Jan 16, 2005

KARBALAH, Iraq- (June 19, 2005) Pfc. Lee W. McPherson (left) and Cpl. Rodney A. Backues (right) add oil to the engine to their Light Armored Vehicle. The Marines are with 2D Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Charlie Company. During Operation Spear, the Marines of 2d Marine Division 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 LCpl. Shane S. Keller) NOT RELEASED

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