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)
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.
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