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Marines launch Operation Mawtini in western Al Anbar

Multi-National Force-Iraq

Tuesday, 17 July 2007
Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
APO AE 09342

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RELEASE No. 20070717-11
July 17, 2007

Marines launch Operation Mawtini in western Al Anbar
Multi National Force – West

Camp Ripper, Al Asad, Iraq – Regimental Combat Team 2, located in western Al Anbar province, launched Operation Mawtini July 15th to neutralize any future attempts by Anti-Iraqi Forces to re-establish a presence in key urban areas along the Euphrates River valley.

The operation, calls for over 9,000 U.S Marines, Soldiers, Sailors and Iraqi Army members to strike deep into the less-traveled regions of RCT-2’s operating area,

“We anticipate that the terrorists will attempt to step-up their attacks in the urban areas to regain power and influence over the population” said Col. Stacy Clardy, RCT-2 commander. “We‘re hunting them down to make sure that doesn’t happen.”

Operation Mawtini, which will include the Iraqi Army’s 2nd and 3rd brigades of the 7th division, begins on the heels of Operation Harris Ba’sil which provided a better picture of enemy movement patterns and safe havens. The information gained during Harris Ba’sil will allow the Regiment to conduct focused disruption and security operations in those areas critical to the enemy.

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