Al Anbar, Iraq

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AL ASAD, Iraq (June 8, 2005) - Hospital Mate 2 Douglas Ayala assists a malnourished Iraqi boy drink Gatorade. The boy was found in Dhulab by Marines from 2nd Marine Regiment, 3rd battalion, Lima Company. The Marines of 2d Marine Division conduct counter-insurgency operations with Iraqi Security Forces to isolate and neutralize Anti-Iraqi Forces, to support the continued development of Iraqi Security Forces, and to support Iraqi reconstruction and democratic elections in order to create a secure environment that enables Iraqi self-reliance and self-governance. (Official USMC photo by LCpl. Shane S. Keller)