Phantom Fury

What US Marines do…

Fix Bayonets!

(The Second Battle of Fallujah)

crossed rifles 001In April 2004, Fallujah was defended by about 1,500 Iraqi insurgents with around five-hundred of these being “hardcore” guerrilla fighters and the others “part-time” employees.  By November, these numbers doubled and included virtually every insurgent group in Iraq: al-Qaeda, Islamic Army of Iraq, Ansar al-Sunna, Army of Mohammed, Army of Mujahedeen, and the Secret Army of Iraq. None of the names of these groups is important, however, because Islamists change their names as frequently as a mother changes her baby’s diapers.  One thing that does stand out, however, is that the leadership of these groups (wisely, albeit cowardly) removed themselves from Fallujah before the beginning of the Second Battle of Fallujah.

Coalition checkpoints were established to prevent anyone from entering the city, and to intercept insurgents attempting to flee.  In the run-up to the commencement of combat operations, detailed imagery was obtained and used to prepare…

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5 thoughts on “Phantom Fury”

  1. Excellent reblog, Koji. Just thinking of you too. I am having a post on Yamashita tomorrow and I included a link to your site for stories about having relatives on both sides of the Pacific.
    I don’t know if you follow Derrick Knight in the UK or not, but he just posted that he lost his son, Michael.

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