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Release A050528d

Update on operations in Haditha

Multi-National Force-Iraq

CAMP BLUE DIAMOND , Iraq –Iraqi Security Forces, Marines and Sailors from Regimental Combat Team – 2 continue to operate in and around the city of Haditha today.

Marines from 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines and Iraqi Forces continue to rout out terrorists as part of Operation New Market (Souk Jadeed), successfully disrupting terrorists 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.

Since launching the offensive operation on May 24, Marines and Iraqi soldiers have killed 14 terrorists and detained more than 30 men suspected of conducting terrorist activity in the area.

While conducting patrols through the city, Marines discovered four machine guns stowed in a neighborhood school. Marines and Iraqi Soldiers also discovered numerous weapons caches in and around the city consisting of 313 mortar rounds, two 155mm artillery rounds, five machine guns and rocket propelled grenade launchers and ammunition.

No essential civilian services are being disrupted as a result of the operation. Water and power have not been affected; however, hospital services for the region are still degraded due to a suicide car bomb attack by terrorists and foreign fighters on the Haditha Hospital on May 8.

Thursday night, Marines conducted a precision air strike against terrorists who were firing on coalition forces from a building they'd occupied. One laser-guided bomb was dropped on the building, leveling it to rubble and killing the terrorists inside.

Also in western Al Anbar, Marines and ISF returned the Iraqi man who was taken hostage and tortured by foreign fighters in a terrorist safe house in Ubaydi. The man, who asked not be identified for his own safety, was severely beaten by his abductors. Before being returned to his family, military doctors treated his wounds.

ISF and coalition forces are continually striving to end the campaign of intimidation waged by the terrorists against the citizens of Al Anbar.



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