| September 1, 2005|
CAMP BLUE DIAMOND, AR RAMADI, Iraq – At approximately 1:00 p.m. Sept. 1, Coalition Forces conducted an air strike against an identified terrorist safe haven in the western border town of Husaybah.
Over the past two days, numerous reliable sources have observed approximately 50 Al Qaeda (AQIZ) terrorists staging weapons at a train station to be used in continued attacks against local Iraqis and coalition forces.
Marine Corps F/A-18s destroyed the building using precision-guided 500 pound bombs.
Coalition aircraft attacked similar safe houses Aug. 26 and Aug. 30 in Husaybah after Iraqi citizens reported that a large group of AQIZ terrorists were using an abandoned hotel and house to plan and launch attacks on local Iraqis and coalition forces.
For the past five months, Marines based at Husaybah have reported an escalation in fighting between AQIZ terrorists and local tribes and attacks upon the Marines.
The number of terrorists killed in the air strikes is undetermined at this time.
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