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Strike Targets Support Base, Marines Respond to Ramadi Attacks

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, May 19, 2006 – Coalition forces destroyed an abandoned hotel yesterday in Haqlaniyah, Iraq, using precision munitions to deny its use as an insurgent support base, military officials in Baghdad reported today.

Officials said the hotel was a known location of insurgent activity, and that coalition forces have targeted it multiple times since May 7 in response to repeated insurgent activity.

In other Iraq news, coalition forces responded yesterday to multiple insurgent attacks in central Ramadi.

Insurgents attacked Marines from 2/28 Brigade Combat Team multiple times with homemade bombs, medium and heavy machine-gun fire, and small-arms fire from several locations near the Ramadi government center, officials said. They responded with small-arms fire, medium and heavy machine-gun fire, grenades, mortars, shoulder-fired rockets, and precision munitions.

There were no reports of civilian casualties as a result of the incidents, officials said. No information was provided on coalition or enemy casualties.

(Compiled from Multinational Force Iraq news releases.)

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