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American Forces Press Service

Coalition Raids Find Car Bombs; U.S. Marine Killed in Ramadi

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2005 Coalition raids conducted today in western Iraq produced two car bombs and four suspects, U.S. officials said.

In other news, an American Marine was killed Oct. 23 during combat operations in Ramadi.

The Husaybah- and Karabilah-area raids targeted buildings suspected of housing senior al Qaeda in Iraq terrorists and foreign fighters. The two car bombs were found outside the safe houses and were primed for use. They were destroyed.

The Marine, assigned to the 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), was killed in action by small-arms fire, officials said. The Marine's name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

U.S. and coalition aircraft flew 52 close-air-support and armed-reconnaissance sorties over Iraq on Oct. 23. These missions included aerial support for coalition ground troops, infrastructure protection, reconstruction activities and operations to deter and disrupt terrorist activities.

Coalition aircraft also assisted Iraqi and coalition ground forces' missions to create a secure environment for ongoing Transitional National Assembly meetings. Specifically, Air Force F-16 and F-15 and Navy F/A-18 fighter jets provided close-air support to coalition troops operating in the Hawijah, Mahmudiyah, Basrah and Fallujah areas. Also, nine U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft flew missions in support of operations in Iraq. And U.S. Air Force and British Royal Air Force fighter aircraft performed in a nontraditional ISR role with their electro-optical and infrared sensors.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq and U.S. Central Command Air Forces Forward news releases.)

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