ODA Raids Golden Mosque With Iraqi Special Forces

first published on September 11, 2015 by

I know this Golden Mosque raid footage is a million years old, but this is honestly the first time I’ve seen it this complete and not dubbed over by a terrible song. I’m sure there are others out there who haven’t seen it as well, and it’s just too good not to share.

According to a Wiki Leaks cable that surfaced in 2010, the raid took place on October 1, 2004 as part of the Battle for Samarra, also known as Operation Baton Rouge. The 36th Iraqi Commando Battalion, led by US special forces troops, breached the compound after an AH64 Apache killed a three-man RPG team in the mosque with Hellfire missiles.

Once inside the mosque, the elite troops came under small arms fire from more than two dozen armed insurgents. A US regular Army sniper from 1-14 Infantry, pulling cordon counter sniper operations, engaged and killed another armed insurgent.

The Iraqi and US commandos ended up capturing 26 enemy fighters in the Golden Mosque. One US service member, possibly Army Sgt. Michael A. Uvanni, of the National Guard’s 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry Regiment, was killed during the operation as well.

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