List of coalition military operations of the Iraq War in 2006
2006 military operations
The beginning of 2006 was marked by government creation talks, growing sectarian violence, and continuous anti-coalition attacks. Sectarian violence expanded to a new level of intensity following the al-Askari Mosque bombing in the Iraqi city of Samarra, on 22 February 2006. The explosion at the mosque, one of the holiest sites in Shi'a Islam, is believed to have been caused by a bomb planted by Al-Qaeda in Iraq. Although no injuries occurred in the blast, the mosque was severely damaged and the bombing resulted in violence over the following days.
As of 20 October the U.S military announced that Operation Together Forward had failed to stem the tide of violence in Baghdad, and Shiite militants under al-Sadr seized several southern Iraq cities.
On 23 November, the deadliest attack since the beginning of the Iraq war occurred. Suspected Sunni-Arab militants used five suicide car bombs and two mortar rounds on the capital's Shiite Sadr City slum to kill at least 215 people and wound 257. Shiite mortar teams quickly retaliated, firing 10 shells at Sunni Islam's most important shrine in Baghdad, badly damaging the Abu Hanifa mosque and killing one person. Eight more rounds slammed down near the offices of the Association of Muslim Scholars, the top Sunni Muslim organisation in Iraq, setting nearby houses on fire. Two other mortar barrages on Sunni neighborhoods in west Baghdad killed nine and wounded 21, police said.
After capture in December 2003, Saddam Hussein was hanged on 30 December 2006 after being found guilty of crimes against humanity by an Iraqi court.
|Battle/Operation name||From date||To date||Location||Purpose and result|
|Operation Industrial Revolution||August 10 2006||August 10 2006||Southeast Fallujah/Industrial Sector||Cordone and Search Looking for roadside and car bomb Making Facilities|
|Operation Iron Arrow I||2006||2006||Obeidi region, northern portion||Conducted to root out terrorists on the Sunni side of town|
|Operation Post Hawk||2006||2006|
|Operation Unified Fist||2006||2006||Baghdad|
|Operation Baghdad is Beautiful||January 2006||January 2006||Baghdad||Cleanup up Baghdad|
|Operation King Tut||January 2006||January 2006||Baghdad||Searched for weapons caches|
|Operation Red Bull||January 2006||January 2006||the "Triad" area of Haditha, Haqlaniyah and Barwana||The search revealed 75 weapons caches terrorists planned to use during attacks in the region.|
|Operation Falcon Sweep||January 11 2006, on or about||January 11 2006, on or about||Shakaria||One of the operation's objectives was to identify and capture terrorists in the village|
|Operation Red Bull II||January 18 2006||January 18 2006||the "Triad" area of Haditha, Haqlaniyah and Barwana||Continue clearing all insurgent operations out of the “Triad” area.|
|Operation Final Strike (Al Dharba Al Nihaa’ya)||January 29 2006||January 29 2006||Jazerra area northwest of Habbaniyah, 75 km west of Baghdad||Aimed at neutralizing the insurgency activity and providing a secure area for the citizens of the Jazerra.|
|Operation Smokewagon||February 02 2006||February 05 2006||Hīt, numerous villages south of||Looking for insurgents and their weapons caches|
|Operation PitBull||February 10 2006||February 17 2006||east of the Euphrates River||Designed to squash insurgent operations|
|Operation God help us (Ala Allah)||February 12 2006||February 13 2006||Subiyhat||To clear the area of insurgents and interact with the populace|
|Operation Dirty Harry||February 20 2006||February 20 2006||Muqdadiyah, a neighborhood and farmlands in the southern portion||To cordon and knock a local neighborhood which included searching homes and farmland for anti-coalition forces and weapon caches|
|Operation Minotaur||February 26 2006||February 26 2006||a town along the Euphrates River in Al Anbar Province, northwest of Baghdad||Was aimed at clearing more than nine kilometers of riverbank and several small villages south of Haqlaniyah|
|Operation Swamp Fox||March 2006||March 2006||Muqdadiyah||Coalition and Iraqi forces detained 104 suspected insurgents and confiscated a cache of weapons|
|Operation Raging Bull||March 2006||March 2006||the "Triad" region of Haditha, Haqliniyah, and Barwanah off the Euphrates River in western Al Anbar Province||The first, fully independent Iraqi Army-led mission in the “Triad” region|
|Operation Raging Bull II||March 2006||March 2006|
