The battle of An-Najaf [electronic resource] / by Francis X. Kozlowski
- Kozlowski, Francis Xavier
- Additional Titles:
- U.S. Marines in battle, An-Najaf, August 2004
Battle of Najaf
- Washington, DC : United States Marine Corps History Division, 2009.
- Physical Description:
- 1 online resource (47 pages) : color illustrations, color maps
- Additional Creators:
- Marine Corps University (U.S.). History Division
- Before the fight -- Borneo patrol -- Revolutionary circle -- The cemetery fight -- Raid interlude -- The final assault -- Aftermath.
- From the Book's Context: This is a "battle study" written purposely from the perspective of the Marines, soldiers, and sailors who fought at an-Najaf in August 2004. Some context is needed to fit these events within the evolution of the campaigning in Iraq in 2004. The Americans deployed to al-Anbar and an-Najaf Provinces, faced a variety of threats as Iraq attempted to again govern itself. Threats were from disparate sources, including Sunni fighters in Fallujah and Shi'a fighters in Najaf. Behind each was the possibility of al-Qaeda in Iraq or criminal exploitation of any disruption of Coalition efforts to establish responsible Iraqi Government. This complexity of threats did not lend itself to easy solutions. In March 2004, Lieutenant General James T Conway's I Marine Expeditionary Force was faced with an outbreak of Sunni insurgency in Fallujah. At the same time, a Shi's uprising took place across Iraq, including Baghdad, Najaf, an-Nasiriyah, al-Kut, al-Amarah, and Kirkuk. The fighting spread to Karbala, Hillah, and Basrah with attacks on Iraqi and Coalition outposts. This fighting dropped off in June with establishment of Iraqi Interim Government of Prime Minister Ayad Allawi, but the menace of further violence remained.
- Title from title screen (viewed July 31, 2015).
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 44-47).
View MARC record | catkey: 16009415