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May 25, 2005

U.S. launches new Iraq offensive

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives

Marines to insurgents, "You're not welcome here!"

In an effort to put more pressure on Syria, about 1,000 U.S. Marines, sailors and soldiers encircled Haditha(140 miles northwest of Baghdad) which lies along a major highway used by travelers moving from western Iraq to major cities such as Mosul and Baghdad in the central and northern parts of the country. The attack on the Euphrates river city in the troubled Anbar province occured  early Wednesday before dawn. It was the second major anti-insurgent operation in this the western region in less than a month. According to the AP, "Helicopters swept down near palm tree groves dropping off Marines who blocked off one side of the town, while other troops on foot and in armored vehicles established checkpoints and moved toward the center of this city, 140 miles northwest of Baghdad. U.S. warplanes circled overhead."

Other coverage of "New Market" - TraderRob at Opinipundit

Related coverage - Chad at inTheBullPen posts that "Jihadists Route Through Syria Have Been  Traced" and that the first stop of the Sunni recruits, per Iraqi officials, is Al Qaim. At Al Qaim, the recruits are equipped and provided with instruction for operations in such cities in Mosul. 

Posted by Hyscience at May 25, 2005 8:52 AM

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