Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Multi-National Division-Baghdad Apache helicopter crews located and engaged enemy rocket launchers at approximately 3 p.m. July 29 in northern Baghdad.
The crew reported finding 10 rocket-launching systems in an open area, possibly the same area from which a July 29 rocket attack was launched on the International Zone.
“Detailed reconnaissance and demonstrated aerial skills by the air weapons team were key in interdicting future rocket attacks directed at the International Zone,” said Lt. Col. Christopher Walach, commander of 1st “Attack” Battalion, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division.
The 1-227th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion’s Apache team was conducting a reconnaissance mission when it was called by ground forces from 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, to go to the site. The ground forces cleared the Apache crews to engage the launching systems, and the crews fired on them, disabling them.
A ground unit from 2nd BCT later moved to the site to confiscate the rocket-launching systems while the Apache crews provided security.
(From press release #20070731-02 - Multi-National Corps-Iraq, Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory)