Operation Purple Haze

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Operation Purple Haze
Part of Iraq War
Date 15 July 2007
Location Baghdad, Iraq
Result Successful Iraqi and American raid
United States United States Army
Flag of Iraq.svg New Iraqi Army
Iraqi insurgency
Commanders and leaders
Flag of Iraq.svg Abboud Qanbar
United States David Petraeus
Unknown Unknown
Casualties and losses
None Two caches of homemade explosives detained

Baghdad Soldiers, working together with Iraqi Army troops, discovered two caches totaling approximately 700 lbs. of homemade explosives in the early morning hours of 15 July 2007 in Operation Purple Haze.

Operation Details

The 3rd Battalion, 5th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division and Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment made the cache finds during Operation Purple Haze, part of an ongoing effort to establish security in the western Baghdad Jamiya’a neighborhood.

The homemade explosives, 14 50-lb. bags, were found in an abandoned house along with ball bearings and detonation cord. An explosive ordnance disposal unit conducted a controlled detonation of the one bag of homemade explosives at the site of the discovery. The bag was torn and the explosives were leaking, making the bag unsafe for transportation. All other items in the cache were removed from the house prior to demolition.

In a separate raid during the same operation, a smaller cache of munitions and weapons was discovered. Two machine guns, one AK-47 assault rifle and a variety of knives, grenades and other small explosives were uncovered in a second abandoned home in the neighborhood.

Participating Units

American Units

  • 1st Battalion, 64th Armor Regiment

Iraqi Units

See also

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