Operation Steel Curtain
Operation Steel Curtain (Operation Al Hajip Elfulathi) began November 5, 2005, with "[a]pproximately 2,500 Marines, Sailors and Soldiers with Regimental Combat Team-2 and 1,000 Iraqi Army Soldiers" in western Al Anbar, according to a news release by Multi-National Force-Iraq. "The objectives of Operation Steel Curtain are to restore security along the Iraqi-Syrian border and destroy the al Qaeda in Iraq terror network operating throughout Husaybah."
"The offensive is part of Operation Sayaid (Hunter) designed to deny al Qaeda in Iraq the ability to operate in the Euphrates River Valley and to establish a joint permanent security presence along the Syrian border. By eliminating terrorist influence in and around Husaybah, Coalition and Iraqi security forces are providing a safe and secure environment to allow the Iraqi people in that region to vote in the upcoming Dec. 15 national elections." 
According to the November 5, 2005, Multi-National Force-Iraq news release: "Since early summer, the combat capabilities of the Iraqi forces have grown in Al Anbar province. Iraqi security forces now include almost two full infantry divisions of Iraqi Army Soldiers. During the past six months, two division headquarters have formed in the province, four brigade headquarters and ten infantry battalions have deployed to the Al Anbar to join the fight against al Qaeda in Iraq led insurgency. Operation Steel Curtain marks the first large-scale employment of multiple battalion-sized units of Iraqi Army forces in combined operations with Coalition Forces in the last year in al Anbar Province.
"Al Qaeda in Iraq terrorists have used the region’s porous borders to smuggle foreign fighters, money and equipment into the country to be used in their ongoing attacks against the Iraqi people and Coalition Forces. Terrorists continue to influence the local population of Husaybah through murder and intimidation and have vowed to prevent the citizens of Western Al Anbar Province from participating in the democratic process."
- Iraqi Armed Forces
- Iraqi national elections
- Operation Iraqi Freedom: Year Three: Quagmire
- regime change in Syria
- "Terrorists killed in Husaybah air strike identified," Multi-National Force-Iraq, November 4, 2005.
- "180 terrorists escape to Syria at start of Operation Steel Curtain," Kuwait News Agency, November 5, 2005.
- "Operation Steel Curtain Moves Into Husaybah," Armed Forces Press Service, November 5, 2005.
- "U.S. and Iraqi forces launch Operation Steel Curtain," Multi-National Force-Iraq, November 5, 2005.
- "U.S.-Iraqi offensive leaves dozens of insurgents dead. Marine: 'It's been shooting or getting shot at all day'," CNN, November 5, 2005.
- Robert H. Reid, "U.S.-Led Forces Strike al-Qaida Stronghold," Associated Press (Yahoo! News), November 5, 2005.
- Bill Roggio, "Operation Steel Curtain in Husaybah," The Fourth Rail, November 5, 2005.
- "Operation Steel Curtain update" (Day 2), Multi-National Force-Iraq, November 6, 2005.
- "Steel Curtain Kills at Least 17 Terrorists," Armed Forces Press Service, November 6, 2005.
- "Operation Steel Curtain Update" (Day 3), U.S. Central Command, November 7, 2005.
- Bill Roggio, "Day Three of Steel Curtain," The Fourth Rail, November 7, 2005.
- Dahr Jamail, "Operation 'Steel Curtain'," Iraq Dispatches, November 7, 2005.
- Gordon Trowbridge, "Offensive on western Iraq city nears end," Marine Corps Times, November 7, 2005.
- "Operation Steel Curtain Continues Through Third Day of Fighting," Armed Forces Press Service, November 7, 2005.
- "'Steel Curtain' drops on terrorists near Syrian border," Army News Service, November 8, 2005: "Thirty-six terrorists have been confirmed killed so far in the operation, near the town of Hasaybah."
- John Ward Anderson, "Troops Fend Off Attacks in West. Four U.S. Soliders Die in Suicide Strike South of Baghdad," Washington Post, November 8, 2005.
- Bill Roggio, "'Husaybah has been cleared and secured' - An Interview with Col Davis," The Fourth Rail, November 8, 2005.