Operation Peregrine II
|Operation Peregrine II|
|Part of Iraq War|
|United States||Iraqi Insurgency|
|Casualties and losses|
Operation Peregrine II was counter-insurgency operation targeting an insurgent stronghold in a village just outside Mahmudiyah. The destination codename for the operation was Hawaii.
The Paratroopers from Company C, 3rd Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team(Airborne), 25th Infantry Division conducted Operation Peregrine II and captured five members of an insurgent cell in north Babil. The operation was a night time air assault to capture several (individuals) that were believed directly responsible for attacks in the area, including the bombing of a bridge that took the lives of three of American soldiers. This was actually the third raid conducted in response to the bridge attack.
The Paratroopers trained and rehearsed for three days in preparation for the mission but at the last minute plans changed. Prior to take off they learned that the main target had moved locations. This was the first air assault mission for Company C and although the mission was accomplished several factors added to the difficulty of the operation including the sheer number of houses located within the vicinity of the target.
In all, 19 suspected members of on Improvised Explosive Device (IED) cell were detained. Company A, 2nd Battalion, 69th Armored Regiment, attached to 377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment, 4th BCT, (ABN), 25th ID, detained 14 suspected insurgents 24 June while conducting a raid south of Baghdad alongside the Iraqi Army.
- Company A, 2nd Battalion, 69th Armored Regiment, attached to 377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment, 4th BCT, (ABN), 25th ID
- The Iraqi Army