Fighting For Fallujah: A New Dawn For Iraq

Hardcover | April 30, 2006

byJohn R. Ballard

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The vicious urban battle for the insurgent-controlled city of Fallujah in November 2004 was a turning point in the ongoing counterinsurgency campaign in Iraq. It demonstrated the resolve of the Iraqi government to fight terrorists domestically, using both multinational and Iraqi forces, and its results included a returning population willing to vote in national elections held in January 2005. Ballard tells the story of the Fallujah campaign, beginning with the horrific deaths of the American Blackwater contractors in March 2004 and continuing through the battle, the painstaking reconstruction of the city, and the precedent-setting elections that followed. Based on first-person accounts, interviews, and official documents, this book gives readers rare insight into the significant actions and innovative techniques of the year-long fight for the city. Opening with a historical overview of the initial crisis in Fallujah and the similar coalition battle in Najaf, the book includes a detailed account of the planning and execution of the operation to retake the city. Finally, it describes the political and military lessons proven in Fallujah, including coalition force integration, information operations, urban combat techniques, interagency coordination and innovative reconstruction procedures. This is the story of real combat in Iraq--told in a way every American should understand.

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The vicious urban battle for the insurgent-controlled city of Fallujah in November 2004 was a turning point in the ongoing counterinsurgency campaign in Iraq. It demonstrated the resolve of the Iraqi government to fight terrorists domestically, using both multinational and Iraqi forces, and its results included a returning population w...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:184 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:April 30, 2006Publisher:Praeger PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0275990559

ISBN - 13:9780275990558

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"A must read for anyone that seeks to understand the complexity of warfare being faced by our armed forces in Iraq. This is an exceptional recounting of one of the coalition's greatest operational successes and it provides the reader with an insider's view of the varying modern requirements of fighting in city combat, civil affairs operations, and the ever-important information operations."-Patrick C. Sweeney Professor of Joint Military Operations U.S. Naval War College