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Wars of Modern BabylonA History of the Iraqi Army from 1921 to 2003$
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Pesach Malovany

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780813169439

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813169439.001.0001

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The Last War

The Last War

The “Decisive War” (Operation “Iraqi Freedom”)—The Fall of the Regime and Summary of the Campaign

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(p.684) Chapter 42 The Last War
Source:
Wars of Modern Babylon
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Pesach Malovany IDF (Ret.)

Amatzia Baram

Kevin M. Woods

Ronna Englesberg

Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813169439.003.0044

This chapter deals with the last war between Iraq and the Coalition forces in 2003—Operation “Iraqi Freedom”, called by the Iraqis the "Decisive War. It describes the battle for Baghdad and the last days of the Iraqi regime (3-9 April). It describes also the fighting in south Iraq and in the northern part of it and the final collapse of the Iraqi Army. It also deals with Saddam’s role in this war and his responsibility for the Iraqi defeat, the causes of Iraq’s defeat and the defects in preparing for the war and conducting it by the Iraqis.

Keywords:   Operation “Iraqi Freedom”, the coalition forces, the Iraqi “regular” army, the Republican Guard, “Jerusalem Army”, “Fidai Saddam”, US Army, US Marines, British Army, Lessons from the war

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