May 9, 2005
Release Number: 05-05-09
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARINE TEAM BEGINS COMBAT OPERATION IN AL ANBAR
CAMP BLUE DIAMOND, Iraq – Marines, Sailors and Soldiers from Regimental Combat Team-2, 2nd Marine Division are conducting combat operations in northwestern Al Anbar province.
The offensive is aimed at eliminating terrorists and foreign fighters from the area. The operation is currently on the area north of the Euphrates River, in the Al Jazirah Desert. The region is a known smuggling route and sanctuary for foreign fighters.
Initial reports indicate a significant number of terrorists have been killed in the first 24 hours of the operational. Some foreign fighters are believed to be among the terrorists killed.
Coalition and Marine Corps aircraft are participating in the operation.
More information will be released as it becomes available.