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Iraqi National Guard repels insurgents 31st MEU raids net 27 detainees

Camp Korean Village, Iraq
- An insurgent attempting to emplace an improvised explosive device near a school in Ar Rutbah wound up being the victim Monday.

Members of the Iraqi National Guard witnessed an insurgent emplacing an improvised explosive device and engaged with small arms fire causing the insurgent to prematurely detonate the improvised explosive device, which instantly killed him.

Insurgents in a white Toyota pickup truck approached and engaged the ING personnel with small arms fire after the improvised explosive device detonated. The ING personnel repelled their attack.

The capabilities of the Iraqi National Guard are growing steadily as they continue to independently operate to provide peace and stability to the citizens of Iraq.

On Sunday, elements of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit conducted limited-scale raids in western Al Anbar Province that netted 27 individuals associated with smuggling and ties to the insurgency. The series of carefully planned raids, with integrated air support and light armored reconnaissance vehicles, targeted known smuggling and insurgent training sites southwest of Ar Rutbah detaining the individuals and uncovering a small weapons cache.

The 31st MEU continues to enhance security and stability in the Al Anbar Province in advance of the upcoming Iraqi elections.

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