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RCT-6 returns largest U.S. base in eastern Anbar to Iraq

Multi-National Force-Iraq

Friday, 04 September 2009

Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RELEASE No. 20090904-05
September 4, 2009

RCT-6 returns largest U.S. base in eastern Anbar to Iraq

Multi National Force – West

AL ANBAR PROVINCE, Iraq – Regimental Combat Team 6 returned Camp Baharia and nearby Combat Outpost Castillo to Iraqi control Sept. 2. Camp Baharia, near the once restive city of Fallujah, was the largest remaining U.S. base in Anbar east of Camp Ramadi.

“It has been an honor for my Marines and other Coalition forces to have supported the Iraqi Security Forces. This transfer of authority is a major example of the Iraqi Security Forces’ progress,” said Col. Matthew A. Lopez, commanding officer of RCT-6.

Iraqi officials will discuss whether to maintain a military presence on the base or to demilitarize the area and return it to its pre-war function as a tourism site.

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