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Many Insurgents Apparently Fled From Fallujah. As this story reported, "...advance U.S. and Iraqi government warnings gave the militants plenty of time to get out of town, and it appears many did just that."
"often booby-trapped rubble of Fallujah." - CBN News
booby-trapped barricades " - CNN.
"Three marines have been killed in an explosion as they entered a booby-trapped building in central Fallujah."
I view this as an obvious ploy to get votes because if you voted for Bush, then Fallujah would be invaded and end the insurgency. If you didn't vote for Bush, then the war would be ruined and the American people would be responsible for letting the insurgency continue. All this according to the media.
The Second Battle of Fallujah (code-named Operation Al-Fajr - "The Dawn" in Arabic, and Operation Phantom Fury) was a joint U.S.-Iraqi offensive led by the U.S. Marine Corps against the Iraqi insurgency stronghold in the city of Fallujah, 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 Hue City in Vietnam."
 U.S. preparation for the battle
* November 7, 2004: U.S. Marines stage just north of Fallujah. The city, having now been under complete insurgent control with no American presence since April, there are a large numbers of booby traps and IEDs constructed and set in place. Additionally, elevated sniper positions were created along with heavily fortified defensive positions throughout the city, in preparation for a major offensive. American UAVs observe insurgents conducting live-fire exercises in the city in preparation for the coming attack.
* November 8, 2004: Operation Phantom Fury begins.
Now why wouldn't the insurgents just leave town when they new the assault was coming? This is common sense.
Nevertheless the battle proved to be less than the decisive engagement that the U.S. military had hoped for, some of the nonlocal insurgents were believed to have fled before the military assault along with Zarqawi, leaving mostly local militants behind. Subsequent U.S. military operations against insurgent positions were ineffective at drawing out insurgents into another open battle, and by September 2006 the situation had deteriorated to the point that the Al-Anbar province that contained Falluja was reported to be in total insurgent control by the U.S. Marine Corps, with the exception of only pacified Fallujah, but now with an insurgent-plagued Ramadi
In fact, in my opinion,
making the assault pointless.
The recapture of the city itself proved to be largely a success for U.S. forces, with a large number of local insurgent fighters being killed, and the momentum the Sunni rebellion had gained from controlling the city being dashed in the face of overwhelming U.S. firepower. Furthermore, al-Qaeda's foothold in Iraq had been seriously degraded, even though its leader Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi managed to escape. Insurgent elements almost immediately began to attempt to re-group their power base in the city, with limited results.
This also gave them advanced warnings and let them set up booby traps for our troops, as reported by CBS News and CNN:
Originally posted by solo1
Americans they don't make em like they use too I guess.