May 26, 2005
Operation New Market continues in Al Anbar Province
CAMP BLUE DIAMOND , Iraq – Marines and Sailors from Regimental Combat Team –2 and members of the Iraqi Security Forces continue Operation New Market in and around the city of Haditha .
Terrorists attacked Marines and ISF forces May 25 with small arms fire at 4 a.m. in central Haditha. Six terrorists were killed in the battle and two Marines were wounded. Local citizens identified one of the attackers killed as an imam. The imam was firing on Marines and ISF with an AK-47 assault rifle.
During separate engagements throughout the area four more terrorists were killed. Marines and ISF searched targeted areas, buildings and businesses in an effort to locate terrorists, weapons and ammunition caches. Checkpoints have been established around the city to interdict terrorists leaving the city.
One weapons cache consisting of a RPG launcher, machinegun and ammunition was discovered buried in a palm grove north of the city.
Neither Marines nor Iraqi Security Forces have entered or damaged any mosques in the course of the operation.
Terrorist presence and activity has recently increased in the area. Over the course of the three months of the Marines' presence, numerous roadside bombs have been discovered in the vicinity of Haditha and numerous indirect fire attacks have been launched against Coalition forces assigned to protect the Haditha area.
Approximately 1,000 Coalition and Iraqi Security Forces are participating in Operation New Market.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT THE II MARINE EXPEDITIONARY FORCE (FORWARD) PUBLIC AFFAIRS WATCH OFFICER AT CEPAOWO@CEMNF-WIRAQ.USMC.MIL
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