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Operations continue in Haditha

CAMP BLUE DIAMOND, Iraq -- Marines and Sailors from Regimental Combat Team –2 and members of the Iraqi Security Forces continues operations in and around the city of Haditha May 26.

Marines from 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines and Iraqi Forces continue to spearhead Operation New Market (Souk Jadeed), successfully disrupting terrorist activity in the vicinity of Haditha. The purpose of this mission is to maintain pressure on terrorists that began with Operation Matador, conducted in Western Iraq May 7-14.

“The operation is successful to this point," said Col. Stephen Davis, commanding officer of Regimental Combat Team-2. "We were able to achieve what we believe is total surprise, and we continue to do our series of coordinated searches for insurgents and for caches of munitions and weapons."

Five men, with possible information on terrorist activity in the area, have been detained for questioning.

Approximately 120 kilometers away, in the city of Ubaydi , Multi-National Forces rescued a local Iraqi man yesterday morning during a raid on a suspected terrorist safe-house.

The construction worker, recently employed to build an animal hospital, was found blindfolded and beaten in a house. The house also contained various IED making materials and communication devices. He explained to his rescuers that while driving to pick up medication for his young child, terrorists kidnapped him from his vehicle; and while being held hostage, terrorists repeatedly beat and whipped on his exposed back, legs and arms.

Coalition forces are treating his wounds and will return him to his home once his wounds have received proper medical attention. After analyzing his wounds, doctors believe he was held for nearly three days.

Terrorist presence and activity have recently increased in the area. During the last three months, since the arrival of coalition and ISF, 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.

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Haditha , Iraq -- An Iraqi Soldier patrols through the city here during Operation New Market. The operation is being conducted to disrupt terrorist activity and continue to place pressure on terrorists in the vicinity of Haditha. (USMC photo by Cpl. Neil A. Sevelius)

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Haditha , Iraq -- A Marine with 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment provides security for Marines and ISF Soldiers as they clear and search buildings here during Operation New Market. The operation is being conducted to disrupt terrorist activity and continue to place pressure on terrorists in the vicinity of Haditha. (USMC photo by Cpl. Neil A. Sevelius)

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Haditha , Iraq -- Marines with 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment provides security for Marines and ISF Soldiers as they clear and search buildings here during Operation New Market. The operation is being conducted to disrupt terrorist activity and continue to place pressure on terrorusts in the vicinity of Haditha. (USMC photo by Cpl. Neil A. Sevelius)

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Haditha , Iraq -- A Marine with 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment provides security from a buildings balcony while Marines and ISF Soldiers clear and search buildings here during Operation New Market. The operation is being conducted to disrupt terrorist activity and continue to place pressure on terrorists in the vicinity of Haditha. (USMC photo by Cpl. Neil A. Sevelius)

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT CAPT JEFFREY S. POOL, PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER AT PoolJS@gcemnf-wiraq.usmc.mil

 



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