The Second Siege of Sadr City: The US Military Vs. Sadr’s Militia

Nothing like a little ‘splodey to start the day.

Sadr  City is one of the infamous slums of Baghdad. Back in my day, the Army had no realistic doctrine for fighting in cities. We paid a little lip service to it, but in reality, tried very hard to avoid it.  Heavy units- mech infantry, and armor, especially tried hard to avoid combat in close terrain like cities. In 7 years in mech units, I never once trained in a built up area.

Reality, however, has a tendency to intrude upon fantasy. The fact is, much of the terrain worth fighting for in large parts of the world in in the cities. American forces fighting in Baghdad and other Iraqi cities quickly learned to adapt the barebones doctrine that existed to the reality on the ground. They used the massive firepower available to them to minimize exposure to enemy fires. They quickly learned how to minimize exposure to enemy anti-armor weapons. And they learned how to integrate the fires of heavy weapons and air support with the agility of dismounted troops.

There’s a huge pool of US troops that are extremely well versed in this most difficult of fighting- city fighting.

**some NSFW langueage**

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4 thoughts on “The Second Siege of Sadr City: The US Military Vs. Sadr’s Militia”

  1. Interesting, I spent more time flying over that shit hole than I care to remember.

    When I first flew there in 2004 anytime you got close to that place the rounds coming out of there looking like the trench scene from Star Wars. Took us a while to get around to it, but we finally cleaned out that vipers nest.

  2. Good troops exhibit one trait that has been fostered by all good Armies, flexibility. Our ability to adapt to reality, regardless of what the stars saddle us with, has made us one of the deadliest Armies in history. I have no doubt that we could have given Rome serious pause.

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