Saturday, July 09, 2005

In the Sandbox...

Operation Sword concludes
July 6, 2005

CAMP BLUE DIAMOND, Ar Ramadi, Iraq -- Iraqi Security Forces, Marines and soldiers from Regimental Combat Team-2, 2nd Marine Division, are concluding Operation Sword and will remain in the city of Hit indefinitely to provide an ongoing security presence.

The Iraqi soldiers and Marines will man outposts at key locations throughout Hit (population 120,000), located approximately 100 miles northwest of Baghdad.

The combined force will continue to conduct joint patrolling and stabilization operations to quell the insurgent intimidation and fear campaign and deny them safe haven in Hit. Marines and Iraqi soldiers have operated from Camp Hit, a small base on the outskirts of the city, but this is the first time the ISF and Marines will live and work continuously within the city.

Hit joins the major cities of Ramadi, Habbaniyah and Fallujah in having persistent presence of Iraqi Security Forces. Hit is now the Al Anbar city furthest west to maintain a fully-trained ISF presence. There are now approximately 1,500 more trained Iraqi soldiers working in Al Anbar than there were at the conclusion of Operation Matador, May 7.

The operational forces are currently in the final stages of destroying weapons caches and clearing insurgents from the city.

Insurgent resistance throughout the course of the operation was reported by commanders in the city as ‘light’ and ‘sporadic.’ There were no fatalities among Iraqi or American forces.

No major battles or air strikes occurred. There was no disruption of basic utilities or interrupted access to medical treatment for the citizens of Hit. (source)

...the girls of the Marines...
ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR, FIVE

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