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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 Course of the War until the Conquest of Baghdad (20 March–13 April 2003)

(p.671) Chapter 41 The Last War
Wars of Modern Babylon

Pesach Malovany IDF (Ret.)

Amatzia Baram

Kevin M. Woods

Ronna Englesberg

University Press of Kentucky

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 course of the war until the conquest of Baghdad (20 March–13 April, 2003), starting with the aerial attack called “Shock and Awe”. It continues to describe the Coalition’s air attacks all over Iraq and their effect, the ground campaign in southern Iraq (20-24 March) and the different battles waged by the Coalition forces. It describes the conduct of the war by the Iraqis at this stage, the crucial battle in the Najaf-Karbala area (25 March-3 April), their belief in the coming threat from the direction of Jordan, as well as the crucial meeting of the Iraqi senior commanders with Qusay and the fatal decision taken by him.

Keywords:   Operation “Iraqi Freedom”, the coalition forces, the Iraqi “regular” army, the Republican Guard, “Jerusalem Army”, “Fidai Saddam”, The party militia, US Army, US Marines, British Army

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