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Iraq: Firefight between U.S. Troops and Insurgents in Ramadi - 2006




“Whole neighborhoods are lawless, too dangerous for police. Some roads are so bomb-laden that U.S. troops won’t use them. Guerrillas attack U.S. troops nearly every time they venture out - and hit their bases with gunfire, rockets or mortars when they don’t. Though not powerful enough to overrun U.S. positions, insurgents here in the heart of the Sunni Muslim triangle have fought undermanned U.S. and Iraqi forces to a virtual stalemate.


“‘It’s out of control,’ says Army Sgt. 1st Class Britt Ruble, behind the sandbags of an observation post in the capital of Anbar province. ‘We don’t have control of this ... we just don’t have enough boots on the ground.’ […]”


Excerpt of an Associated Press article from May 22nd, 2006.

Scene from a Ramadi firefight


The Video



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Scenes from Ramadi

Marines on patrol in Ramadi

After a car bomb attack

Ramadi insurgents

Video & Photo Credits


The Video


1) The undated video, which was probably shot in 2006, was recorded by U.S. troops during a firefight with insurgents in Ramadi;


Scenes from Ramadi


1) U.S. Marines from the 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment's Kilo Company run across a war-battered road to avoid snipers on their way back to a base in Ramadi, Iraq, last month. - April 2006 - Todd Pitman/Associated Press;

2) A man holds a piece of a broken machine gun found among the remains of a destroyed vehicle, believed to be a U.S. Humvee. - November 2006 - Bilal Hussein/Associated Press;

3) Insurgents engage in street fighting in Ramadi on Saturday. - February 19th, 2005 - Associated Press;

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