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BAGHDAD — After a month of combat in Diwaniyah, Iraq, troops from the 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment are back in Baghdad and patrolling the city’s once-notorious Haifa Street area.

The unit, attached to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, is adjusting to the change in mission and terrain, officials said.

“It’s definitely a more challenging battlefield,” Capt. Gerald Resmondo, Troop A commander, said of Haifa Street in a news release. “It’s probably the most challenging battle space or area of operations that we’ve operated in just because of all the built-up and high-rise buildings.”

“For the Strykers, the routes in and out of the area are very limited,” he said. “There are only so many roads, and we’re doing dismounted operations as well. It’s a little bit more challenging, even though it’s a smaller area than we’re used to working. It’s got a lot more obstacles.”

As part of the familiarization process, the units are gathering information on mosques, schools and apartment buildings, officials said.

One of the first missions was on Tuesday, when “Apocalypse Troop” conducted a “clearing operation” and took a census of local residents. The census included taking fingerprints, retinal scans and photographs of area residents, officials said.

“We’re going to report it up to squadron and put it into a book for our area — basically like a phone book,” Staff Sgt. Jason Jones said. The biggest complaint heard during the census was a continuing lack of electricity.

“They only have about one hour of electricity a day in the whole (area), and it’s usually early in the morning, which causes more problems such as being able to get water, because electricity controls the pumps that pump the water into their storage tanks,” Resmondo said.

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