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Release A050629ab

Operation Sword update

Multi-National Force-Iraq

CAMP BLUE DIAMOND, AR RAMADI, Iraq -- Iraq Security Forces and approximately 1,000 Marines, Sailors and Soldiers from Regimental Combat Team-2 , comprised of elements of 2nd Marine Regiment and 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the 2nd Marine Division began conducting security operations in the Al Anbar province.

Operation Saif ( Sword) began early June 28 to clear the area along the Euphrates River between the cities of Haditha and Hit of terrorists and foreign fighters.

The 1st Company of the 2nd Battalion, 4th Brigade, 1st Division, comprised of approximately 100 Iraqi soldiers, is fully integrated with Marine and Army units in Operation Saif. The company has attached its platoons to Marine and U.S. Army infantry companies.

The majority of the units are conducting cordon and knock operations in and around Hit (population 120,000) approximately 100 miles northwest of Baghdad . Several men were detained for questioning in connection to large weapons cache sites discovered by ISF, Marines and Soldiers throughout the city.

No major battles or air strikes have occurred during the course of the day's operations. Basic utilities have not been disrupted nor has access to medical treatment for the citizens of Hit.

Operations to rid the city of terrorists and foreign fighters who intimidate the populace continue.

More information on the operation will be released as it becomes available.


This information is provided by the 2nd Marine Division, Camp Blue Diamond, Iraq . For more information on this release, contact Marine Capt. Jeffrey S. Pool at


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