Saturday, October 01, 2005

IRAQ: Operation Iron Fist begins

Release A051001a
Operation Iron Fist begins

A force of approximately 1,000 Marines, Soldiers and Sailors from Regimental Combat Team-2 launched an operation against a known terrorist sanctuary in the western al Anbar province town of Sadah, in the al Qaim region approximately 12 km. from the Syrian border.

Operation Kabda Bil Hadid, or Iron Fist in English, began in the early morning hours in order to root out al Qaeda in Iraq terrorists operating in the area and to disrupt terrorist support systems in and around the city.

For the past several months, terrorists within Sadah have escalated their intimidation and murder campaign against the local populace and city government officials. The resulting effect was an increased ability to move freely within the area and a base for them to launch attacks against innocent civilians, Iraqi Security forces and Coalition forces.

By interdicting foreign fighters flowing in from the Syrian border, the operation will also serve as a way to provide security for the upcoming referendum.

As with all coalition operations, strict measures are taken to prevent civilian casualties and unnecessary collateral damage to property.
More information will be released as it becomes available.
(Taken from Press Release by MNF-Iraq Combined Press Information Center)

AubreyJ says: It has been said by some… that this is the area that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi holds up in. God I hope they get that SOB this round… I’ll also add that sooner than later-- we’re going to have to go across that boarder and clean some house…

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