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Author Johnson, David E. (David Eugene), 1950-
Title The 2008 battle of Sadr City / David E. Johnson, M. Wade Markel, Brian Shannon.
Imprint Santa Monica Calif. : RAND, 2011.

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Author Johnson, David E. (David Eugene), 1950-
Series Occasional paper (Rand Corporation) ; OP-335-A
Occasional paper (Rand Corporation) ; OP-335-A.
Subject Sadr City, Battle of, Baghdad, Iraq, 2008.
Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Campaigns -- Iraq -- Baghdad.
Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Urban warfare -- Case studies.
Counterinsurgency -- Iraq -- Baghdad.
Alt Name Markel, M. Wade.
Shannon, Brian.
Rand Corporation.
Arroyo Center.
United States. Army.
Add Title Two-thousand-eight battle of Sadr City
Description 1 online resource (xiii, 21 pages) : color illustrations, color maps
polychrome. rdacc
Note "Prepared for the United States Army."
"Rand Arroyo Center."
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (page 21).
Contents The 2008 battle of Sadr City -- Background -- Methodology -- Setting conditions -- The area of operations -- Mission: stop the rockets and defeat criminal militias in Sadr City -- The ground fight in Sadr City: heavy armor matters -- The counter rocket fight -- Exploitation -- Key insights from the fight -- Reimagining urban operations as wide area security missions.
Summary "The 2008 Battle of Sadr City, which took place in Baghdad nearly 15 months after the beginning of the U.S. "surge" in Iraq, has received relatively little scholarly attention. However, the coalition's defeat of Jaish al-Mahdi after six weeks of high-intensity fighting offers important lessons for the U.S. Army as it prepares for future operations. Using after-action reports, briefings, other primary sources, and interviews with combatants and officials involved in the fighting and its aftermath, the authors describe the battle, analyze its outcome, and derive implications for the conduct of land operations. Their analysis identifies the following factors as critical to the coalition victory: supporting ground maneuver elements with integrated intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities and strike assets; the key roles played by heavy forces, snipers, and special operations forces; decentralized decisionmaking; capable indigenous security forces; and rapid transitions from phase to phase. The authors conclude that the Battle of Sadr City presents a new model for dealing with insurgent control of urban areas: treating an urban area as a wide-area security mission. Unlike previous urban operations against insurgents, in which cities were essentially besieged and then stormed, the objective in this battle was not to take and clear Sadr City but to create conditions that would make it both impossible for the insurgents to operate effectively and possible to restore security to the broader population."--Page 4 of cover.
ISBN 9780833058140 (e-book)
0833058142
9780833058140
9780833053022
0833053027
9780833053015 (pbk. alk. paper)
0833053019 (pbk. alk. paper)
OCLC # 832603599
Additional Format Print version: Johnson, David E. (David Eugene), 1950- 2008 battle of Sadr City. Santa Monica Calif. : RAND, 2011 (DLC) 2011030374


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