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Iraq: IED Attacks (XI) Against U.S. Troops in Al-Anbar Province - December/January 2007

 

Background

 

“[…] As of mid August, 2006, the daily average number of attacks exceeds 50 per day in al-Anbar Province. This activity reflects a 57% increase in overall attack numbers since I MEF assumed control of the province in February. […] The social and political situation has deteriorated to a point that MNF and ISF are no longer capable of militarily defeating the insurgency in al-Anbar. […] The Sunni outlook underlies the dramatic increase in attacks since February. […] Despite some success in isolated areas of the province, the insurgency has strengthened in the past six months. Insurgent groups are better organized, increasingly achieve effective operational security, have improved their capabilities to cache and distribute weapons, and have refined and adapted their tactics. […]”

 

Excerpt of U.S. Marines report from August 17th, 2006.

IED attack against humvee

 

The Video

 

 

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U.S. & Iraqi Troops in Al-Anbar Province

Firing an artillery round

During a raid

On patrol

Video & Photo Credits

 

The Video

 

1) The individual 3 video clips were released by the insurgents group “Islamic State Mujahideen of Iraq” in January of 2007. The locations of two of the attacks were near the village Hasiba Al-Sharkia and near the town Ramadi.

 

U.S. and Iraqi Troops in Al-Anbar Province

 

1) U.S. Marines from 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment fire an artillery round from a howitzer in western Al Anbar Province. -  December 21st, 2006 - Reuters/U.S. Marine Corps/Michael Q. Retana/Handout;

2) A Marine with K-9 unit, 3rd Marine Division attached to Blue Platoon, Assassin Company, 4th Squadron, 14th Cavalry covers rear exits during a search of a residence in the City of Rawah, Al Anbar Province, Iraq. Blue Platoon, 4th Squadron, 14th Cavalry is deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom to conduct counter-insurgency operations to isolate and neutralize anti-Iraqi forces. - April 29th, 2006 - U.S. DefenseLink/Renato Lara;

3) An Iraqi soldier stands guard during a census in Hit, Iraq. - Iraqi soldiers are leading squad patrols in the Euphrates River city - June 2nd, 2006 - U.S. DefenseLink/Jim Garamone;

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