Operation Iron Hammer (Iraq 2003)

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Operation Iron Hammer
Part of The War on Terrorism,
Operation Iraqi Freedom
U.S. soldiers from Scout Platoon, HHC, 1st Battalion, 36th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Division during Operation Iron Hammer in 2003.jpg
Members 1st Armored Division wait to begin a cordon and search of a Baghdad neighborhood as part of Operation Iron Hammer.
Date12 November 2003 - 25 December 2003
LocationBaghdad, Iraq
Result Capture of anti-coalition forces weapons;
failure to suppress expanding Insurgency
United States United States Iraq Iraqi Insurgency
Casualties and losses
None Reported 2 Killed
3 wounded
None Reported

Operation Iron Hammer 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.[1]


The operation was launched on the night of 12 November 2003[1] by elements of the US Army’s 1st Armored Division who performed cordon-and-search actions in several Baghdad neighborhoods. The operation’s first salvo came when 1st Armored Division soldiers saw mortar rounds being fired from a van and gave chase,[2] noting stops it made. An AH-64 Apache[3] helicopter followed the van and attacked it, killing two suspected anti-coalition fighters and wounding three others. Five others were captured. Soldiers found an 82 mm mortar launch tube at one of the van's stops.


In Operation Iron Hammer the military began preemptively destroying buildings suspected to be bases of operations for anti-coalition forces. The buildings included the former Republican Guard building, in the western part of the capital near Baghdad International Airport, and a warehouse in southern Baghdad. Both buildings had been used to conduct attacks on U.S. troops and were destroyed by AC-130 Spectre gunships and M2 Bradley fighting vehicles. U.S. forces also fired artillery rounds at two suspected mortar and rocket launch sites, one in western Baghdad and one in eastern Baghdad.


At the conclusion of Operation Iron Hammer Coalition forces has conducted 609 patrols in and around Baghdad capturing 33 enemy personnel. Combat actions included two cordon-and-search operations in Baghdad, detaining six people with suspected ties to the Fedayeen Saddam paramilitary organization and other anti-coalition elements. Another cordon-and-search operation in Baghdad's Azamiyah section netted 25 enemy personnel, including a former Republican Guard general, and significant quantities of weapons and ammunition. A joint cordon-and-search operation was also conducted in the Abu Ghuraib area with the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps.

Military Units Involved[edit]

US forces reported to be involved were
Iraqi forces reported to be involved were


No casualty figures are available. Please see Wikipage "Casualties of Iraq War" for information on casualty figures for the war in general.

Next Operations[edit]

Followed Operation OK Corral, followed by Operation Eagle Curtain.


  1. ^ a b "Operation Iron Hammer". usacac.army.mil. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
  2. ^ "U.S. Forces Launch Operation Iron Hammer". Fox News. Retrieved 6 November 2012.
  3. ^ "Handbook MARINE CORPS INSTITUTE IRAQ:AN INTRODUCTION TO THECOUNTRY AND PEOPLE". www.scribd.com. Retrieved 6 November 2012.