Yet, the Fallujah saga remains untold in interactive form because of political concerns, marketing fumbles, press pressure, and expensive development. Not all was wasted though. While the mission was a tactical success, coalition soldiers died in combat. By design, civilians in Fallujah were warned in advance.
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Interested in participating in the Publishing Partner Program? After the First Battle of Fallujah April 4—May 1, left resistance fighters and foreign Muslim extremists in control of the city, the U.
In November, the occupation forces decided to turn Fallujah into a trap where they would encircle the insurgents and destroy them. The city was surrounded with checkpoints to prevent insurgents from arriving or leaving.
Realizing what was to come,civilians fled the city. Intense shelling and air strikes pounded the city before the coalition troops moved in on November 8. The urban fighting was fierce, with concealed sniper positions and booby traps a severe danger.
A great deal of destruction was caused by troops blowing holes in the walls of houses rather than risk a possibly booby-trapped door. After several days of street fighting, the city center was secured, but pockets of resistance endured for several weeks, each having to be reduced at a high cost in lives.
The insurgents in Fallujah were largely destroyed, and the resistance never again challenged the coalition in open combat, but small-scale attacks across Iraq multiplied.
Some coalition forces were killed and some wounded in the battle; some 3, insurgents were killed or captured. An unknown number of civilians, estimated to be in the thousands, were also killed.The Second Battle of Fallujah was fought November 7 to 16, , during the Iraq War ().
Lieutenant General John F. Sattler and Major General Richard F. Natonski led 15, American and Coalition troops against approximately 5, insurgent fighters led by Abdullah al .
Second Battle of Fallujah: Second Battle of Fallujah, (November 7–December 23, ), also called Operation Al-Fajr (“Dawn”) and Operation Phantom Fury, joint American, Iraqi, and British.
BBC correspondent Paul Wood, embedded with US forces fighting in Falluja 10 years ago, recalls the hardest battle of the US campaign in Iraq.
At dawn, the insurgents had figured out where they were and surrounded them, while opening fire on the platoon with everything they had. The Second Battle of Fallujah remains untold in interactive form because of political concerns, marketing fumbles, press pressure, and more. Several of the Body Bearers took part in the battle at Blanc Mount, as did Sergeant Edward Younger, the man who would later select the body that became America’s Unknown Soldier.