River Gate Update
The Marine PAO sends this update on Operation River Gate, which as readers will recall, was an operation designed to put a lasting Iraqi government presence in three towns along the Euprates. The operation has been successfully completed, and Haditha, Haqlaniyah and Barwana now have a substantial Iraqi government presence in them.
Operation River Gate is setting conditions for secure voting throughout Al Anbar in the upcoming referendum. Haditha residents and citizens in the surrounding area will be able to vote in the Oct. 15 Referendum free from the insurgent campaign of murder and intimidation. Since the operation began Oct. 4, 119 improvised explosive devices and mines have been identified and disarmed, two vehicle car bombs have been found and 14 weapons caches were discovered. Approximately160 men suspected of insurgent activity are being detained.
Here's a picture of a search for IEDs that goes with the story.
HADITHA, Iraq - Marines from 1st Squad, 3rd Platoon, Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, search for improvised explosive devices in the city of Haditha, Iraq during Operation River Gate. Marines of Regimental Combat Team 2 conduct counter-insurgency operations with Iraqi Security Forces to isolate and neutralize anti-Iraqi forces, to support the continued development of Iraqi security forces, and to support Iraqi reconstruction and democratic elections in order to create a secure environment that enables Iraqi self reliance and self governance. (Official USMC photo by Cpl Kevin N. McCall)