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March 13, 2005 | Scott Martelle, Times Staff Writer
The Marine contingent was supposed to be there for only a few minutes, a quick in-and-out to guard trucks resupplying a 10-story hospital in Ramadi. But one of the deliverymen was delayed in Baghdad, 30 miles away, so the Marines had to wait, each tick of the clock giving insurgents more time to salt the escape route with bombs. More than an hour passed and Cpl. Veronika Tuskowski felt her nerves stretching in the sweltering June dusk. "Anything longer than 10 minutes is dangerous," she said.
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