July 7, 2005- ?
Operation Scimitar, Qmtia in Arabic, involved approximately 100 Iraqi Security Force soldiers and 500 Marines from the 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, Regimental Combat Team-8, 2nd Marine Division.
The operation began July 7th in Zaidon, 30 km southeast of Fallujah and came on the heels of Marine Operations in Al Anbar, notably Operation Spear and Operation Sword. The operation was aimed at denying anti-Iraqi sanctuary for planning, training and storing ammunition.
At least 22 suspects were detained during targeted raid operations, while a number of weapons caches were found which contained mines, bomb making material, rockets and assault rifles.