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Past Battles Won and Lost Helped in Falluja Assault

Having telegraphed for weeks that an assault on Falluja was imminent, American military commanders still managed to preserve an element of surprise when they swept down from the north to meet the entrenched enemy fighters this month, according to a retelling of the campaign by the officers in charge. They did it with classic feinting tactics, keeping their probing strikes and troop movements concentrated on the other sides of the surrounded city, said Lt. Gen. Thomas F. Metz, the commander of day-to-day military operations in Iraq. And sure enough, said Lt. Gen. John F. Sattler, the senior Marine commander in Iraq, when the real assault began in the late hours of Nov. 8, the troops pushed forward to find that “the defenses were oriented towards the south and were oriented towards the southeast.”Full Story

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