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Operation Shank

December 2 - December 3, 2005

On December 2, 2005, about 200 Iraqi soldiers from 1st Brigade, 7th Division, and 300 U.S. Marines from 3rd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, assigned to the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, launched Operation Shank in Ramadi, Iraq.

Shank was the fifth in a series of operations by the Iraqi army and coalition forces conducting combined clearing operations to disrupt the insurgency and set the conditions for the Dec. 15, 2005 elections in the Anbar provincial capital of Ramadi. Other operations included: Panthers, Bruins, Lions and Tigers.

The operation's purpose was apparently to disrupt a suspected terrorist group that uses an area of Ramadi as its base for attacks on Iraqi and U.S. military forces, as well as local citizens.

From Nov. 16, 2005, Iraqi and U.S. forces' actions have resulted in numerous suspected terrorists killed or detained. Among them were Imad Salih Al-Fahdawi, a known terrorist involved in attacks against government officials and imams, and Khamis Manfi Hammud Al Klaibawi, a truck driver accused of being responsible for placing roadside bombs on the streets of Ramadi.

Iraqi Army and Coalition Forces wrapped up Operation Harba (Shank) in central and southern Ramadi on December 3, 2005. Officials said the raids resulted in the detention of four suspected members of al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), who were held for questioning. Due to disruption operations in and around Ramadi and throughout the province, attacks by al-Qaeda in Iraq-led terrorists were said to have decreased in Ramadi.