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Operation Quick Strike

August 3, 2005 - ?

Operation Quick Strike began on August 3, 2005 with Iraqi Soldiers and Marines positioning their units.

The operation's objective was to interdict and disrupt the insurgents' and foreign insurgents' presence in the Haditha, Haqliniyah and Barwanah areas. The operation involved approximately 180 Iraqi Security Force Soldiers and 800 Marines from Regimental Combat Team-2, in addition to Iraqi Special Operations Forces based out of Baghdad. Coalition Forces had confirmed through gathered intelligence that terrorists were operating in these cities and surrounding areas.

On the morning of Aug. 5, Iraqi Special Operations Forces directed an air strike on insurgents hiding in buildings outside of Haqliniyah, approximately seven kilometers southwest of Haditha. Marine pilots attacked insurgent who were using these buildings to fire small-arms at the Iraqi forces.

During the operation, two adjacent buildings were destroyed following the discovery of wires running between the structures which were connected to numerous 155 mm artillery rounds scattered throughout both buildings. In addition, tanks also fired on a building in Haqliniyah used by opposing forces to engage coalition forces with small-arms and rocket-propelled-grenade fire.

On August 6, Iraqi Security Force Soldiers and Marines from Regimental Combat Team-2, discovered two weapons caches in caves outside of Haqliniyah. These small caves, near the Euphrates River bank, were discovered several hundred meters apart and were reportedly only large enough to hide a person and a small cache. The first cave was found at 9 am and contained a RPG launcher, medium machine gun, several assault rifles and bomb-making material. The second cave contained 155mm artillery rounds and a propane tank, commonly used for bomb construction.

On August 8, Iraqi Security Force soldiers and Marines from Regimental Combat Team-2 discovered a bomb in a building in Haqliniyah. Three 155 mm artillery rounds, weighing more than 100 pounds apiece, were wired to a desk inside the building. Marines determined that the explosives could not be removed safely from the building. The bomb was destroyed in place.

On August 9, 2005, Marines discovered a car bomb factory in northern Haqliniyah. There were six vehicles rigged with explosives in varying stages of completion. All of the rigged vehicles were destroyed and secondary explosions were observed by the Marines.