Magazine article Army Reserve Magazine

High Value Targets Caught near Logistical Support Area Anaconda

Magazine article Army Reserve Magazine

High Value Targets Caught near Logistical Support Area Anaconda

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LOGISTICAL SUPPORT AREA ANACONDA, Iraq - Drivers kill the white light coming from the humvee's headlamps while the Soldiers on the truck put on their night vision goggles. The element of surprise is a Soldier's best friend when looking for high value targets (HVT) in Iraq.

Soldiers from the 100th Battalion, 442nd Infantry Regiment used air assault support and the cover of night to perform Operation Cobra Strike II just outside of Logistical Support Area (LSA) Anaconda.

Cobra Strike II was the follow up mission to Operation Cobra Strike in July 2005. Cobra Strike's main purpose was to find HVTs in the villages outside of LSA Anaconda. Cobra Strike II led the Soldiers of the 442nd Inf. Regt. back into one of the villages. The operation lasted two days.

"The first day was an air assault mission with 40 Soldiers and four helicopters," said CPT Doug Hill, company C commander of the 100th Bn., 442nd Inf. Regt.

The second day, Soldiers moved through the village with force to perform a cordon and search. "It was a long haul between some of the houses," said SGT Faamao Asalele, a team leader in second platoon. "It was a successful mission. We detained several people." Asalele's team escorted a K-9 unit the first day and was part of the cordon and search the next.

"We moved in, we owned the night, and we detained multiple individuals. We got good information on anti-Iraqi forces and found various small arms," said SPC Reed Kotake, an information operations specialist. Getting insurgents and weapons off the streets made the villages safer for everyone. …

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