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U.S. offensive near Syria kills 75


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U.S. offensive near Syria kills 75

Monday, May 9, 2005




U.S.-trained Iraqi special forces hope to replace coalition troops.


BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- U.S. forces have launched an offensive against "insurgents and foreign fighters" near Iraq's border with Syria, killing at least 75 of them in the first 24 hours of the operation, the U.S. military said Monday.


According to the military, coalition and Marine Corps aircraft and forces from the U.S. Army, Navy and Marines are involved in the fighting in Iraq's Anbar province.


"The operation is currently on the area north of the Euphrates River, in the Al Jazirah Desert. The region is a known smuggling route and sanctuary for foreign fighters," the military said in a statement.


"The offensive is aimed at eliminating insurgents and foreign fighters from the area," the statement said.


The military made no mention of U.S. casualties.

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