Operation Steel Curtain, Iraq

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Operation Steel Curtain official photos – with news updates below

Colonel Stephen W. Davis, commanding officer, Regimental Combat Team 2, prepares to board a helicopter at Al Asad Airbase in Operation Steel Curtain.
Colonel Stephen W. Davis, commanding officer, Regimental Combat Team 2, prepares to board a helicopter at Al Asad Airbase in Operation Steel Curtain.
Marines board a chopper in Operation Steel Curtain.
Marines from 3rd Platoon, Company K, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, and Soldiers of the Iraqi Security Forces board a chopper at Al Asad Airbase in Operation Steel Curtain. Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt Jason D. Becksted, 2d Marine Division Combat Camera

HADITHA, Iraq – Marines from 3rd Platoon, Company K, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, and Soldiers of the Iraqi Security Forces board a chopper at Al Asad Airbase in Operation Steel Curtain. Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt Jason D. Becksted, 2d Marine Division Combat Camera

Iraqi soldiers wait for orders in Operation Steel Curtain.
BARWANA, Iraq – Iraqi soldiers wait for orders in Operation Steel Curtain. Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt Jason D. Becksted, 2d Marine Division Combat Camera

BARWANA, Iraq- Battalion Commanding Officer Lt. Col. Robert R. Kosid and Battalion Sgt. Maj. Bryan P. Ward from 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion patrol through a palm grove near the market here.
Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt Jason D. Becksted, 2d Marine Division Combat Camera

Apache Helicopters provide air support for 2nd Marine Division in major Operation Steel Curtain assault.
Operation Iraqi Freedom III (OIF III) AL QA’IM, Iraq – US Army Apache Helicopters take flight to provide air support for Coalition forces attached to 2nd Marine Division for a major assault during Operation Steel Curtain in Husaybah, Iraq. Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt Jason D. Becksted, 2d Marine Division Combat Camera

Operation Iraqi Freedom III (OIF III) AL QA’IM, Iraq – US Army Apache Helicopters take flight to provide air support for Coalition forces attached to 2nd Marine Division for a major assault during Operation Steel Curtain in Husaybah, Iraq.
Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt Jason D. Becksted, 2d Marine Division Combat Camera

med-evac Black Hawk lands near violet smoke in Operation Steel Curtain
A Black Hawk CH-47 medical helicopter comes down at a landing zone marked with violet smoke for a medical evacuation during Operation Steel Curtain in Husaybah, Iraq. Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Michael R. McMaugh

A Black Hawk CH-47 medical helicopter comes down at a landing zone marked with violet smoke for a medical evacuation during Operation Steel Curtain in Husaybah, Iraq.
Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Michael R. McMaugh

Iraqi Soldiers patrol Husaybah, Iraq in Operation Steel Curtain
Iraqi Soldiers patrol down the street while children celebrate in the streets after receiving flags from the soldiers during Operation STEEL CURTAIN in Husaybah, Iraq. Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Michael R. McMaugh

Iraqi Soldiers patrol down the street while children celebrate in the streets after receiving flags from the soldiers during Operation STEEL CURTAIN in Husaybah, Iraq.
Official U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Michael R. McMaugh

suspected al-Qaeda in Iraq terrorist captured in an Ubaydi hospital dressed in women's clothing.
A suspected al-Qaeda in Iraq terrorist. He was captured in an Ubaydi hospital dressed in women’s clothing.

Ubaydi-A suspected al-Qaeda in Iraq terrorist was captured in an Ubaydi hospital dressed in women’s clothing. The terrorist was discovered by a Desert Protector, specially trained scout unit of soldiers recruited from the al Qaim region. Desert Protectors are part of the 1,000 Iraqi Army soldiers taking part in Operation Steel Curtain in the al Qa’im region.

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