251,258 Pages

Question book-new

This article does not contain any citations or references. Please improve this article by adding a reference. For information about how to add references, see Template:Citation.

Operation Bayonet Lightning
Part of Iraq War
Operation Bayonet Lightning (1)
United States Army soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, pull security on the streets of Al Hawijah, Iraq, during Operation Bayonet Lighting.
Date 2 December 2003
Location Al Hawijah, Iraq
Result Capture of suspected anti-coalition forces and weapons caches.
United States
Flag of Iraq (1991–2004).svg Iraq
Iraq Iraqi insurgency
1,200 soldiers Unknown
Casualties and losses
Unknown Unknown

Operation Bayonet Lightning was a military operation during the early stages of the Iraq War, that was held to capture weapons, materials, and people that posed a threat against coalition forces. The joint operation between Iraq and the United States, lasted approximately 16 hours, and was conducted on 2 December 2003. 1,200 soldiers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade, the 4th Infantry Division, and Iraqi military participated. Operation Bayonet Lightning was concentrated on Al Hawija, Iraq, and the village of Rashad, Iraq, sixty kilometers, or thirty-seven miles, to the south of Kirkuk, Iraq.


During Operation Bayonet Lightning, coalition forces located and confiscated sixty-two AK-47 assault rifles, two hundred rounds of AK-47 ammunition, one rocket propelled grenade launcher and two improvised explosive device-making kits.

Twenty six individuals were captured, including three targeted individuals, Saad Mohammed ad-Douri, the private secretary of Izzat Ibrahim ad-Douri, and Hamid Saad, a senior official of Saddam Hussein's former ruling Ba'ath Party in charge of youth and student affairs, and a former general of the disbanded Iraqi Army.

Operation Bayonet Lightning followed Operation Rifles Blitz and was followed by Operation Bulldog Mammoth.

Iraq War-related articlesEdit

Iraq-related articlesEdit

Terrorism and insurgency-related articlesEdit

Casualties-related articlesEdit

External linksEdit

This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia (view authors).
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.