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Release A050617h

Operation Romhe update

Multi-National Force-Iraq

CAMP BLUE DIAMOND, Iraq – Approximately 1,000 Marines and Sailors from Regimental Combat Team-2 , 2nd Marine Division and Iraqi Security Force Soldiers are battling terrorists in northwestern Al Anbar Province.

Operation Romhe (Spear) began in the early morning hours to root out anti-Iraqi forces and foreign terrorists, and disrupt their support systems in and around Karabilah.

On June 17, Marines destroyed a vehicle rigged with explosives with one round from an M1A1 Main Battle Tank . Later, another vehicle suspected of being laden with explosives was discovered and destroyed.

Throughout the day Iraqi Soldiers and Marines battled terrorists holed up in buildings within the city. Coalition aircraft using precision-guided munitions destroyed these targets. Only buildings occupied by terrorists firing on Marines and Iraqi Soldiers were bombed. Three buildings were confirmed destroyed.

Marines evacuated four civilian casualties injured in the day's fighting to a nearby military medical center for treatment. The civilians were wounded after terrorists seized their home and fired at Marines and Soldiers. There are no other reports of civilian casualties.

It is not known how many of the terrorists fighting in Karabilah are foreigners.

Elements from 1st Tank Battalion, 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion and 2nd and 4th Assault Amphibian Battalion are participating in the operation along with Coalition aircraft.

More information will be released as it becomes available.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION REGARDING THIS RELEASE, PLEASE CONTACT CAPT. JEFFREY S. POOL 2ND MARINE DIVISION PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER: POOLJS@GCEMNF-WIRAQ.USMC.MIL



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