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A pair of Marine combat engineers - attached to Golf Co. 2nd Battalion 1st Marines - lies in the middle of a street totally exposed to insurgent gunfire as it rushes to employ a rocket-fired mine and IED clearing device to make a breach for the company to push forward and take a group of houses from which it had been receiving sniper fire during the second day of Operation Steel Curtain, an operation to clear Husaybah (a city on the Iraq-Syrian border) of insurgents on Sun. Nov. 6, 2005. The operation, which has been labeled by the US military as one of the largest since the assault on Fallujah in Nov. 2004, involves more than 2,500 US personnel and 1,000 Iraqis.