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The 2008 battle of Sadr City: reimagining urban combat

The 2008 battle of Sadr City: reimagining urban combat

Johnson, David E. (David Eugene), 1950- author; Shannon, Brian, author; Markel, M. Wade, author

In 2008, U.S. and Iraqi forces defeated an uprising in Sadr City, a district of Baghdad with ~2.4 million residents. Coalition forces' success in this battle helped consolidate the Government of Iraq's authority, contributing significantly to the attainment of contemporary U.S. operational objectives in Iraq. U.S. forces' conduct of the battle illustrates a new paradigm for urban combat and indicates capabilities the Army will need in the future

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Published Santa Monica, CA : RAND 2013

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Statement of responsibility: David E. Johnson, M. Wade Markel, Brian Shannon
ISBN: 0833080318, 0833084194, 9780833080288, 9780833080318, 9780833084194
Note: "Prepared for the United States Army, approved for public release; distribution unlimited."
Note: "RR-160-A"--Page 4 of cover.
Note: Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on Mar. 11, 2014).
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: 1 online resource (xxxi, 131 pages) : color illustrations, color maps
Series: RAND Corporation
Subject: Sadr City, Battle of (Baghdad, Iraq : 2008); Iraq War, 2003-2011 Urban warfare.; Iraq Baghdad.; Sadr City, Battle of, Baghdad, Iraq, 2008.; Counterinsurgency.; Iraq War (2003-2011); Iraq War, 2003-2011 Campaigns Iraq Baghdad.; Military campaigns.; HISTORY Middle East General.; Urban warfare.; Counterinsurgency Iraq Baghdad.; Iraq.
Series Title: RAND Corporation.
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  1. Introduction
  2. Setting conditions for the 2008 Battle
  3. conditions on the eve of the Battle of Sadr city
  4. The Battle Begins
  5. Defeating JAM: operation Gold wall
  6. exploiting the Success of Battle
  7. Assessing the outcome of the Battle
  8. reimagining urban combat
  9. Appendix: Analysis of contemporary Arabic Language Sources on the Battle of Sadr city.