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Operation Badlands

April 12, 2005 - ?

On April 12, 2005 Iraqi Security Forces along with the 1st Battalion of the 6th Marine Regiment moved into and secured the town of Saqlawiyah to serve as a base for Operation Badlands. They were supported by mechanized elements from Regimental Combat Team-8, arriving in assault amphibian vehicles and other armored transports.

According to Coalition Forces, Saqlawiyah represented a prime location outside of Fallujah which insurgents could utilize for launching new attacks. Its strategic location close to larger cities such as Ramadi and Mosul also made it valuable for transportation.

Marines from Company A, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment worked in conjunction with the ISF to conduct stability opperations. Their attempts to detect insurgent activity and locate weapons stores led to the apprehension of a number of insurgent supporters. The ISF provided language and cultural expertise which helped to identity suspicious behavior.

Company A, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment was ordered to remain entrenched while continuing to secure of the area and conduct routine patrols along with their ISF counterparts.

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