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Operation Marne Torch

June 15-?, 2007

Marne Torch was an offensive operation that was responsible for securing Arab Jabour under the larger core Operation Phantom Thunder.

The operation had three main objectives. The first one was to block accelerants of violence into Baghdad. The military claimed that as goes Baghdad, goes the rest of Iraq. The second task was to secure the population, so that they can go to work and school and not have to worry about attacks.The third task of the mission was to defeat sectarian violence.

Marne Torch was to be exicuted in three phases. Phase one of the operation began May 15, 2007, and focused on intelligence gathering and shaping the conditions for offensive operations. Towards the end of phase one the military used the time to do detailed operations, offensive operations, and to confirm or deny intelligence.

Phase two began on June 15, 2007 with ground forces moving into Arab Jabour. They created blocking positions all around Arab Jabor to contain the extremists and not allow them to escape the area.Phase two is ment to capture the enemies and to secure the area.Phase three is to maintain the reduction in violence and to maintain security for the Iraqi people

The aircraft supported approximately 1,200 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division Soldiers who are focused on the security belts surrounding Baghdad. 2nd Brigade Soldiers have the mission of defeating insurgent activity, denying the enemy sanctuary and preventing terrorist elements from moving accelerants from the Arab Jabour area into Baghdad. The brigade's efforts in Arab Jabour are part of the larger operation recently announced by Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates and Gen. David Petraeus, Multi-National-Force commander.

More than 2,500 Coalition and Iraqi army forces are participating in Marne Torch. Members of 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, continue to clear the area north of the Arab Jabour area and restrict movement of insurgents and bomb-making material into the area.

As of June 24, 2007, Over 130 enemies have been arrested and twenty five of them are considered high value targets by the military.Four American Solders have been killed and twenty six have been seriously wounded.Nine Iraqi army solders have been killed as well, as well as having twenty two seriously injured.

Coalition forces conduct around 200 patrols per day in Arab Jabour and many of them are combined patrols

Marne Torch is named for the historical British-American invasion of French North Africa in World War II that took place in 1942. Soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division fought alongside its British comrades, and at a modest cost, gave the Allies substantial beachheads in North Africa.