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Operation Debacle: Iraq’s Name Game

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It figures that the unnecessary and unjustified invasion of Iraq would lead to a host of other horrors, including a bunch of operations that are like so much cosmetic surgery on an open wound.

John Pike‘s excellent and exhaustive site, globalsecurity.org, lists the “Iraq Pacification Operations.” It’s not a complete list — for example, right now the latest “surge” is Operation Arrowhead Ripper, directed at rebels in Diyala province, northeast of Baghdad.

What’s in a name? Armies always do this kind of thing. Back in 2004, there was even an Operation Giuliani. No, it wasn’t a series of high-paying motivational speeches playing off 9/11. It was this:

Soldiers of 1st platoon, 3rd Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, A Company, 101st Airborne Division swept through Mosul in Operation Giuliani. This operation was designed to seize weapons and munitions to prevent them from being used against coalition forces. Soldiers engaged in cordon searches and moved from house to house in the city.

Wow.

Back to today: Operation Arrowhead Ripper was deemed necessary because the surge in Baghdead drove rebels out of the capital and into the hinterlands. While all eyes — well, most eyes — were on Diyala today, terrorists blew up a huge Shiite mosque in central Baghdad. More than 75 were killed and hundreds wounded.

Anyway, here’s the list of operations and sub-operations and sub-sub-operations — including the December 6, 2004, Operation Soprano Sunset:

Task Force Baghdad soldiers conducted a raid on a sports complex at 4 p.m., Dec. 6 in eastern Baghdad, capturing several suspected senior level transnational terrorists, including key leaders, operatives, and financiers.

Operation Soprano Sunset targeted the sports complex, which was suspected as the base of operations for transnational terrorist members. Records and computers were also seized in the raid. The names and exact number of insurgent suspects were not released at the time, pending legal processing.

Sounds about as exciting as the actual Sopranos sunset.

Go to globalsecurity.org for links to each and every operation:

Operation Planet X (15 May 2003)

Operation Peninsula Strike (09 June 2003 – 12 June 2003)

Operation Desert Scorpion (15 June 2003 – 29 June 2003)

Operation Scorpion Sting

Operation Spartan Scorpion

Operation Rifles Scorpion

Operation Sidewinder (29 June 2003 – 07 July 2003)

Operation Soda Mountain (12 July 2003 – 17 July 2003)

Operation Ivy Serpent (12 July 2003 – 21 July 2003)

Operation Iron Bullet (July 2003)

Operation Tyr (July 2004)

Operation Ivy Lightning (12 August 2003)

Operation Silverado (16 August 2003)

Operation Ivy Needle (26 August 2003 – ?)

Operation Longstreet (September 2003)

Operation Tiger Clean Sweep (07 September 2003)

Operation Industrial Sweep (October 2003)

Operation Chamberlain (15 October 2003 – ?)

Operation Sweeney (15 October 2003 – ?)

Operation O.K. Corral (19 October 2003)

Operation Iron Hammer (November 2003)

Operation Eagle Curtain (November 2003)

Operation All American Tiger (06 November 2003 – ?)

Operation Ivy Cyclone (07 November 2003 – ?)

Operation Ivy Cyclone II (17 November 2003 – ?)

Operation Boothill (10 November 2003)

Operation Rifles Blitz (20 November 2003 – ?)

Operation Rifle Sweep(26 November 2003)

Operation Bayonet Lightning (02 December 2003)

Operation Bulldog Mammoth (04 December 2003 – ?)

Operation Clear Area (06 December 2003)

Operation Abilene (08 December 2003)

Operation Panther Squeeze (10 December 2003)

Operation Red Dawn (13 December 2003)

Operation Panther Backroads (15 December 2003)

Operation Ivy Blizzard (17 December 2003 – ?)

Operation Arrowhead Blizzard (17 December 2003 – ?)

Operation Iron Justice (18 December 2003 – ?)

Operation Rifles Fury (21 December 2003 – ?)

Operation Salm (23 December 2003)

Operation Devil Siphon (23 December 2003 – ?)

Operation Iron Grip (24 December 2003 – ?)

Operation Iron Force (24 December 2003 – ?)

Operation Choke Hold (30 December 2003)

Operation Warhorse Whirlwind (January 2004)

Operation Iron Resolve (January 2004)

Operation Market Sweep (13 January 2004)

Operation Saloon (14 January 2004)

Operation Rock Slide (15 January 2004)

Operation Final Cut (28 January 2004 – ?)

