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Release A050619a

Operation Spear update

Multi-National Force-Iraq

CAMP BLUE DIAMOND , Iraq – Coalition and Iraqi Forces from Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd Marine Division continue conducting Operation Spear (Rohme) in and around the city of Karabilah today.

U.S. Marines and Iraqi Soldiers continued combat operations throughout the day. An improvised explosive device factory was located while clearing buildings in the city June 18. The site contained cell phones, blasting caps and other various bomb-making materials. These materials are often used to construct roadside and car bombs.

Small weapons caches were also located in buildings. Weapons found included an improvised mortar system, sniper rifles and ammunition.

Later in the day, Marines and Iraqi Soldiers were fired upon by terrorists just outside a mosque. The terrorists fled into the mosque when Coalition forces returned fire. Three terrorists were killed as a result of the engagement.

Pilots from 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing (FWD), British Royal Air Force and U.S. Air Force attacked vehicles and terrorist-occupied buildings with laser-guided bombs and missiles in and around Karabilah in support of Iraqi Security Forces and Marines on the ground. Marine F/A 18 Hornets and AH-1W Super Cobra helicopters, British GR-4 Tornadoes along with Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons provided ISF and Marines close air support. Marine transport helicopters are also gave crucial troop lift and logistical support.

Iraqi Security Forces and Marines wore full combat equipment, to include 41- pound fragmentation vests with ballistic plates and Kevlar helmets, operating in temperatures reaching 106 Fahrenheit in Karabilah.

Additional information concerning the progress of Operation Spear will be provided 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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