Al Anbar, Iraq

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BARWANA, Iraq- A Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) gunner watches outboard when the patrol he is on comes to a halt. The Marines of Regimental Combat Team 2 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 Lance Cpl. Shane S. Keller)