Wednesday, November 23, 2005

US wraps up Iraq border assault

"US forces have concluded a major counter-insurgency operation near the Syrian border, the US military said.
A spokesman said 139 insurgents and 10 US marines died in the 17-day assault targeting al-Qaeda-linked militants.

Operation Steel Curtain marked the first major deployment of the Iraqi army in the restive western province of Anbar, the US military said.

Sunni Arab politicians have criticised the operation, saying its impact on civilians has been disastrous.

According to the US, the border towns of Husayba, Karabila and Ubaydi have been rid of insurgents."


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