Operation Phantom Fury, The Attack on Fallujah - Page 2




 
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November 9th, 2004  
FlyingFrog
 
Good thread, so can we keep all Fallujah related stuff here.

BEIJING, Nov. 9 (Xinhuanet) -- Fierce battles continued in the Iraqi city of Fallujah on Tuesday as US marines pushed into the heart of the besieged city.

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/20...nt_2195058.htm



Sat map of Fallujah:


On the military front, Fallujah is encircled by up to 20,000 US and Iraqi troops as US warplanes and artillery pounded the city, known as "the capital of resistance," when battles continued between US-Iraqi forces and fighters bent on defending the city.
November 10th, 2004  
Redleg
 
 
The casualties reports are starting to hit the news now..

Quote:
The Pentagon reported that 10 U.S. troops and two Iraqi soldiers had been killed in the fighting, along with 22 others wounded, as of 10:30 a.m. Tuesday ET.
http://www.cnn.com/2004/WORLD/meast/...ain/index.html

Good luck guys!!
November 10th, 2004  
Snauhi
 
just heard that 12 died

and russian sources are saying that 4 US tanks got destroyed.
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November 10th, 2004  
DTop
 
 
As of this AM, U.S. forces hold 70% of Fallujah, nice job.

Quote:
(AP) - U.S. forces bottled up insurgents in a narrow strip of Fallujah on Wednesday after a stunningly swift advance that seized control of 70 percent of the militant stronghold. Kidnappers abducted two members of Prime Minister Ayad Allawi's family in Baghdad. The speed of the U.S. drive may indicate that most Sunni fighters and their leaders abandoned the city before the offensive and repositioned themselves to carry on the fight elsewhere, officers said
http://story.news.yahoo.com/fc?cid=3...World&cat=Iraq
November 10th, 2004  
AussieNick
 
They seem to be doing a damn fine job, at least thats how it looks in the Australian media.
November 10th, 2004  
Kane
 

Topic: Insurgents cannot withstand frontal attacks by U.S. Military


Quick victory is common in this type of war, but it will be short lived. Once Fallujah is secure, the insurgent fighters will once again start destabilizing the region. This is Guerilla warfare guys, the insurgents don't have the will nor resources to hold the line. Once the entire city is swept across and blocked, further violence will follow...and I can assure you that will happen again.
November 10th, 2004  
Italian Guy
 
 
I heard they kidnapped Allawi's wife and a relative. Say they will behead them if Allawi doesn't withdraw troops from Falluja.
November 10th, 2004  
DTop
 
 

Topic: Re: Insurgents cannot withstand frontal attacks by U.S. Mili


Quote:
Originally Posted by Secrecy
Quick victory is common in this type of war, but it will be short lived. Once Fallujah is secure, the insurgent fighters will once again start destabilizing the region. This is Guerilla warfare guys, the insurgents don't have the will nor resources to hold the line. Once the entire city is swept across and blocked, further violence will follow...and I can assure you that will happen again.
I beg to differ. quick victory is not very common in a guerilla war. It wasn't quick when I was in Vietnam. Each conflict is unique. I'm sure the terrorists want to regroup and destabilize the whole area but we're there to prevent that. Each victory will make life more difficult for the bad guys. I still maintain that our forces are doing a great job in Fallujah during this operation.
November 10th, 2004  
Kane
 
Quote:
I beg to differ. quick victory is not very common in a guerilla war. It wasn't quick when I was in Vietnam. Each conflict is unique. I'm sure the terrorists want to regroup and destabilize the whole area but we're there to prevent that. Each victory will make life more difficult for the bad guys. I still maintain that our forces are doing a great job in Fallujah during this operation.
Unfortunetly, Iraq is not Vietnam. The situation and tactics implied are totally different. I recognize your gallant service and experience in Vietnam, however that does not support the urgency for new tactical outlay to secure Iraq on a longer scale.

You see, the opposition forces in Iraq are not fighting like Terrorists at all, more like Urban Guerilla fighters and ragtag militias. When you are referring to Terrorists, Car bombings and unsuspected destruction in civilian areas is catergorized as Terrorism.

To stay on topic, the fighting in Fallujah is still going to be short lived if only the entire nation of Iraq has a strong and able national guard. From what I see right now, the current Iraqi armed forces are still ill equipped and poorly trained resulted from the rushed training process.[/code][/list]
November 10th, 2004  
DTop
 
 
I have also been to Iraq and as I stated "Each conflict is unique". I know something about how terrorists are fighting in Iraq. Technically, the definition of the word terrorism is "the systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion". It sound just like what the "insurgents" are doing to me.
Yeah, Iraq is not Vietnam. Thanks for clearing that up for me.
"A new tactical outlay"? What on earth are you saying. Are you trying to tell me that it's not 1970 anymore. Hey thanks again, I was getting confused again
Seriously, you couldn't possibly believe that I was proposing that Iraq and Vietnam were the same? Please read my original post again before pontificating.
Unfortunately, if we haven't learned anything from our prior experiences fighting guerillas (and oh yes there was plenty of urban fighting there too) then we're doomed to repeat the same mistakes. I believe we learned our lessons well. I also believe that guerillas always use terror as a major weapon and if there is anyone who doesn't believe that, it will jump up and bite them one day, guaranteed. I hope nobody I know is near them when that happens though.
I can only speak from personal experience. You can believe what you want.