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Operation River Blitz

February 20, 2005 -

On February 20, 2005, Iraqi Security Forces and U.S. forces from the 1st Marine Division of the I Marine Expeditionary Force launched Operation River Blitz.

The operation which includes a 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew as well as other measures to enhance security in and around Ramadi was, according to CENTCOM designed to target "criminals and terrorists, who have attempted to destabilize the Al Anbar Province by terrorizing the populace through wanton acts of violence and intimidation."

According to the commanding officer of 1st MARDIV, I MEF, the request for an increase in security operations in Ramadi "to locate, isolate and defeat anti-Iraqi forces and terrorists" had orginated from the Iraqi government.

The security measures in and around the provincial capital were designed to control access into the city with access control points leading into the city set up to screen vehicles for terrorists and criminals as well as weapons, munitions and materials to produce improvised-explosive devices.

In conjunction with implementing the security measures in Ramadi, increased security operations also began in several cities along the Euphrates River, including the cities of Hit, Baghdadi and Hadithah.



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