The 2008 Battle of Sadr City: Reimagining Urban Combat

The 2008 Battle of Sadr City: Reimagining Urban Combat

The 2008 Battle of Sadr City: Reimagining Urban Combat

The 2008 Battle of Sadr City: Reimagining Urban Combat

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This monograph was written as part of a project that assessed U.S. military operations in Sadr City, principally in spring and early summer 2008, to stop Shiite extremists from firing short-range rockets and mortars into the International Zone. These operations also set the conditions to allow stability and Iraqi government control to be extended to the whole of Baghdad. This study of the Battle of Sadr City offers insights and lessons learned that can inform a broader understanding of urban operations— particularly those conducted as part of irregular warfare—and thereby help the Army understand what capabilities it will need in the future.

This research was sponsored by the Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8, Headquarters, Department of the Army, and is being conducted in R AND Arroyo Center’s Strategy, Doctrine, and Resources Program. RAND Arroyo Center, part of the RAND Corporation, is a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the United States Army.

The Project Unique Identification Code (PUIC) for the project that produced this document is ASPMO09462.

Questions and comments regarding this research are welcome and should be directed to the leader of the research team, David E. Johnson, at davidj@rand.org.

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