|August 31, 2005|
CAMP BLUE DIAMOND, AR RAMADI, Iraq – U.S. Marines have launched precision air strikes on several Al Qaeda in Iraq positions during the past five days. All of the coalition strikes were directed against targets that were confirmed to have armed Al Qaeda in Iraq members present. These terrorists and their safe havens were threats to Coalition Forces operating in the area.
Additionally, Coalition Forces in Husaybah have confirmed that local Iraqis in the Husaybah-Al Qaim region are fighting against Abu Musab Zarqawi in western Al Anbar.
Local sources in the area have reported Al Qaeda in Iraq terrorists killing unarmed male Iraqis who oppose their organization and ideology. Reports further indicate that terrorists have been trying to exert influence and control over the border region. This control would allow them a greater ability to move foreign fighters and weapons across the Iraqi-Syrian border.
Coalition Forces will continue to attack Al Qaeda in Iraq targets and stand committed to fighting the extremist elements who desire to rob Iraqis of their freedom and their ability to choose how to be governed.
There is no reliable information to confirm the number of foreign fighters taking part in this latest violence.
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