|OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM
The 2nd Battalion of the U.S. 5th Special Forces Group (part of the Green
Berets) conducted reconnaissance in the cities of Basra, Karbala and various
In the North 10th SFG had the mission of aiding the Kurdish parties, the
Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and the Kurdistan Democratic Party, de facto rulers
of Iraqi Kurdistan since 1991. Turkey had officially forbidden any US troops
from using their bases, so lead elements of the 10th had to make certain
detours; their journey was supposed to take four hours but instead it took ten.
However, Turkey did allow the use of its air space and so the rest of the 10th
flew in. The mission was to destroy the bases of the Kurdish Islamist group
Ansar al-Islam, believed to be linked to Al Qaida.
The target was Sargat and after heavy fighting with both groups the Special
Forces finally took Sargat and pushed the remaining units out of Northern Iraq.
After Sargat was taken, Bravo Company along with their Kurdish allies pushed
south towards Tikrit and the surrounding towns of Northern Iraq. During the
Battle of the Green Line, Bravo Company with their Kurdish allies pushed back,
destroyed, or routed 13th Iraqi Infantry Division. Bravo took Tikrit. Iraq was the
largest deployment of Special Forces since Vietnam.