Saturday, January 27, 2007

Iraq’s ESU leads cordon and search

A Kirkuk Emergency Services Unit captain opens a case during a cordon and search operation Jan. 6. The ESU, along with Soldiers from A Co., 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division, searched houses in three villages outside the city of Kirkuk and spoke to locals about village needs durng the early morning operation.

Story and photo by Sgt. Michael Tuttle
5th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

KIRKUK, Iraq — The Emergency Services Unit here, with support from 25th Infantry Division Soldiers, conducted an early morning cordon and search operation Saturday outside the city.

The ESU searched three villages for contraband with 2nd Battalion, 35th Infantry Regiment Soldiers, while an American civil affairs team spoke with locals to gauge living conditions in the area.

“The villages were thoroughly searched,” said 1st Lt. John Byler., A Company platoon leader, 2-35. “These guys are allowed to have one AK and one magazine. A couple guys tried to get away with five so we’d take the extra four.” Full Story.

If you find it difficult to read CENTCOM's version, you may read it here.

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