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Disrupting the Desert 'Rat Lines' in Western Iraq

May 11, 2005 | 04:00 GMT
Iraqis pose with the remnants of what they say is a destroyed U.S. military vehicle that was part of
KARABLA, Iraq: Iraqis cheer as they pose for the camera near what they say is a destroyed US military vehicle in Karabla in the al-Qaim district close to the Syrian Iraqi border, 15 May 2005. The vehicle was destroyed during the week-long US military offensive code-named 'Operation Matador' in the al-Qaim area 350 kilometres (280 miles) west of Baghdad, in the Sunni al-Anbar province. The large-scale offensive was launched to flush insurgents out of the area and disrupt their supply routes to Syria, ended yesterday, the military announced AFP PHOTO/ALI KAMAR (Photo credit should read ALI KAMAR/AFP/Getty Images)

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