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Marines, Iraqi Forces Launch Offensive In Ramadi

U.S. and Iraqi security forces surrounded the city of Ramadi in the violent Sunni Triangle area northwest of the capital Sunday in an effort to confront a simmering insurgency that has gripped the city and spilled into neighboring towns and villages in recent months. U.S. Marines and Iraqi National Guardsmen set up checkpoints at the main entrances to Ramadi and established a curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., the U.S. military said. The forces launched simultaneous operations in the western towns of Hit, Baghdadi and Haditha along the Euphrates River, an area populated by Sunni Muslims loyal to deposed president Saddam Hussein.Full Story

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