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Fallujah-Ramadi Nov. 5 Operations Update


Fallujah, Iraq
-- Iraqi Security Forces and the I Marine Expeditionary Force continue to degrade and disrupt anti-Iraqi forces in the Fallujah-Ramadi area. I Marine Expeditionary Force employed U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Air Force air power to deliver precision munitions to destroy preplanned targets in Fallujah.

Nov. 4, I Marine Expeditionary Force conducted coordinated offensive operations in and around the Fallujah-Ramadi area, destroying a command post, insurgent positions, fortified barriers and a weapons cache.

At 4:40 p.m., Nov. 4, a U.S. Air Force aircraft, supporting a U.S. Marine Corps element, destroyed two buildings being fortified by armed insurgents in the southeastern part of the city as part of a preplanned target.

At 8:25 p.m., Nov. 4, a U.S. Marine Corps aircraft, supporting a U.S. Marine Corps element, destroyed barriers used to fortify an area in the southeast part of the city. This strike was also preplanned.

At 8:55 p.m., Nov. 4, a U.S. Marine Corps aircraft, supporting a U.S. Marine Corps element, destroyed another preplanned target -- an IED-laden offensive position in the southeast part of the city. Secondary explosions were observed.

At 10:40 p.m., a U.S. Air Force aircraft, supporting a U.S. Marine Corps element, destroyed barricaded fighting positions in the northern part of the city as a preplanned target.

Then, at 1:10 a.m. Nov. 5, U.S. Marine Corps aircraft, supporting a U.S. Marine Corps element, used precision munitions to destroy a known weapons cache. It was a preplanned target.

Since Monday, Nov. 1, Multi-National Forces-West personnel have recovered and destroyed 129 mortars, 42 artillery shells, 38 Rocket-Propelled Grenades, 12 rockets, seven mines, 126 detonators, 350 electronic timers, 16 blasting caps, 14 grenades, three sticks of dynamite, eight AK-47s and more than a thousand rounds of ammunition.

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