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Release A051203f

Operation Iron Hammer enters final stages

Multi-National Force-Iraq

CAMP BLUE DIAMOND, Iraq —Operation Matraqa Hadidia (Iron Hammer) is in its final stages with the completion of construction of a long-term basing in the Hai al Becker region on the eastern side of the Euphrates River across from Hit and approximately 170 kilometers west of Baghdad.

Long-term Iraqi-U.S. security presence was established in Hit last summer as part of Operation Saif (Sword). Now the villages on the eastern side of the Euphrates River will benefit from the security and stability brought by Iraqi Army Soldiers and U.S. Forces.

Approximately 500 Iraqi Army Soldiers from 2nd Brigade, 7th Iraqi Army Division and 1,500 Marines and Sailors from the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit along with 500 Soldiers from 2nd Battalion -114th Field Artillery Regiment participated in Iron Hammer.

There were no Iraqi Army or U.S. Forces casualties during Operation Iron Hammer. No air strikes or use of lethal force occurred during the operation. There were no reports of civilian casualties or disruption of basic services, such as water and utilities.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT THE MULTI-NATIONAL FORCE-WEST PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE AT CEPAOWO@CEMNF-WIRAQ.USMC.MIL.



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