 September 2007 12 September 2007 Near Mahmudiyah Counterinsurgency
Operation Viking Clampdown III 15 September 2007 15 September 2007 Counterinsurgency
Operation Arizona 15 September 2007 15 September 2007 Counterinsurgency
Operation Dragon Talon II 17 September 2007 17 September 2007 Baghdad Counterinsurgency: Captured 2 individuals suspected of anti-Coalition activities and the confiscation of several weapons caches.
Operation Marne Torch II September 2007 September 2007 Counterinsurgency
Operation Bethel 19 September 2007 19 September 2007 Hawr Rajab Counterinsurgency: Detained insurgent suspects and destroyed weapons
Operation Lions Paw September 2007 September 2007 throughout Iraq Humanitarian: The release of 50 to 75 Iraqi detainies each day during Ramadan
Operation Viking Snatch 20 September 2007 20 September 2007 Sheik Hammad Village, near Counterinsurgency: A weapons smuggler was detained and a cache of weapons was discovered containing two AK-47s, four magazines and two pistols with two magazines
Operation Gecko III A 21 September 2007 21 September 2007 Jurf As Sukhr Counterinsurgency: A weapons cache was also discovered during the operation which contained two hand grenades, one 105mm artillery round, one 81mm mortar round, one PKC machine gun, one Dragunov sniper rifle, one Dushka heavy machine gun, three AK-47 assault rifles, two ammunition vests and other paraphernalia. The cache was destroyed on the scene.
Operation Bear 29 September 2007 29 September 2007 Baqouba Counterinsurgency: An operation designed to look for weapons caches and insurgents.
Operation Gold Digger 29 September 2007 29 September 2007 Sheik Jamil Counterinsurgency: Searched for weapons caches.
Operation Anchorage 30 September 2007 30 September 2007 east of FOB Falcon Counterinsurgency: Discovered weapons and detained several suspected insurgents
Operation Hawaii II 3 October 2007 4 October 2007 Near Mahmudiyah Counterinsurgency: searching weapons caches.
Operation Rock Drill 5 October 2007 5 October 2007 Muradiyah Counterinsurgency: Discovered a large weapons cache in the village cemetery and detained two men.
Operation Eagle Shiloh III 6 October 2007 6 October 2007 Said Abdulla Corridor, west of Mahmudiyah Counterinsurgency: Detained 17 suspected insurgents.
Operation Elfin Cove October 2007 October 2007 Counterinsurgency
Operation Belleau Wood October 2007 October 2007 Counterinsurgency
Operation Bell Hurriyah (Enjoy Freedom) October 2007 October 2007 Counterinsurgency
Operation Gecko IIIB October 2007 October 2007 throughout Iraq Counterinsurgency: Search for weapons caches and suspected insurgents.
Operation Bone Breaker 15 October 2007 15 October 2007 southeast Baqouba Counterinsurgency: Captured one large weapons cache containing assorted weapons and ammunition, as well as two smaller caches containing home-made explosives.
Operation Ohio II 17 October 2007 17 October 2007 Near Mahmudiyah Counterinsurgency: searching weapons caches. Some 60mm and 120mm Mortar rounds were found and destroyed by bomb teams.
Operation Kentucky 20 October 2007 20 October 2007 Near Mahmudiyah Counterinsurgency: searching weapons caches.
Operation Hawaii III 23 October 2007 24 October 2007 Near Mahmudiyah Counterinsurgency: searching weapons caches.
Operation Montana II 12 November 2007 13 November 2007 Near Mahmudiyah Counterinsurgency: searching weapons caches with Iraqi Forces.
Operation Iron Reaper 27 November 2007 December 2007 Northern Iraq Counter Insurgency: To pursue al-Qaeda in Iraq and extremist elements from the region.


