FALLUJAH REDUX

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FALLUJAH REDUX
The Anbar Awakening and the Struggle with Al-Qaeda
  • ISBN/SKU: 9781612511429
  • Binding: Hardcover & eBook
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  • Number of Pages: 192
  • Subject: Iraq War
  • Date Available: September 2014
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  • Watch Daniel Green & William Mullen III discuss Fallujah Redux at Politics & Prose on C-SPAN's "Book TV."

Praise for Fallujah Redux ~

"This is a great work that fills a much needed gap in explaining why the surge was successful in reducing violence in Iraq from 2006-2008. Fallujah Redux tells a story our Armed Forces should be proud of for the hard-fought accomplishments in a very difficult situation, and it should help the reader understand some of the complexities facing today’s military. One hopes that many of the lessons of this book will be incorporated by our policy makers and military leaders so that we can end this cycle of deployments to a troubled but very important country to our security."

—Naval History Book Reviews (NHF)

"The heart of the book focuses on Operation Alljah and the decisive four months from June to September 2007 during which the mythical 'tipping point' was reached and the population shifted overwhelmingly to the side of the local government. The story brings to life the central tenets of counterinsurgency theory and doctrine, illustrating the synergistic effects than can be achieved by a well-prepared, flexible and professional counterinsurgency force operating hand in hand with a representative, credible and legitimate host nation government. Moving beyond the cliché of 'hearts and minds,' the more power themes of trust, ownership, restraint, patience and perseverance take on real meaning. This is what rights looks like when it comes to operating 'by, with and through' at the tactical level."

—Leatherneck

"Fallujah Redux is keenly insightful, candid, and an absolute 'must-read,' especially recommended for collections about modern military history, nation-building, and the ongoing conflicts in Iraq."

—The Midwest Book Review

“As the world's attention once again turns to the renewed civil war in Iraq, Fallujah Redux is a timely reminder that the right combination of force and diplomacy can turn even the most dire situation around. Daniel Green and William Mullen were serving in Fallujah the last time al-Qaeda linked extremists had control of the city and much of surrounding Anbar province. They show how U.S. and Iraqi forces were able to defeat the insurgency in a well reported and analytically smart book that will be of great interest to Iraq specialists and the general reader alike.” —Peter Bergen, author of Manhunt:  The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden from 9/11 to Abbottabad

Fallujah Redux is an extremely important book written by two of the participants in the Tribal Awakening of 2007. Green, a tribal engagement officer, and Mullen, a Marine battalion commander, worked in the trenches with the Iraqis of Anbar to pacify the province at the height of the violence wracking the country. Their richly detailed, authoritative account of what they did and what happened will help set the record straight—and help future historians understand America's role in the Middle East at this juncture.” —Linda Robinson, author of One Hundred Victories:  Special Ops and the Future of American Warfare and Tell Me How This Ends:  David Petraeus and the Search for a Way Out of Iraq

“This insightful book presents a model of how determined, patient Americans can nurture local indigenous leaders and succeed in defeating a vicious insurgency inside a city. It is also a warning. The principles set forth in the book are sound. But the success of the Marines and the benevolent power gained by the Fallujah city council collapsed due to sectarian misrule by the central government in Baghdad. Authors Green and Mullen should be translated into Arabic as required reading for all Iraqi officials.” —Bing West, author of One Million Steps:  A Marine Platoon at War

“I met one of these authors, Dan Green, in Fallujah back in 2007. Dan knows Fallujah and he knows al-Anbar. This is a good book and it's an important book—one I hope our national leaders will read. Fallujah Redux has much to offer our policymakers as the ISIS challenge the government we left behind in Iraq.” —Dick Couch, author of Always Faithful, Always Forward:  The Forging of a Special Operations Marine and Act of Revenge

“In Fallujah Redux, Dan Green and William Mullen have managed to synthesize the authors’ personal stories of deployment to Iraq with a complex narrative of the counterinsurgency campaign that fought extremists in Fallujah. Their fascinating account offers an expert level of detail on the city’s local politics during 2007 and serves as a valuable resource for scholars and practitioners of military doctrine. This well-written book is essential for readers interested in counterinsurgency, the history of Anbar province and America’s involvement in Iraq.” Bill Ardolino, associate editor of The Long War Journal and the author of Fallujah Awakens: Marines, Sheikhs and the Battle Against Al Qaeda

“Green and Mullen hit the nail on the head. Fallujah Redux is a finely-woven tale of the challenges U.S. service members faced in the campaign to wrest control of Fallujah from Iraq’s insurgency. It underscores the reality that, once the initial kinetic phase of a counterinsurgent campaign concludes, the real work has only just begun. Green and Mullen reveal counterinsurgency for what it is: grinding, complex work that rarely bears immediate, tangible fruit. A timely contribution to the current body of literature, Fallujah Redux is a must-read for anyone seeking to insight into a war that the American people are quickly forgetting.” —Lt. Col. Seth W.B. Folsom, USMC, author of In the Gray Area: A Marine Advisor Team at War


Fallujah Redux is the first book about the Fallujah Awakening written by Operation Iraqi Freedom military veterans who served there, providing a comprehensive account of the turning of Fallujah away from the al-Qaeda insurgency in 2007. The city of Fallujah will long be associated with some of the worst violence and brutality of the Iraq War. Initially occupied by U.S. forces in 2003, it eventually served as the headquarters for numerous insurgent groups operating west of Baghdad, including al-Qaeda in Iraq and its leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, until forcibly retaken at the end of 2004.

Once the city was finally cleared, U.S. forces settled into the routine of waging a low-intensity warfare campaign against insurgent forces and trying to set the conditions for Iraqi government control. Even though U.S. forces were winning tactically, they struggled with a population that still strongly supported the insurgency. By the middle of 2007, four years after the initial invasion of Iraq, the city of Fallujah and its surrounding countryside were still mired in a seemingly intractable insurgency. As Anbar Province’s tribes began to turn against al-Qaeda, Fallujah’s residents were waiting for the movement to push eastward to help them eliminate al-Qaeda but they needed the help of U.S. forces. A concerted pacification campaign, in coordination with tribal efforts, was implemented by U.S. and Iraqi security forces that fundamentally altered local security conditions in Fallujah.

This book describes the campaign that turned Fallujah from a perennial insurgent hotspot to an example of what can be achieved by the right combination of leadership and perseverance. Many books have told of the major battles in Fallujah—this book tells the rest of the story that never made the news.

Author royalties from the first edition will be donated to the Semper Fi Fund, www.semperfifund.org.

DANIEL R. GREEN is a defense fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy in Washington, D.C. He served in Fallujah, Iraq, in 2007 as a tribal and leadership engagement officer and is a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve. He received his PhD in political science from The George Washington University in 2012.  Follow Dan Green on Twitter @fallujahredux

BRIG. GEN. WILLIAM F. MULLEN III, USMC is a twenty-seven-year Marine infantry officer based in Quantico, Virginia, whose experience with Fallujah began when he served in the city as the operations officer for a Marine regimental combat team from 2005 to 2006, then as an infantry battalion commander in charge of the city for most of 2007.

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