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September 16, 2004
Release Number: 04-09-51


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


MNF-I CONDUCTS SUCCESSFUL STRIKE

BAGHDAD-Multi-National Forces - Iraq conducted a successful precision strike today on a confirmed Abu Musab Zarqawi terrorist meeting site. The meeting site was a compound surrounded by fields in the vicinity of the town of Qaryat ar Rufush. The strike occurred at approximately 9:45 p.m., local Baghdad time.

Sources reported that approximately ninety foreign fighters were at the compound to plan attacks against the Iraqi people, Iraqi Security forces and Multi-National Forces.

The successful strike destroyed three buildings located at the terrorist compound. Those foreign fighters who escaped the initial strike fled into the town of Qaryat ar Rufush, endangering the safety of local civilians. Multi-national Forces discontinued the engagement of those terrorists in order to protect the civilian populace and minimize collateral damage to the town of Qaryat ar Rufush.

The number of foreign fighters killed during the strike is estimated at approximately sixty.

The success of this strike supports the continuing efforts of the Iraqi Government to rid the country of foreign fighters and terrorists while protecting the Iraqi citizens.

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