Battle/Operation name From date To date Location Purpose/Result
Operation Oklahoma 8 January 2008 9 February 2008 Near Mahmudiyah? clearing houses.
Operation Marne Thunderbolt January 2008 15 February 2008 southeast of Baghdad Security: Focused on pursuing the enemy and clearing al-Qaeda safe havens. Transitioned to Operation Marne Grand Slam in February 2008.
Operation Rock Reaper January 2008 2008 west of Baquba, Iraq Counter Insurgency: Effort to clear Al-Queda strongholds
Operation Phantom Phoenix 8 January 2008 2008 southeast of Baghdad, Northern Iraq Security: Focused on pursuing the enemy and clearing al-Qaeda safe havens
Operation Raider Harvest 8 January 2008 2008 southeast of Baghdad, Northern Iraq Security: A sub operation of Operation Iron Harvest.
Operation Iron Harvest 9 January 2008 2008 Northern Iraq Counter Insurgency: To pursue al-Qaeda in Iraq and extremist elements from the region. A sub operation of the corps-level offensive Operation Phantom Phoenix
Operation Marne Grand Slam 15 February 2008 15 March 2008 southeast of Baghdad Security: Focused on pursuing the enemy and clearing al-Qaeda safe havens. Transitioned to Operation Marne Rugged in March 2008.
Operation Marne Rugged 15 March 2008 2009 southeast of Baghdad Security: Focused on pursuing the enemy and clearing al-Qaeda safe havens.
Operation Sawlat al-Fursan (Charge of the Knights) 24 March 2008 2009 al Qurnah, Iraq Counter Insurgency: Targeting criminal elements by the Iraqi Army and Iraqi Security Forces
Operation Estonia 29 March 2008 30 March 2008 the cities of Hamza and Hashmiyah, Iraq Counter Insurgency: detained numerous criminals and found two caches
Operation Manchu Harvest III (Salah ad Din) 4 April 2008 2008 Salah ad Din Province, Iraq Counter Insurgency: discovered a large weapons cache
Operation Marne Piledriver 15 April 2008 2008 the Mahmudiyah area Peacekeeping and Counterinsurgency: Purpose was to combat insurgency and stimulate economic growth and development throughout the Mahmudiyah Qada
Operation Restore Peace VI 18 May 2008 18 May 2008 Forward Operating Base McHenry, Iraq Counter Insurgency: To reconcile with combatants. Reported a 90% drop in violence in certain areas.
Operation Lions Roar 19 May 2008 19 May 2008 the Younis al-Sabawi neighborhood of Mosul, Iraq Counter Insurgency: Discovered a cache consisted of more than 100 mortar rounds, more than 100 mortar fuses, two mortar tubes, two mortar bipods, one suicide vest, two rockets and eight mines.
Operation Balad Musalahah[20] 22 May 2008 2008 Balad area Counter Insurgency: Allowing reconciliation of insurgents.
Operation Siegfried Line[21] 24 May 2008 24 May 2008 southern Baghdad, Iraq Counter Insurgency: detained numerous suspected criminals in the Bayaa community
Operation Gravel Dump[22] 28 May 2008 28 May 2008 Karma, Iraq Counter Insurgency: Joint USMC/Iraqi Army search of gravel trucks for smuggled weapons.
Operation Spring Break[23] May 2008 May 2008 Lake Tharthar, Iraq Counter Insurgency: 4 day joint operation between U.S. Marines and Iraqi Army scouts.
Operation al Salam, (Peace)[24] 20 May 2008 2009 Sadr City, Iraq Counter Insurgency
Operation Lion Hunt[25] 6 June 2008 6 June 2008 Ninewah province, Iraq Counter Insurgency: the first unilateral Iraqi-led aerial operation conducted by the 11th brigade, 3rd Iraqi Army division.
Operation New Town[26] 10 June 2008 10 June 2008 Shakriyah, Iraq Counter Insurgency: an air assault census mission conducted by the 22nd brigade, 6th Iraqi Army division
Operation Iron Roundup II[27] 2008 6 July 2008 provinces north of Baghdad—Diyala, Salah ad Din, Kirkuk and Ninewa Counter Insurgency: discovered weapons caches and detained three suspected terrorists
Operation Lions Paw[28] 2008 2008 throughout Iraq Counter Insurgency:During the Ramadan month, between fifty and seventy Iraqis will be released from U.S. detention centers in Iraq each day
Operation Defeat Al Qaeda in the North 2008 2008 Anbar Province, Salah Ad Din Province, Ninewa Province Counter Insurgency
Operation Iron Pursuit 29 July 2008 11 August 2008 Diyalah province Counter Insurgency
Operation Eagle North[29] 8 August 2008 8 August 2008 Abu Osage Village of the Sa'id Abdullah Corridor Counter Insurgency: to find and detain suspected criminals throughout the area
Operation Monmouth[30] 27 August 2008 27 August 2008 Habbash Village Counter Insurgency: search for weapon caches and suspected criminals
Operation Viper Pursuit[31] 1 August 2008 30 August 2008 the Sulayman Bak area Counter Insurgency: to search for insurgent activity