|Operation Jaws V||March 2006||March 04 2006||Fallujah||Disrupting insurgents’ efforts to launch mortar and improvised explosive device attacks against Coalition Forces|
|Operation El Toro Loco||March 01 2006||March 01 2006||Baghdadi|
|Operation Glory Light||March 02 2006||March 09 2006||Sadr to Yusufiyah area||Was designed to deny insurgents sanctuary and preempt enemy attacks in the Baghdad area|
|Operation Lion||March 02 2006||March 02 2006||Baghdad||Discovered more than 62 tons of munitions and weapons were discovered in over 80 weapons caches as well as the capture of 65 suspected insurgents|
|Operation Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood.||March 10 2006||March 10 2006||Fallujah||Handed out toys and pamphlets to Iraqi Children|
|Operation Focus||March 12 2006||March 12 2006||Diwaniyah||Found a weapons cache|
|Operation Scales of Justice||March 12 2006||March 2006||Baghdad||Approximately 800 suspected insurgents had been detained and 140 weapons caches discovered and cleared as part of the operation.|
|Operation Swarmer||March 16 2006||March 22 2006||a 10-by-10-mile square area northeast of Samarra||The operation resulted in 104 suspected insurgents currently being detained and questioned, and 24 caches discovered.|
|Operation Cowpens||March 19 2006||April 14 2006||Jabouri Peninsula||Discovering caches and hampering insurgent efforts|
|Operation Northern Lights||March 21 2006||2006||Abu Ghraib||To disrupt anti-Iraqi forces and to find and destroy terrorist caches in Abu Ghraib. Operation Northern Lights was a joint U.S-Iraqi operation which consisted of approximately 1,400 personnel. Most of the information is confidential and not public.|
|Operation Scorpion||March 24 2006||March 25 2006||Hawijiah||A sequential cordon and search of eight villages in and around Hawijah|
|Operation Red Light II||March 31 2006||March 31 2006||Saladin Province||Detained 17 anti-Iraqi forces personnel and discovered four weapons caches|
|Operation Cobra Strike (2006)||April 2006||April 2006||Haswah and Iskandariyah||Was a mission intended to locate the suspected leader and financier of a terrorist cell working in the area. The suspected terrorists were implicated in murders, kidnappings and the emplacement of roadside bombs|
|Operation Harvest Lights||April 2006||May 2006||Najaf, Karbala and Babil Provinces||To control the progressive loss of the date palm crop and regenerate the industry|
|Operation Money Worth||April 2006||April 2006||Baghdad||Placed more than 500 concrete barriers at points throughout Baghdad|
|Operation Sterling||April 2006||2006||Basra||Detained 14 individuals and recovered a significant weapons cache|
|Operation Hastings||April 04 2006||April 07 2006||Fallujah, northeast of||To take weapons out of the hands of insurgents|
|Operation Bastogne||April 06 2006||April 06 2006||Baghdad||Blocking off escape routes frequented by insurgents|
|Operation Bold Action||April 10 2006||April 10 2006||Tarmiya, near||To provide more security near Tarmiya by chasing the terrorists|
|Operation Swift Sword||April 26 2006||April 29 2006||the villages and farms west of Bayji||The operation resulted in the capture of 17 suspected insurgents and the confiscation of a cache of weapons. The cache included more than 100 artillery rounds, mortar rounds, mines, rocket-propelled grenades, sniper rifles, and 4,500 rounds of ammunition|
|Battle of Diwaniya||April 28 2006||April 28 2006||Diwaniya||Battle between the Mahdi Army and the Iraqi Army|
|Operation Babil Perimeter||April 28 2006||May 2006||Al Hayy||Detained five known insurgents and found some weapons caches|
|Operation Lion Hunt||April 29 2006||May 2006||Mosul||Designed to remove the insurgents from the region making the area safer and to train the Iraqi police|
|Operation Dragons Breath||May 2006||May 2006||Ramadi||Search for weapons caches and insurgents|
|Operation Lion Hunt II||May 2006||June 2006||Ninewah province||To further develop the Iraq police in cordons and searches while reducing the insurgency in the Ninewah province|
|Operation Stallion Run||May 2006||May 2006||Baghdad||The operation was focused on clearing the roads of bombs and the debris that could hide them|
|Operation Lion||May 04 2006||May 04 2006||Mosul||A cordon and search operation|
|Operation Lightning Blitz||May 05 2006||May 07 2006|
|Operation Tropical Lightning||May 06 2006||May 06 2006|
|Operation Unified Front||May 06 2006||May 06 2006||Ameriya||An effort to capture anti-Iraqi forces and seize weapons caches in the neighborhood of Ameriya|
