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Camp Pendleton-based Marines leave no place for insurgents to hide in western Al Anbar

6 Mar 2006 | Cpl. Adam C. Schnell

Cpl. Josh G. Cliatt, a team leader with I Company, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, talks to locals while a M1-A1 Abrams tank provides security during Operation Lion March 2. Marines, soldiers and sailors from Regimental Combat Team 7, as well as Iraqi soldiers, concluded the counterinsurgency five-day operation March 5. The operation was designed to disrupt insurgent activity in Baghdadi, a town nestled along the Euphrates River 130 miles west of Baghdad. More than 80 weapons caches were discovered – a total of more than 62 tons of munitions and weapons – as well as the capture of 65 suspected insurgents. Two insurgents, one Iraqi soldier, and two U.S. service members were killed during the operation. Cliatt is a Dallas native.