Operation Saber Turner II (February 2004)

Operation Tomahawk (February 2004)

Operation Trailblazer (February 2004)

Operation Eagle Liberty 3 (19 February 2004)

Operation Devil Clinch (21 February 2004)

Operation Rocketman (26 February 2004)

Operation Iron Promise (March 2004)

Operation Shillelagh (March 2004)

Operation Devil Thrust (March 2004)

Operation Aloha (March 2004)

Operation Centaur Rodeo (March 2004)

Operation Warrior (03 March 2004)

Operation Suicide Kings (17 March 2004)

Operation Tiger Fury (30 March 2004 – ?)

Operation Iron Saber (April 2004 – June 2004)

Operation Duke Fortitude (April 2004)

Operation Lancer Fury (April 2004)

Operation Lancer Lightning

Operation Vigilant Resolve (05 April 2004)

Operation Resolute Sword (08 April 2004)

Operation Danger Fortitude (11 April 2004 – 17 April 2004)

Operation Ripper Sweep (12 April 2004 – ?)

Operation Yellow Stone (23 April 2004)

Operation Rapier Thrust (May 2004)

Operation Spring Clean-up (May 2004)

Operation Striker Hurricane (1 May 2004)

Operation Wolfpack Crunch (4 May 2004)

Operation Disarm (19 May 2004)

Operation Giuliani (June 2004)

Operation Slim Shady (June 2004)

Operation Striker Tornado (June 2004)

Operation Rocketman III (June 2004)

Operation Dragon Victory (19 June 2004 – ?)

Operation Gimlet Crusader (24 June 2004)

Operation Gimlet Silent Sniper (July 2004)

Operation Outlaw Destroyer (July 2004)

Operation Haifa Street (July 2004)

Operation Mutual Security (02 July 2004 – ?)

Operation Tombstone Pile Driver (15 July 2004)

Operation Mayfield III (19 July 2004)

Operation Cobra Sweep (28 July 2004)

Operation Showdown (August 2004)

Operation Grizzly Forced Entry (August 2004)

Operation Warrior Resolve (August 2004)

Operation Quarterhorse Rides (August 2004)

Operation Phantom Linebacker (04 August 2004)

Operation Cajun Mousetrap II (05 August 2004 – ?)

Operation Cajun Mousetrap III (13 August 2004 – 15 August 2004)

Operation Iron Fury (17 August 2004 – ?)

Operation Iron Fury II

Operation Wolverine (19 August 2004)

Operation Clean Sweep (23-24 August 2004)

Operation True Grit (23-24 August 2004)

Operation Black Typhoon (09 September 2004 – ?)

Operation Hurricane (16 September 2004)

Operation Hurricane II (18 September 2004)

Operation Iron Fist 2 (23 September 2004 – ?)

Operation Longhorn (30 September 2004 – ?)

Operation Blue Tiger (October 2004)

Operation Baton Rouge (01 October 2004 – ?)

Operation Phantom Fury (05 October 2004 – ?)

Operation Bulldog (06 October 2004 – ?)

Operation Centaur Strike II (11 October 2004)

Operation Centaur Strike III (13 October 2004)

Operation Mandarin Squeeze (14 October 2004)

Operations in Fallujah (14 October 2004 – ?)

Operation Dallas (29 October 2004)

Operation al-Fajr (Dawn) / Phantom Fury [Fallujah] (8 November 2004 – ?)

Operation Plymouth Rock (23 November 2004 – ?)

Operation Tobruk [UK] (28 November 2004)

Operation Rock Bottom (24 November 2004 – ?)

Operation Falcon Freedom (5 December 2004)

Operation Soprano Sunset (6 December 2004)

Operation Wonderland (24 December 2004)

Operation Powder River (December 31, 2004-January 14, 2005)

Operation Triple Play (December 31, 2004 – January 2, 2005)

Operation Therapist (~January 9, 2005 – ?)

Operation Lanthonid (~January 9, 2005 – ?)

Operation Copperas Cove (January 12, 2005)

Operation Checkmate (January 19, 2005 – ?)

Operation River Blitz (February 20, 2005 – )

Operation Fontana (2-6 April 2005)

Operation Badlands (April 12, 2005 – ? )

Operation Forsyth Park (April 17, 2005 – ?)

