Operation New Market ends in Haditha
CAMP BLUE DIAMOND, Iraq – Coalition troops from Regimental Combat Team-2 and Iraqi Security Forces and completed Operation New Market May 29. The operation was initiated in the early morning hours of May 25 and focused on disrupting insurgent activity in the Iraqi town of Haditha and the surrounding area. Approximately 1,000 Iraqi and Coalition troops participated in the operation.
New Market was launched in response to increased anti-Iraqi activity observed during the weeks preceding the operation. Coalition and ISF troops had discovered a higher-than-normal frequency of roadside bombs and noticed terrorists using outlying areas of Haditha to launch mortar attacks against Iraqi citizens, coalition forces, and utility infrastructure.
Earlier this month, violence peaked when terrorists detonated a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device next to the Haditha Hospital. In the aftermath of the ensuing firefight, Coalition forces discovered that terrorists had physically taken over portions of the hospital and constructed bunkered fighting positions. The terrorists caused major structural damage to the hospital, placing significant strain on health care in the Haditha region.
Over the course of Operation New Market, a significant number of terrorists were killed, and dozens are being held and questioned. Iraqi and coalition forces also seized numerous weapons caches and munitions, including assault rifles, machine guns, rocket propelled grenades and a buried cache consisting of over three hundred 82mm high-explosive mortar projectiles.
Coalition casualties were said to be light.
FOR MORE INFORMATIONON THIS RELEASE, CONTACT CAPT. JEFFREY S. POOL, II MEF PUBLIC AFFAIRS WATCH OFFICER, AT POOLJS@GCEMNF-WIRAQ.USMC.MIL.
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