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CENTCOM NEWS RELEASE
HEADQUARTERS UNITED STATES CENTRAL COMMAND
7115 South Boundary Boulevard
MacDill AFB, Fla. 33621-5101
Phone: (813) 827-5894; FAX: (813) 827-2211; DSN 651-5894

May 14, 2005
Release Number: 05-05-20C

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


FOUR MARINES KILLED MAY 11

CAMP BLUE DIAMOND, Iraq – Four more Marines were declared killed in action May 13 as Marines, Sailors and Soldiers from Regimental Combat Team-2, 2nd Marine Division, continue combat operations in northwestern Al Anbar province.

The assault amphibian in which the four Marines had been riding struck an explosive device during Operation Matador near Karabilah May 11.

These four are in addition to the two Marines announced in a press release May 12.

Nine Marines have been killed during the operation.

Marines conducted several air strikes on specific targets May 12. One target was a terrorist safe house where terrorists were hiding. After receiving mortar fire on their position near the town of Karabilah, Marines followed their attackers to the house. When the building was destroyed, secondary explosions were observed, indicating the presence of weapons and munitions.

A second air strike was conducted against terrorists conducting a vehicle checkpoint east of Husaybah. They were stopping vehicles in both directions and questioning occupants. The purpose of the checkpoint is unknown.

Operations aimed at eliminating terrorists and foreign fighters in the area began on May 7. The operation focused near the Euphrates north and west of Al Qa’im with no combat missions conducted in the city of Al Qa’im.

Marines based in Al Qa’im continue to observe fierce clashes between rival groups within the city. Mortar and rocket fire along with machine gun and small arms fire is routine between the insurgents.

FOR ADDITIONAAL INFORMATION CONCERNING THIS RELEASE, CONTAC 2ND MARINE DIVISION PUBLIC AFFAIRS AT: PoolJS@gcemnf-wiraq.usmc.mil


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