Operation Cobweb [MND-CS] (May 6-10, 2005)

Operation Matador (May 7-14, 2005)

Operation Peninsula [MND-CS] (May 19-20, 2005)

Operation Squeeze Play (May 23(?), 2005 – ? )

Operation Hudson (?, 2005)

Operation New Market (Souk Jadeed) (May 25-29, 2005)

Operation Lightning (May 29, 2005 – ? )

Operation Moon River Dragon (May 29, 2005 )

Operation Spear (Rohme) (June 17, 2005 – June 22, 2005)

Operation Sword (Saif) (June 28, 2005 – July 6, 2005)

Operation Muthana Strike (July 4, 2005)

Operation Bow Country (July 5, 2005)

Operation Scimitar (Qmtia) (July 7, 2005 – ? )

Operation Warrior’s Rage (July 18, 2005)

Operation Thunder (July 2005 ?)

Operation Thunder Cat (July 26, 2005 – July 30, 2005)

Operation Hunter (Sayaid) (July 2005 ?)

Operation Iron Fist (Kabda Bil Hadid) (October 1, 2005 – October 6, 2005)

Operation Steel Curtain (Al Hajip Elfulathi) (November 5, 2005 – ?)

Operation Quick Strike (August 3, 2005 – ? )

Operation Able Warrior (August 4, 2005)

Operation Restoring Rights (August 26, 2005 – ?)

Operation Cyclone (Zoba’a) (September 11, 2005 – ?)

Operation Flea Flicker (September 14, 2005)

Operation National Unity (September 29, 2005 – ?)

Operation Mountaineers (October 2005)

Operation Carentan (October – December 2005)

Operation River Gate (October 4, 2005 – ?)

Operation Wolf Stalk 2 (November 2005)

Operation Open Window (November 2005)

Operation Knockout (November 2005)

Operation Clean Sweep (November 2005)

Operation Kennesaw Dragon (November 14, – November 15, 2005)

Operation Panthers (Numur) (November 16, – November 18, 2005)

Operation Bruins (Dibbah) (November 19, – November 2005)

Operation Lions (Asad) (November 22, November 24, 2005)

Operation Tigers (Nimur) (November 26, 2005 – ?)

Operation Iron Hammer (Matraqa Hadidia) (November 30 – December 3, 2005)

Operation Shank (Harba) (December 2 – December 3, 2005)

Operation Rams (Tallie) (December 4 – December 7, 2005)

Operation Able Rising Force (December 2005)

Operation Skinner (Gashshaar) (December 7 – December 10, 2005)

Operation Bull Dawg Chariot (December 8, 2005)

Operation Moonlight (Alkamra Almaner) (December 19 – December 21, 2005)

Operation Falcon Sweep (January 2006)

Operation Wadi Aljundi (Koa Canyon) (January 15 – January 27, 2006)

Operation Al Dharba Al Nihaa’ya (Final Strike) (January 29, 2006)

Operation Smokewagon (February 2 – February 5, 2006)

Operation Ala Allah (February 13, 2006)

Operation Minotaur (February 26, 2006)

Operation Dirty Harry (February 2006)

Operation Raging Bull (March 2006)

Operation Swamp Fox (March 2006)

Operation Scales of Justice (March 12 – ? 2006)

Operation Glory Light (March 2-9 2006)

Operation Swarmer (March 16 – March 22, 2006)

Operation Cowpens (March 19 – April 14, 2006)

Operation Northern Lights (March 22, 2006)

Operation Scorpion (March 24 – 26 2006)

Operation Red Light II (March 31, 2006)

Operation Cobra Strike (April 2006)

Operation Money Worth (April 2006)

Operation Sterling (April 2006)

Operation Bold Action (April 10, 2006)

Operation Swift Sword (April 26-29, 2006)

Operation Babil Perimeter (April 28, 2006)

Operation Lion’s Hunt (April 29 – ?, 2006)

Operation Lofty Summit (May 2006)

Operation Stallion Run (May 2006)

Operation Lightning Blitz (May 5-7, 2006)

Operation United Front (May 6, 2006)

Operation Cool Spring VIII (? – May 9, 2006)

Operation Iron Triangle (May 9-11, 2006)

Operation Dragon’s Breath (May 15, 2006)

Operation Chepultepec (May 24, 2006)

Operation Roaring Tiger (June 3, 2006)

Operation Forward Together (June 14 – ?, 2006)

Operation River Falcon (June 25-27, 2006)

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