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Op Phantom Fury 2 of 15

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Added by: serpa6, 10-21-2013
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THE BATTLE OF FALLUJAH"
The Second Battle of Fallujah (code-named Operation Al-Fajr - "The Dawn" in Arabic, and Operation Phantom Fury) was a joint U.S.-Iraqi offensive led by the U.S. Marine Corps against the Iraqi insurgency stronghold in the city of Fallujah, authorized by the U.S.-appointed Iraqi Interim Government. The U.S. military called it "the heaviest urban combat since the Battle of Hue City in Vietnam." This operation was the second major operation in Fallujah. Earlier, in April 2004, Coalition Forces began Operation Vigilant Resolve in order to capture or kill insurgent elements considered responsible for the deaths of a Blackwater Security team. When Coalition Forces (a majority being US Marines) fought into the center of the city, the Iraqi government requested for control of the city be turned over to an Iraqi-run local security force (which then began stockpiling weapons and building complex defenses across the city during Summer 2004).
The assault began in the early hours of November 8, 2004 with an intense bombing followed by an attack on the main train station that the Marines used as a staging point for follow-on forces. By that afternoon, under the protection of intense air cover, Marines had entered the Hay Naib al-Dubat and al-Naziza districts. Shortly after nightfall on November 9, 2004, Marines were reportedly along Highway 10 in the center of the city. While most of the fighting subsided by November 13, 2004, Marines continued to face determined resistance from the enemy in and around the city.
By November 16, 2004, after nine days of fighting, the Marine command described the action as mopping up pockets of resistance. Sporadic fighting continued, nevertheless, until December 23, 2004.


COMBATANTS:
United States & Iraqi Security Forces, Commanded by Lieutenant General Richard F. Natonski USMC

Mujahideen Shura of al-Falluja, Commanded by Abdullah al-Janabi

Al-Qaeda Iraq, Commanded by Omar Hussein Hadid


STRENGTH:
United States & Iraqi Security Forces = 8,000 (including 5,000 non-combat troops)

Mujahideen Shura of al-Falluja & Al-Qaeda Iraq = 4,000 - 5,000 (combatants)


CASUALTIES:
U.S. Forces: 95 killed, 560 wounded

Iraqi Security Forces: 18 killed, 62 wounded

Mujahideen Shura of al-Falluja & Al-Qaeda Iraq: 1,350+ killed 1,500 captured.

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10-22-2013, 03:56 PM #80483
   
befmaster
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nice vid, had to shut the sound down.. cant stand the music
   
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