Fallujah Iraq



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Description: “The Second Battle for Fallujah, dubbed Operation Phantom Fury, took place over an almost two-month period, from Nov. 7 to Dec. 23, 2004. The Marine Corps’ biggest battle in Iraq to date, it was so

“The Second Battle for Fallujah, dubbed Operation Phantom Fury, took place over an almost two-month period, from Nov. 7 to Dec. 23, 2004. The Marine Corps’ biggest battle in Iraq to date, it was so prolonged and fierce that it has entered the pantheon of USMC battles alongside Iwo Jima, Inchon, and Hue City. This book offers an in-depth, intimate look into Operation Phantom Fury, the single most significant battle undertaken during the occupation of Iraq. It is a rare firsthand account of the brutal reality of the war in Iraq, how this battle for a key city was fought, and how such a crucial battle looks from positions of command and from the thick of the fight.”

“Camp, a retired Marine Corps colonel, offers a highly detailed account of the Marine Corps' biggest battle in Iraq, the Second Battle for Fallujah, which began with the 2004 murder of four Blackwater contractors. The account draws on personal interviews with those involved, including division commanders and infantrymen, and is illustrated with about 150 on-the-scene color photos, plus several maps. Camp is currently vice president for museum operations with the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation.

“Retired Marine Corps full colonel and Vietnam combat veteran Dick Camp presents Operation Phantom Fury: The Assault and Capture of Fallujah, Iraq. an in-depth portrait of the second battle for Fallujah, which was the Marine Corps' biggest battle in Iraq, and arguably the most important battle during the entire occupation. Though Fallujah did not receive severe damage during the initial U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, strife between civilians, insurgents, and coalition forces erupted into violence with the murder and desecration of four Blackwater contractors. The U.S. Marine and Army forces, along with a number of Iraqi Army battalions, had to confront the lethal task of retaking Fallujah from insurgents. An expertly researched, harrowingly presented account of the pivotal battle, highly recommended especially for military history collections with a focus on the Iraq Wars.”

“Marine master historian and author Dick Camp has written the definitive account of the two major battles for the city of Fallujah and a “spot-on” historical account of one of our Marines’ hardest fights since the Vietnam-era ended. The book is exquisite to hold in your hands; beautifully bound, it contains more than 150 color photos set on high-quality manuscript paper.” - Leatherneck Magazine

This is a heavy book. Because of the high-quality paper suitable for printing more than 150 color photographs plus mps, Operation Phantom Fury weighs about 2 pounds. And the information is worth the weight.

Experienced author Dick Camp, a retired Marine colonel and Vietnam veteran, is vice president at the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation and its National Museum of the Marine Corps. He knows the subject. For this contemporary history, Camp conducted interviews and review oral histories—and made us of the bibliography. Operation Phantom Fury chronologically documents the on-the-ground events leading to the 2003 and 2004 military operations in Fallujah, Iraq, and makes clear that the operations relied on a team—soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Iraqi troops. He chooses exposition of eloquence, relying on participants’ voices to bring drama and description. - Army Times News Service

In November 2004 a joint US-Iraqi force of thousands moved against insurgents in Fallujah to eliminate some of the area's most 'hardcore' insurgents and restore peace. Code-named Operation Phantom Fury, this offensive turned out to be lethal urban combat - and its history and processes are chartered here in Operation Phantom Fury: The Assault and Capture of Fallujah, Iraq. for any military library strong in modern combat. - Midwest Book Review

Operation Phantom Fury provides an in-depth, intimate look into the Marine Corps' biggest battle in Iraq, indeed the most significant single battle during the occupation: the Second Battle for Fallujah. Located about forty miles west of Baghdad, Fallujah has a primarily Sunni population and was a stronghold of the former regime of Saddam Hussein. Although spared from significant damage during the initial U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, tensions between civilians, insurgents, and coalition forces built up over the following year. Those tensions exploded in March 2004 with the ambush, murder, and desecration of four Blackwater contractors in the streets of Fallujah. Outrage resulting from photographs and video of the bodies of the Americans hanging from the Fallujah bridge reverberated around the world. Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly is quoted as saying, "We should make the people of Fallujah bathe in their own blood." From that moment, retaking the city from the insurgents became a necessity. The abortive First Battle of Fallujah, Operation Vigilant Resolve, fell apart under political pressure due to the high toll on civilians during the operation. Local Iraqi forces, the Fallujah Brigade, took over after the U.S. withdrawal but failed to take any meaningful action, ultimately disbanding in the early fall. The brigade's U.S.-supplied weapons ended up in the hands of insurgents, further strengthening their position. A second battle for Fallujah was inevitable, and this time U.S. Marine and Army forces, along with a number of Iraqi Army battalions, would take the city back. Dick Camp, a retired Marine Corps full colonel and Vietnam combat veteran, presents a detailed account of Operation Phantom Fury that filled with personal interviews with those involved, from the division commander in charge of the operation down to the Marine infantrymen who did the fighting. With frequent firsthand accounts and over 150 color photographs, Operation Phantom Fury puts the reader on the frontlines of the war in Iraq.

Wednesday morning, March 31, 2004: a Blackwater private security firm convoy is ambushed on the streets of Fallujah, Iraq. Four American contractors are killed, their bodies desecrated and hung from a bridge over the Euphrates River. Long-simmering tensions between insurgents and American forces had boiled over.

In Baghdad, the Coalition Provisional Authority’s chief ambassador, L. Paul Bremer III, proclaims that the “deaths will not go unpunished.” Brigadier General Mark Kimmit, deputy operations director for the Joint Task Force in Iraq, states, “We will hunt down the criminals. We will kill them or we will capture them. and we will pacify Fallujah.”

American retaliation came the following Monday, April 4. In this first battle for Fallujah, Gen. James Mathis and his Marines had almost taken the city when increasing pressure from the Iraqi Governing Council in Baghdad over noncombatant civilian casualties resulted in Bremer announcing a unilateral cease-fire for April 9; Operation Vigilant Resolve, the first battle for Fallujah, ended with the insurgents still in control of the city. U.S. forces withdrew on May 1, turning the defense of Fallujah over to a local Iraqi force, the Fallujah Brigade. By September the brigade had disbanded, and its American-supplied weapons were in the hands of the insurgents. The stage was set for a second battle for Fallujah, Operation Phantom Fury, which commenced the night of November 7, 2004.

Over the next month and a half, U.S. and Iraqi forces led by the U.S. Marines would take back Fallujah. The first week of the battle was relentless: bloody street-by-street, house-by-house, and room-to-room combat against entrenched insurgents. Author Dick Camp tells this riveting story through the words of the Marines who fought there, drawing upon dozens of interviews with veterans of Operation Phantom Fury. The result is a comprehensive and exciting ground-level look at a hard-fought U.S. victory. The city was secure, and there would be no third battle for Fallujah.




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