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Marine unit extended in Iraq

Multi-National Force-Iraq

Saturday, 10 February 2007
Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
APO AE 09342

RELEASE No. 20070210-11
Feb. 10, 2007

Marine unit extended in Iraq
Multi-National Force – West PAO

CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq – The Camp Pendleton, Calif.-based 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) will have their deployment extended in Al Anbar Province, Iraq, in support of Multi-National Force-West.

15th MEU (SOC) forces began arriving in Iraq Nov. 11, 2006 and are currently headquartered in the vicinity of Rutbah in western Al Anbar. The 15th MEU (SOC) continues to conduct counter-insurgency operations, support the introduction of new police forces and ensure the freedom of movement for legitimate commerce along the major routes that link Jordan and Syria to Baghdad and the rest of Iraq.

The Marines and sailors of the 15th MEU (SOC), commanded by Col. Brian Beaudreault, and their families have been notified of the extension.

“Though it is always regrettable for the families to learn of a later than planned return of their Marines and Sailors, the extension of the MEU is vital to maintaining the significant forward progress that is being made throughout the province,” Beaudreault said.

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