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Friday, 3-Feb-2006 22:49
Cordon and Knock north of Karmah

Marines, IA conduct operation to disrupt insurgency
Submitted by: 2nd Marine Division
Story Identification #: 20062361732
Story by Pfc. Christopher J. Ohmen

KARMAH, Iraq (Feb. 3, 2006) -- The Dec. 15 elections were fast approaching for the Iraqi people and the Marines of 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment conducted operations to disrupt insurgents that might try to hinder the election process.

Corporal Peter D. Foster, 1st Squad leader for 1st Platoon, Company F, and his Marines helped conduct an Iraqi Army cordon and knock operation in a town north of Karmah to disrupt insurgent activity.

“We helped the Iraqi Army in the search for insurgents north of the city of Karmah,” the Southold, N.Y. native stated. “They conducted cordon and knocks on various target houses in the area.”

To cordon the search area, Marines from Company F were inserted by helicopters. Once the air elements had loaded the Marines, ground forces left for the objectives to arrive shortly following the landing of the air elements.

Taking different routes to reach the objectives, Marines from Company F, Company G, and the Battalion Commander’s Personal Security Detachment linked up with two platoons of Iraqi Army to search the village. Foster, a 2002 Southold High School graduate, and his squad were given the task of providing security for the IA as they searched each of the houses.

“The IA’s are much more organized than they were the last deployment,” Foster stated. “They have progressed a great deal since we have been training with them.”

There were more than 100 houses to search in the area North of Karmah, so the Iraqi Army soldiers and Marines started searching the area as soon as they arrived. Talking to numerous residents in the area and conducting through searches of the houses was the main effort for this operation.

“The Marines in my squad and the IA did a great job on this operation and completed the assigned mission with great success,” stated Foster.

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