Marines, Iraqi Forces Raid Insurgent Strongholds

BAGHDAD, July 9 — U.S. Marines and Iraqi soldiers have launched an offensive against insurgents in Iraq’s western Anbar province, their sixth since the beginning of May, raiding suspected guerrilla strongholds outside Fallujah, the Marines announced Saturday.

The operation began Thursday in the village of Zaidon, about 20 miles southeast of Fallujah, and has continued in nearby towns and rural areas, the Marines said in a statement. The announcement of the sweep, called Operation Scimitar, was delayed until Saturday in a bid to catch insurgents by surprise, the statement said. Full Story

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