United States Marine Corps
2nd Marine Division;
Capt. Jeffrey S. Pool
Release # 1007-05-1325
Operation Iron Fist concluded
Oct 7, 2005
CAMP BLUE DIAMOND, AR RAMADI, Iraq -- Approximately 1,000 Marines, Soldiers and Sailors assigned to Regimental Combat Team -2 concluded Operation Kabda Bil Hadid (Iron Fist) in the Al Qa’im region of Western Al Anbar late yesterday.
The goal of the six-day operation was to root out Al Qaeda in Iraq terrorists and to disrupt insurgent support systems in and around the city of Sa’dah, located 12 miles east of the Syrian border on the southern bank of the Euphrates River.
Coalition Forces have established new outposts in Sa’dah in order to maintain a presence in the area. These positions will sustain ongoing operations to defeat the flow of Al Qaeda in Iraq terrorists from Syria along the Euphrates River Valley.
The operation resulted in more than 50 Al Qaeda in Iraq terrorists killed.
The Marines have gone to great lengths to protect the civilian population from these terrorists and minimize civilian casualties and collateral damage.
The offensive was part of the larger Operation Sayaid (Hunter), aimed at denying Al Qaeda in Iraq the ability to operate in the Euphrates River Valley and at preventing the terrorists from continuing their campaign of murder and intimidation against the local population.
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