|Operation Lofty Summit||May 07 2006||May 07 2006||Mushada||Coalition forces will stage out of the same patrol base as the 11th Special Infrastructure Battalion, a specialized Iraqi army unit that protects an oil pipeline running through Mushada.|
|Operation Iron Triangle||May 09 2006||May 11 2006||Tikrit||The operation resulted in the detention of 200 suspected terrorists and the confiscation of weapons and propaganda materials at an insurgent training camp southwest of the city.|
|Operation Barnstormer||May 16 2006||May 18 2006||Karbala, Wassit, Babil, Baghdad, Diyala, Ninewa and Dohuk||To protect key staple crops from insect damage in several Iraq provinces|
|Operation Chepultepec||May 24 2006||May 24 2006||the Ubaydah region of Southern Lutafiyah||Iraqi Police and Coalition Forces provided the outer cordon around the 80 square kilometer area while the Iraqi Army advanced to their objective to drive the terrorists from the region.|
|Operation Tinto||May 25 2006||May 25 2006||Basrah||Was a search and arrest mission|
|Operation Coolspring VIII||2006||May 09 2006||Mosul||Three men of military age previously on the Iraqi Army's most wanted list were detained in searches of a wide area south of the city.|
|Operation Roaring Tiger||June 03 2006||June 03 2006||Baghdad, Adhamiyah district||The operation captured 19 suspected insurgents|
|Operation Cool Carpet||June 09 2006||June 09 2006||Gharmah||To deliver prayer rugs along with two new air conditioning units|
|Operation Together Forward||June 14 2006||October 24 2006||Baghdad||One of the largest combined security operations in the city since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003|
|Battle of Ramadi (2006)||June 17 2006||November 15 2006||Ramadi||The objective of the operation was to take full control of a city that had been out of the hands of the American military for the better part of two years.|
|Operation Sand Storm||June 26 2006||June 26 2006||Ayn Mana||To seek out illicit weapons and insurgent forces|
|Operation Iron Gate||June 2006||July 2006||Hawija and Riyadh||Observe and prevent illegal border crossing's from Iran|
|Operation Relentless Hunt||July 2006||August 2006||Hawija and Riyadh|
|Operation Gaugamela||July 20 2006||July 2006||Hawija and Riyadh||A search for suspected al-Qaeda terrorists in towns just west of Kirkuk|
|Operation River Falcon||July 25 2006||July 27 2006||Sayifiyeh||The operation was aimed at denying terrorists the use of the town as a safe haven, disrupting insurgent attacks on Coalition and Iraqi Security Forces, and on collecting and destroying insurgent munitions|
|Operation Thundercat||July 26 2006||July 30 2006||Baghdad||To disrupt and destroy the insurgency in and around Baghdad|
|Operation Floodlight||August 2006||August 09 2006, on or about||Fallujah||To locate insurgents and weapons targeting coalition and Iraqi forces south of the city|
|Operation Guardian Tiger IV||August 2006||August 2006||Haditha Triad region's||Captured more than 30 suspected insurgents|
|Operation Passage||August 20 2006||August 20 2006||Al Magrab, near Mosul||an Iraqi Army, Iraqi Police and U.S. Army joint forces mission|
|Operation Rubicon||August 25 2006||August 25 2006||Husayba||A combat mission when they stopped to give the refreshments to the kids|
|Operation Constant Solidarity||September 01 2006||September 01 2006||Diwaniyah||To weed out more than 2,000 terrorists in and around the city|
|Operation Yorktown||September 26 2006||September 26 2006||Al Anbar Province||Security and Law enforcement: To develop the Iraqi Security Forces, facilitate the development of official rule of law through democratic government reforms, and continue the development of a market based economy centered on Iraqi reconstruction|
|Battle of Al Rumaythah||September 26 2006||September 26 2006||Al Rumaythah||Contact between Australian forces from Overwatch Battle Group (West) and unidentified insurgents.|
|Operation Iron Arrow II||September 30 2006||September 30 2006||Obeidi region||An IA-led effort aimed at establishing security in the northern portion of the region on the Shia side|
|Operation Commando Hunter||October 02 2006||October 2006||Yusufiyah||Was intended to deny terrorists sanctuary in the city 20 mi (30 km) southwest of Baghdad|
|Operation SOUK||October 02 2006||October 02 2006||Fallujah||A cordon and search mission|
