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Operation Ivy Blizzard

Operation Ivy Blizzard, occuring on December 17, 2003, during the 2003 invasion of Iraq was a counterinsurgent sweep of the Iraqi town of Samarra (part of the Sunni Triangle). The operation involved elements of the American Fourth 'Ivy' Infantry Division and began before dawn, lasting to about mid-morning. The raids during the operation resulted in many arrests of believed guerrilla fighters and possible terrorists.

Ivy Blizzard was launched just days after Operation Red Dawn, which resulted in the capture of Saddam Hussein. Information that led to Operation Ivy Blizzard may have been obtained from Saddam.

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