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Release A050619g

Operation Spear continues in Karabilah

Multi-National Force-Iraq

CAMP BLUE DIAMOND , Iraq – For a third day, Iraqi Security Forces and Marines, Sailors and Soldiers from Regimental Combat Team-2, 2nd Marine Division, continue Operation Spear in and around the city of Karabilah in Western Al Anbar province.

Four hostages rescued by Iraqi Security Force Soldiers and Marines June 18 are currently receiving medical attention for wounds caused by their captors. The rescued individuals reported they were tortured and held for three weeks. They said they were not interrogated by the insurgents or told why they were being held prisoner.

The building that held the hostages also contained a small basement which contained a weapons cache, consisting of automatic rifles and several machine guns, along with supplies of ammunition. The building was part of a compound containing a small school with bomb-making instructions on the classroom's blackboard. Training manuals and DVDs of insurgents beheading captives were also found in the compound.

Later, numerous small groups of terrorists, armed primarily with AK-47 assault rifles, continued to oppose the Iraqi Soldiers and Marines' movement to their selected targeted sites throughout the city.

A suicide truck bomber was killed when Marine tank crew fired a single round from the main gun at the vehicle.

Sudanese and Saudi Arabian terrorists have been confirmed among those killed.

Though severe dust storms are slowing the clearing of Iraqi Soldier and Marine objective areas, the operation will continue.

Additional information concerning the progress of Operation Spear will be provided as it becomes available.



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