|Operation Half Nelson||October 04 2006||October 04 2006||Hurriyah||Peacekeeping and Counterinsurgency: An attempt to build trust with Iraqi civilians and eliminate terrorists|
|Operation Medusa||October 04 2006||October 04 2006||Mosul|
|Operation Benefit Day||October 11 2006||October 11 2006||Baghdad||Marines and Iraqi Security Forces passed out backpacks full of school supplies to the children|
|Operation Dealer||October 12 2006||October 12 2006||Ramadi||Was undertaken to establish a combat outpost in the area.|
|Battle of Amarah||October 19 2006||October 20 2006||Amarah||Began when 800 masked members of the Mahdi army stormed three police stations in Amarah|
|Operation Helping Hand||October 21 2006||October 21 2006||Tuz||Delivered basic food staples to about 300 Kurd, Turkmen and Arab families|
|Battle of Fallujah(2006)||November 07 2006||December 23 2006||Fallujah||(See Operation Phantom Fury)|
|Operation Trifecta||November 14 2006||November 18 2006||Zaidon||Performed house-to-house searches and wide spread cache sweeps|
|Battle of Turki||November 15 2006||November 16 2006||Turki||Was fought over 40 hours between American paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division and well trained insurgent forces.|
|Operation Talon||November 12 20060||November 20 2006||Fallujah, north of||Humanitarian and Counterinsurgency: Rescued 2 hostages and detained 13 suspected insurgents|
|Operation Polar Black Diamond||November 25 2006||November 25 2006||al Taca||Detained 10 terrorist suspects and found a cache of improvised explosive device components|
|Operation Polar Valor||December 07 2006||December 07 2006|
|Operation Cougar||December 10 2006||December 10 2006||Adhamiyah||A cordon and search operation|
|Operation Arctic Sunrise||December 16 2006||December 16 2006||Baghdad, South of||Removed a sizeable cache of bomb making material, detained 11 individuals believed to be involved in insurgent activities and improved the living conditions for the Iraqi people in the area|
|Operation Eagle Watch||December 15 2006||December 16 2006||Tikrit||Fifteen suspects were detained in several locations near the city|
|Operation Moonlight (Alkamra Almaner)||December 19 2006||December 21 2006||Netted a weapons cache and demonstrated the Iraqi Army soldiers’ ability to gather intelligence, plan, execute and exercise command and control during a large-scale operation|
|Operation Gladiator||December 23 2006||December 23 2006||Baghdad||To sweep the Al Doura market and clear the area so merchants can return and be safe|
|Operation Beastmaster||December 29 2006||December 29 2006||Baghdad, the western suburb of Ghazaliya||Cleared three large neighborhoods which were the sights of much sectarian violence|
- "Shiite militia briefly seizes Iraqi city". MSNBC. 20 October 2006. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15343811/.
- "Bombs, mortars in Shiite slum kill at least 161". MSNBC. 23 November 2006. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15866123/.
- "Saddam Hussein executed in Iraq". BBC. 30 December 2006. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6218485.stm.
- Operation Aims to Curb Violence as Iraq's Government Takes Shape. Armed Forces News Service (March 16, 2006). Retrieved on 2014-11-24.
- National Force Iraq Website
- Global security
- National Corps-Iraq
- Defense America
- Army 1st Division website
- DVIDS Website
- States Army Website
- Maps of Iraq
- Iraqi sources
- Iraq Diaries – Iraqis writing about their experiences of war.
- The Ground Truth Project – A series of exclusive, in-depth interviews with Iraqis, aid workers, military personnel and others who have spent significant time on-the-ground in Iraq.
- What Iraqis Think – A compilation of the latest polls and blogs coming out of Iraq.
(additional links not found in Casualties links section)
- "; Iraqi Civilian Deaths Increase Dramatically After Invasion" Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, 28 October 2004.
- "One-Day Toll in Iraq Combat Is Highest for U.S. in Months", Washington Post, 19 October 2006.
- U.S. Military Personnel Wounded in Iraq & Afghanistan: A Running Log.
- Combat operations related
- "Aerial Propaganda Leaflet Database". Psywar.org, 6 November 2005. (ed. Iraq War PSYOP leaflets and posters)
- Electronic Iraq: Daily news and analysis from Iraq with a special focus on the Iraqi experience of war.
- News from Iraq: Aggregated news on the war, including politics and economics.
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