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Release A051007a

Operation Iron Fist Update

Multi-National Force-Iraq

BAGHDAD, Iraq – Approximately 1,000 U.S. Marines, Soldiers and Sailors completed their sixth day of Operation Kabda Bil Hadid, or Iron Fist in English, in Western Al Anbar on Oct. 6.

The force, assigned to Regimental Combat Team -2, is operating in the Al Qaim region near the village of Sadah on the southern banks of the Euphrates River. Sadah is approximately 12 km from the Syrian border and near Karabilah and Husaybah.

During the afternoon of Oct. 5 in Karabilah, a section of M1-A1 Abrams tanks supported Marine infantry who were under small-arms attack. The tanks engaged and killed two of the insurgents.

Marines also engaged insurgents with small-arms fire east of Karabilah on the same afternoon. The insurgents were firing on the Marines from fighting positions in three buildings. Aviation assets destroyed the buildings killing seven enemy gunmen.

The offensive is part of an overall operation called Sayaid, or Hunter in English, which aims to deny al Qaeda in Iraq terrorists the ability to operate freely in the Euphrates River Valley and to prevent the terrorists from influencing the local population through murder and intimidation.

In other action, Coalition aircraft dropped four precision-guided bombs onto an abandoned hotel commandeered by al Qaeda in Iraq terrorists the night of Oct. 5 in Husaybah. The 3-story building was being used for staging attacks and storing weapons. Twenty terrorists have been confirmed killed in the strike. The manner in which the strike was conducted minimized collateral damage.

More information will be released as it becomes available.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT THE 2D MARINE DIVISION PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER AT

POOLJS@GCEMNF-WIRAQ.USMC.MIL.



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