Essay about The Battle of Fallujah

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The Battle of Fallujah forever changed the methods in which the American military conducts combat operations. The American military was not expecting to engage in such a bloody and intense battle like Fallujah. Fallujah changed the way the military conducted its tactical operations, its intelligence operations, and its Information Operations (IO). There are also a number of other factors that were changed to due this intense urban conflict. The Battle of Fallujah was started by one singular incident, which will now be expanded upon.
Insurgents ambushed and killed four American private security contractors in Fallujah, Iraq, on March 31, 2004. These men were from the Blackwater Security Firm. They were providing security for truck convoys
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U.S. forces withdrew from Fallujah on May 1, 2004. The operation had not been properly planned and because of that 51 U.S. service members had been killed in action against Al-Qaeda insurgents.
This battle enabled the insurgents to turn Fallujah into a unifying call against the U.S. and to challenge the legitimacy of the newly-formed Iraqi interim government. Now, the insurgents had the victory they needed to garner support from other citizens who were disgruntled with the U.S and the Iraqi government. Operation Vigilant Resolve was a failure on almost every level. This operation was insufficiently, coordinated, timed, and planned. The U.S. government did not properly elaborate the strategic and operational goals expected for Operation Vigilant Resolve.
The Battle of Fallujah was the first major engagement in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). Coalition Forces intended to establish a stable and secure Fallujah for the newly-formed Iraqi interim government. The insurgents intended to use this battle as a method to show resistance towards the newly-formed Iraqi interim government. The insurgents also wanted the Iraqi population to unite against and expel the Coalition Forces.
Fallujah is located on the Euphrates River in eastern Al-Anbar Province, approximately 40 miles west of Baghdad. The terrain was a highly urbanized environment, consisting of smaller streets and tightly packed buildings around each other. This urban environment made it

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