FALLUJAH REDUX

THE ANBAR AWAKENING AND THE STRUGGLE WITH AL-QAEDA
By DANIEL R. GREEN AND WILLIAM F. MULLEN III























“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
“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

“I met Dan Green in Fallujah back in 2007. He 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 they grapple with the challenges to 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

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“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. A
timely contribution to the current body of literature, Fallujah Redux is a must-read for anyone
seeking 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

he 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 the city was 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 the Islamist threat, 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.
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. This book describes the campaign that turned
Fallujah from a perennial insurgent hotspot to an example of what can be achieved with 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.


FALLUJAH REDUX: The Anbar Awakening and the Struggle with Al-Qaeda
By Daniel R. Green and William F. Mullen III
Publication date: 15 September 2014
192 pp., 20 photos, 3 maps, index. Hardcover list price: $37.95 │ £22.39
ISBN: 978-1-61251-142-9 │ History • Iraq War
eBook edition also available.

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