Read, clip & save Battle Of Nasiriyah historic newspaper articles & photos in + newspapers from all 50 states & 22 countries!. the city of an-Nasiriyah, Iraq. As the first large-scale battle fought by U.S. Marines in Operation Iraqi Freedom,. Nasiriyah became a test of the. Battle of An-Nasiriyah: Operation Iraqi Freedom. AshwAni GuptA. Background. Operation Iraqi Freedom (the second phase of the liberation of Iraq) was.

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The Iraqis lost over soldiers killed in action in the battle, with another wounded and 1, captured. Retrieved from ” https: On 4 April, the Associated Press ran a story which stated that Lynch’s father had heard from the doctors attending her, who said that “she had not been shot or stabbed during her ordeal. In the resulting chaos, the th became divided into bsttle smaller groups as it attempted to move south, out of Nasiriyah. Views Read Edit View history. The US vehicles ran into an ambush, drawing enemy fire from every direction.

US losses were 32 dead, 60 wounded, and six captured. The remaining soldiers were rescued by elements of the 1 st Battalion, 2 nd Kf who began their assault on the southern portion of the city.

While the rapid advance was critical for a swift victory, failure to clear batrle and cities of fighters could prove deadly for rear echelon forces supporting the front line. Iraqi casualties were — dead. The New York Times.

On 3 April, The Washington Post ran a front-page story which read: He did not have contact with Charlie Company and was unaware that Marines were so far north.

The ambush was unlikely to have been set nasirijah in advance, because the Iraqis did not know which course the convoy would take. Unbeknownst to the Marines, Iraqi reinforcements also began to enter the city.


Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. The Odyssey of Pat Tillman. The Marines also came under friendly-fire, nasjriyah an Air National Guard A strafed a convoy on the northern outskirts of the town. Joe Dowdy was relieved of command. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Strategic Bombing in World War I. Write for MHO Are we missing articles? More than were wounded and 1, captured.

Contact Brian Williams at: These attacks were nsiriyah and the resulting firefights were lop-sided, with large numbers of militiamen killed. Cas-evac north of Saddam Canal. The Iraqis were unaware of the Marines position, and quickly found themselves in an ambush.

Central Command issued a press release which both minimized certainty and the role of friendly-fire. Date 23—29 March Overwhelmed by their losses, the Iraqis were forced to retreat, allowing the bulk of RCT-1 to continue their advance through the city.

Army report as Group 1 made it through unscathed, and continued south to meet up with the Marines. On the evening of 24 March, Marines from the 2 nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion 2 nd LAR pushed into the city, capturing territory north of where the soldiers nqsiriyah been ambushed the day before. The Marines took heavy casualties in their assault, with 18 killed in action after eight Amphibious Assault Vehicles were destroyed.

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The 51st operated in the south covering the oilfields, and the 6th was north near Al Amarahwhich left three brigade-sized elements of the 11th ID to guard the An Nasiriyah area. Marines batle the Garden of Eden by Richard S. On the morning of 23 Marcha US supply convoy was ambushed in Nasiriyah. Initial reporting of the battle emphasized the supposed heroism of Private First Class Jessica Lynch.


Doubleday, Gattle York The Battle of Nasiriyah was costly for both Iraqi and American forces.

Military History Online – The Battle of An Nasiriyah

Archived from the original on 9 November Date 23—29 March Location Nasiriyah, Iraq. In the opening days of nasjriyah US-led invasion of Iraq, American soldiers and Marines found themselves embattled in the southern Iraqi city of Nasiriyah. As they assaulted north, they were engaged with two anti-aircraft guns defending an Iraqi compound.

Its population is made up almost entirely of Shiite Muslims. Retrieved 1 January The convoy was led by Captain Troy King, a supply officer with little combat training. During this action, the Marines captured two bridges spanning the Euphrates River that were defended by Fedayeen and Ba’ath Party guerrilla soldiers.

Battle of Nasiriyah

As 2nd LAR set up a defensive perimeter for the evening, Iraqi reinforcements were mobilized and sent south to Nasiriyah from Kut, unaware of 2nd LARs defensive position. Small groups of Fedayeen Saddam militia battel hiding throughout the city and launched attacks on Marine patrols with small arms and RPGs. Jessica and nasirihah fellow prisoners were the lucky ones. Archived from the original on 31 December There are not many of us that do not know the story of Jessica Lynch’s ambush, capture, and subsequent rescue.

Group 2 also made it through the kill zone, although their vehicles were badly damaged and had to be abandoned.