May 10, 2005
Release Number: 05-05-11
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARINE COMBAT OPERATIONS IN AL ANBAR PROVINCE
CAMP BLUE DIAMOND, Iraq – Marines, Sailors and Soldiers from Regimental Combat Team-2, 2nd Marine Division, are continuing combat operations in northwestern Al Anbar province.
The offensive is aimed at eliminating terrorist and foreign fighters from the area. The region, a known smuggling route and sanctuary for foreign fighters, is also used as a staging area where foreign fighters receive weapons and equipment for their attacks in the more populated key cities of Baghdad, Ramadi, Fallujah and Mosul.
Soldiers from the Army's 814th Multi-Role Bridge Company constructed a pontoon bridge across the Euphrates River where intelligence reports indicate the enemy is located 9 May. Marines crossed over from the southern banks to the north and are now operating in the northern Jazirah Desert and are in pursuit of the enemy.
Terrorists attempted to launch a counter-attack seven kilometers from Camp Gannon, in Al Qaim May 9. Terrorists attacked a Marine convoy with small arms fire, RPGs, roadside bombs and two suicide car bombers. One car bomb damaged an armored humvee. The second suicide car bomber was destroyed by a Marine M1A1 Abrams Main Battle Tank. No Marines were killed in the attack. The two car bombers died in the engagement.
Ten terrorists, who surrendered to the Marines, are at a nearby detention center.
Coalition and Marine Corps aircraft are participating in the operation.
More information will be released as it becomes available.
For additional information regarding this release, contact the II MEF public affairs office via email at CEPAOWO@cemnf-wiraq.usmc.mil