Operation River Gate secures cities in election preparation
CAMP BLUE DIAMOND, AR RAMADI, Iraq - Iraqi security forces and Marines, Soldiers and Sailors from Regimental Combat Team – 2 continue Operation Bawwabatu Annaher (River Gate) in the cities of Haditha, Haqlaniyah and Barwana.
These cities join the growing number of cities in the al Anbar province, to include Fallujah, Ramadi, Hit, Amiriyah and Ferris, that have a joint Coalition and Iraqi security force presence.
Coalition and Iraqi security forces are now focusing on security operations, building forward operating bases and establishing a persistent presence in the area.
Operation River Gate is setting conditions for secure voting throughout Al Anbar in the upcoming referendum.
Since the operation began Oct. 4, 119 improvised explosive devices and mines have been identified and disarmed, two vehicle car bombs have been found and 14 weapons caches were discovered. Approximately 160 men suspected of insurgent activity are being detained.
More information will be released as it becomes available.
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT THE 2D MARINE DIVISION PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER AT POOLJS@GCEMNF-WIRAQ.USMC.MIL.
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