Sunday, September 24, 2006

Operation Together Forward Brings Life to Ameriyah

Ameriyah Baghdad
Originally uploaded by Sydney Weasel.
Spc. Joshua Ramey US Army

BAGHDAD, — Since the beginning of Operation Together Forward, Baghdad’s Ameriyah neighborhood has seen several social and economic improvements as the Iraqi army and Multi-National Division – Baghdad (MND-B) forces work to rid the area of terrorist violence.

The combined military operations in the area includes a variety of civil service projects, such as a large-scale trash cleanup, medical services, and establishing a generally close working relationship with local residents – all of which serve to deter further terrorist attacks.

“Many of the shops that were once closed have reopened, such as a butcher shop and a bakery,” said Staff Sgt. John Davis, of Company A, 412th Civil Affairs Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Multi-National Division – Baghdad. “Main roads in the neighborhood are starting to look and feel like a neighborhood again, and economic activity and employment have increased since the beginning of the operation.” {Click on image for photo details}

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“The whole idea of Operation Together Forward is to help the Iraqis restore a sense of normalcy to their lives,” said U.S. Army Capt. Stacy Bare, Company A, 412th Civil Affairs Battalion.

The projects being worked are the direct result of requests from the neighborhood stake holders and the local population themselves, said Bare, and the local government is leading the charge back to prosperity in the area.

“The residents are quite accustomed to Coalition Forces’ presence in the area,” said Spc. Zachary Gray, Troop G, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, who works as a security escort in Ameriyah. “The civilian population is not hostile to our intentions despite the necessity of blocking off roads and enforcing a curfew. During the day, Ameriyah is extremely busy.”

As of Sept. 14, Iraqi Security Forces and MND-B have cleared more than 55,500 buildings, 60 mosques and 50 muhallas, detained more than 90 terrorist suspects, seized more than 1,200 weapons, registered more than 780 weapons and found 33 weapons caches. The combined forces have also replaced more than 1,100 doors, 35 windows and 1,350 locks damaged during clearing operations and have removed more than 110,000 cubic meters of trash from the streets of Baghdad.