Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Counterinsurgency Operation in Hit

Iraqi Army soldiers and approximately 1,000 Marines, Sailors and Soldiers with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), are conducting counterinsurgency operations in the al Anbar province.

Operation Wadi Aljundi, (Koa Canyon) began January 15th in an effort to capture or kill insurgents and to locate and destroy their weapons caches in the Western Euphrates River Valley between the Jubbah/Baghdadi region and the city of Hit.

This combined operation involves 1st Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 7th Iraqi Division, and the 22nd MEU's ground combat element, Battalion Landing Team 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment. The 22nd MEU (SOC) is operating under the tactical control of the 2nd Marine Division.

The majority of the forces are conducting cordon and knock operations and searching areas of interest for weapons and insurgent activity along the Euphrates River, approximately 80 miles northwest of Baghdad. In addition to the Iraqi Army, Marines are also working with Iraqi Police in the Baghdadi region.

More information on the operation will be released as it becomes available.

(Above courtesy of MNF-I and taken from Press Release #A060118a)

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