Battle for the City of the Dead: In the Shadow of the Golden Dome, Najaf, August 2004

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MBI Publishing Company, Mar 28, 2011 - History - 320 pages
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DIV DIVIn the spring and summer of 2004, Iraq was coming apart at the seams. Sectarian violence pitted Shiite against Sunni. American proconsul L. Paul Bremer had disbanded the Iraqi Army, placing disgruntled young men on the street without jobs or the prospect of getting one. Their anger developed into a full-blown insurgency fed by a relentless campaign by the clergy for jihad against the “occupation force.” In August, a Shiite cleric named Muqtada Al-Sadr called upon his thousands of armed followers, the Mahdi Militia, to resist the occupation. Fighting broke out in several locations, including the holy city of Najaf, the site of the largest Moslem cemetery in the world, and the Imam Ali Mosque. The U.S. forces fought in 120-degree heat through a tangle of crypts, mausoleums, and crumbling graves. The fight was brutal, pitting religious zealots against the highly motivated and disciplined U.S. Army and Marine Corps troops. It makes for a riveting account of Americans in battle./div /div

 

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Contents

Wadi alSalaam Cemetery
1
Chapter 1 Valley of Peace
7
Chapter 2 Muqtada alSadr
19
Chapter 3 Uprising
33
Chapter 4 Back to the Brawl
51
Chapter 5 Revolutionary Circle
71
Chapter 6 Reinforcements
101
Chapter 7 Once More into the Breach
127
Chapter 10 Tomb Job
205
Chapter 11 Ghost Attack
227
Chapter 12 Endgame
253
Chapter 13 CeaseFire
281
Parting Shots
291
Battle Time Line
297
Bibliography
299
Index
305

Chapter 8 Painful Negotiations and Fateful Decisions
149
Chapter 9 Raids and Feints
179

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DIV DIV DIVDick Camp is a retired Marine Corps colonel and the author of Lima-6, a memoir of his service as a Marine infantry company commander at Khe Sanh. He has written several combat histories of the U.S. Marines, including The Devil Dogs at Belleau Wood, Battleship Arizona’s Marines at War, Iwo Jima Recon, Last Man Standing: The 1st Marine Regiment on Peleliu, and Operation Phantom Fury: The Assault and Capture of Fallujah, Iraq. He is also the author of Leatherneck Legends: Conversations with the Marine Corps’ Old Breed and has published over sixty articles in various military-oriented magazines, including Vietnam, World War II, Marine Corps Gazette, and Leatherneck. Camp is currently the vice president for museum operations at the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, overseeing the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Virginia./div /div /div

 

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