U.S. Marines in Battle: Al-Qaim, September 2005-March 2006 [Illustrated Edition]

U.S. Marines in Battle: Al-Qaim, September 2005-March 2006 [Illustrated Edition]

Nicholas J. Schlosser / Aug 25, 2019

U S Marines in Battle Al Qaim September March Illustrated Edition Includes than photos maps and plans This study examines a counterinsurgency campaign conducted during the Iraq War between the fall of and spring of in the district of al Qaim on the Syr

  • Title: U.S. Marines in Battle: Al-Qaim, September 2005-March 2006 [Illustrated Edition]
  • Author: Nicholas J. Schlosser
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  • Page: 208
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  • Includes than 30 photos, maps and plans This study examines a counterinsurgency campaign conducted during the Iraq War between the fall of 2005 and spring of 2006 in the district of al Qaim on the Syrian border In many ways, the struggle to clear and hold the district marked a turning point for the U.S Marines fighting to bring security and stability to al Anbar ProIncludes than 30 photos, maps and plans This study examines a counterinsurgency campaign conducted during the Iraq War between the fall of 2005 and spring of 2006 in the district of al Qaim on the Syrian border In many ways, the struggle to clear and hold the district marked a turning point for the U.S Marines fighting to bring security and stability to al Anbar Province The tactics and procedures utilized by the Marines of Regimental Combat Team 2 as well as its numerous supporting units served as a model for future operations in 2006 and 2007 In particular, the battle for al Qaim marked one of the first times that the Coalition and tribes in al Anbar united against al Qaeda in Iraq The Iraq War began in 2003 with a lightning quick assault by Coalition forces that toppled Saddam Hussein s Ba athist regime within a matter of weeks During the months immediately following the overthrow of the old regime, a lack of adequate security forces and indecision among policy makers rapidly led to a collapse of order and stability By the summer a broad insurgency conducted by former regime loyalists, criminals, and Islamic fundamentalist fighters had broken out against the U.S occupation of the country The United States initial goal of creating an independent, democratic government was superseded by the basic and pressing need to establish a secure and stable Iraqi state To confront this challenge, U.S forces implemented a wide range of tactics, including raids against insurgent hideouts, surgical operations against high value targets, and stability operations akin to those used during counterinsurgency campaigns in Malaya and parts of South Vietnam in the 1960s The lack of a unified approach to U.S strategy in Iraq meant that it often fell to the commanders of smaller units brigades, regiments, and battalions to devise an effective means for defeating the insurgency in their particular areas of responsibility It was in this type of operating environment that the commander of Regimental Combat Team 2, Colonel Stephen W Davis, and one of his battalion commanders, Lieutenant Colonel Julian D Alford of 3d Battalion, 6th Marines, undertook a concerted campaign to clear and secure al Qaim District in western Iraq.

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