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Release A0506012a

Air Strikes outside of Karabilah

Multi-National Force-Iraq

CAMP BLUE DIAMOND, Iraq -- Marines assigned to Regimental Combat Team-2 engaged a terrorist force in western Al Anbar Province, June 11.

Marine Infantry supported by Coalition and Marine Corps aircraft engaged several large groups of terrorists armed with AK-47 assault rifles, medium machine guns and RPGs while conducting operations on the outskirts of Karabilah. The terrorists were stopping vehicles at gunpoint and threatening Iraqi civilians attempting to travel through their checkpoint.

The terrorists set up a barricade on a main road to the city and were threatening Iraqi civilians.

The seven precision-guided air strikes began at 11:40 a.m., and are estimated to have killed approximately 40 terrorists. There have been no Marine casualties.

The Coalition aircraft, fighter jets and attack helicopters from the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward) attacked the terrorist compound and surrounding area targeting the armed men.

There are no reports of civilian casualties or collateral damage.

The air strikes ended at 4 p.m. once all the targets were destroyed.

It is not known if there were any foreign fighters within terrorists' compound.

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FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CONCERNING THIS RELEASE CONTACT II MARINE EXPEDITIONARY FORCE PUBLIC AFFAIRS. CEPAOWO@cemnf-wiraq.usmc.mil or PoolJS@gcemnf-wiraq.usmc.mil



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