Battle/Operation name From date To date Location Purpose/Result
Operation Iron Gator[32] 14 January 2009 2009 Salman Pak Security and Humanitarian: A series of projects totaling $2 million to improve the security and infrastructure of Salman Pak, southeast of Baghdad.
Operation Goodwill[33] 23 January 2009 2009 Maysan province Humanitarian: distribution of food, toys and medical supplies to poor Iraqis in the rural villages of Maysan province, to include the villages of Amarah and Abu Romanah.
Operation Wolf Pursuit[34] February 2009 2009 Diyala Province Operation Wolf Pursuit was a joint US and Iraqi operation aimed at targeting insurgents in rural areas of Diyala Province, and the rural southern area of Balad Ruz specifically. Coalition and Iraqi Security Forces intended to enter rural areas, clear them of insurgents, and then build combat outposts to maintain security and oversee the development of the rural areas.
Operation New Hope[35] 21 February 2009 2009 Mosul Operation New Hope was a military offensive with joint US and Iraqi participation that began on 21 February 2009. The operation's objective was to degrade Al-Qaeda in Iraq's capabilities in Mosul, the capital of the northern province of Ninewah. It also intended to follow up on arrest warrants, carry out search-and-raid operations in parts of Mosul, and reinforce the presence of security forces. In the first evening hours of the offensive, 84 suspects were arrested on suspicion of involvement in terrorism.
Operation Ninewa Resolve[36] 14 April 2009 2009 Neighborhoods in Ninewa Operation Ninewa Resolve was a subset of Operation New Hope. As part of the operation, Coalition and Iraqi forces partnered to clear insurgents from neighborhoods in Ninewa's capital city of Mosul. After the neighborhood was cleared, a holding force was put into place to prevent the return of insurgents. Once the neighborhood was secured, the holding force began quick-impact projects to employ Iraqis and spur economic development and reconstruction.
Operation Glad Tidings of Benevolence II[37] 2009 2009 The operation consisted of clearing areas in search of weapons caches, checking identification for known criminals and bringing humanitarian assistance to local communities.
Operation Legion Pursuit II[38] 2009 2009 Diyala Province The top three key tasks of Legion Pursuit II were to project and sustain Iraqi Security and Coalition forces in the villages of Abu Bakr and Abu Awad, Diyala Province, Iraq and to conduct a detailed census of the towns and to provide humanitarian assistance to bolster ISF and local national relations.


Battle/Operation name From date To date Location Purpose/Result
Operation New Dawn August 2010 18 December 2011 Iraq Umbrella term for U.S. operations in Iraq after August 2010.
Battle of the Palm Grove 10 September 2010 13 September 2010 Hudaidy, Diyala, Iraq Iraqi police and army supported by American trainers engaged in a four-day indecisive engagement with insurgents.


Battle/Operation name From date To date Location Purpose/Result
Operation New Dawn August 2010 18 December 2011 Iraq Umbrella term for U.S. operations in Iraq after August 2010.

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Iraqi sources
  • Iraq Diaries – Iraqis writing about their experiences of war.
  • The Ground Truth Project – A series of exclusive, in-depth interviews with Iraqis, aid workers, military personnel and others who have spent significant time on-the-ground in Iraq.
  • What Iraqis Think – A compilation of the latest polls and blogs coming out of Iraq.

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Combat operations related
  • Electronic Iraq: Daily news and analysis from Iraq with a special focus on the Iraqi experience of war.
  • News from Iraq: Aggregated news on the war, including politics and economics.
  • The Struggle for Iraq: BBC Best Link: All the latest news, analysis and images from Iraq.

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