Jun 14, 2005

HIT, Iraq (June 29, 2005)- Iraqi soldiers and Marines with 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team-2 conduct a patrol and cordon and knock in the city during Operation Guardian Sword conducted to clear the city and set-up Iraqi Security Forces firm bases through out the city. 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 Lance Cpl. Lucian Friel )(NOT RELEASED)

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