Friday Firepower – Operation Phantom Fury

from The Brigade – Operation Phantom Fury (33 Photos)

This shot is from Operation Phantom Fury.

The?Second Battle of Fallujah ??code-names Operation?Al-Fajr (Arabic, “the dawn”) and?Operation Phantom Fury ? was a joint?U.S.-Iraqi -Britishoffensive in November and December?2004, considered the highest point of conflict in?Fallujah during the Iraq War. It was led by the?U.S. Marine Corps?against the?Iraqi insurgency stronghold in the city of?Fallujah and was authorized by the?U.S.-appointed?Iraqi Interim Government. The U.S. military called it “some of the heaviest?urban combat U.S. Marines have been involved in since the?Battle of Hu? City in?Vietnam in?1968.”

This operation was the second major operation in Fallujah. Earlier, in April 2004, Coalition Forces fought the?First Battle of Fallujah in order to capture or kill insurgent elements considered responsible for the deaths of a?Blackwater Security team. When Coalition Forces (majority being U.S. Marines) fought into the center of the city, the Iraqi government requested that the city’s control be transferred to an Iraqi-run local security force, which then began stockpiling weapons and building complex defenses across the city in mid-2004. This was the bloodiest battle of the Iraq War to date, and is notable for being the first major engagement of the?Iraq War fought solely against insurgents rather than the forces of the former?Baathist Iraqi government.


Operation Phantom Fury