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July 29, 2004
Release Number: 04-07-54

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

IRAQ SECURITY FORCES LEAD OPERATION NEAR AS SUWAYRAH

CAMP BABYLON, Iraq - Two hundred eighty Iraqi National Guard soldiers and Iraqi police officers in the Wassit Province led an operation Wednesday that resulted in 35 anti-Iraqi insurgents killed, 45 insurgents detained and more than 50 mortar and artillery rounds and other munitions captured.

Eight Iraqi security force members were killed and nine wounded in the operation that began at 7 a.m. north of As Suwayrah.

Multi-National Force-Iraq ground forces and aircraft provided support for the Iraqi Soldiers as they conducted a cordon and search of 30 buildings and received small-arms fire. They also supported them as they later engaged anti-Iraqi forces in an area north of the original search area.



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