Counterinsurgency operation launched in Iraq

About 1,000 US troops backed by Iraqi soldiers have launched a counterinsurgency operation in the western Iraqi province of Anbar.

About 1,000 US troops backed by Iraqi soldiers have launched a counterinsurgency operation in the western Iraqi province of Anbar.

Operation Wadi Aljundi is targeting insurgents and their weapons caches in the Western Euphrates River Valley between the Jubbah and Baghdadi regions and the city of Hit, 85 miles west of Baghdad.

The US forces, with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable), are searching houses and cordoning areas for weapons and insurgents.

US forces have launched multiple operations in the vast Anbar province, seen as a hotbed for homegrown insurgents and an entry point for militants crossing from bordering Syria.

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