PHOTO ESSAY: Marines patrol Fallujah streets


Submitted by:1st Marine Division

Story Identification #:200411139140

Story by Sgt. Luis R. Agostini

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FALLUJAH, Iraq (Nov. 13, 2004) --

Despite the heavy support from Marine Corps aircraft, artillery and tanks, Marines with Company I, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, are finding door charges, sledgehammers and mule kicks to be some of the most effective weapons when gaining entry into buildings in Fallujah, Iraq.

Marines returned to Fallujah at the request of the Interim Iraqi Government to assist Iraqi Security Forces in eliminating Anti-Iraqi Force sanctuaries in Fallujah. The IIG is looking forward to restoring a legitimate government in the city.

Marines explore every option available to maneuver through the narrow, uncertain streets of Fallujah. Whether it's a lance corporal's leaping kick through a steel door, or an entire squad of Marines jumping rooftops with more than 100 pounds of gear on their backs, the fearless Marines stop at nothing to wipe out the insurgency that has overrun Fallujah.

Their persistence in the meticulous clearing of Fallujah houses and buildings has delivered captured enemy combatants, weapons caches and valuable information on the Fallujah insurgents, many of whom have fled the dangerous city.

Operating in urban environments like Fallujah are some of the most dangerous military operations that can be conducted. The Marines have come across apartments laced with improvised explosive devices. The also received AK-47 and rocket-propelled grenade fire from mosques, cemeteries and overrun apartment complexes.

Photos included with story:
A Marine with Company I, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, aims in on anti-Iraqi forces 

                from inside a building in Fallujah, Iraq, Nov. 9, 2004. At the request of the Interim Iraqi Government, 

                Multi-National Forces in Iraq along with ISF began Operation Phantom Fury to eliminate AIF sanctuaries in 

                Fallujah and allow the IIG to restore a legitimate government to the city. Photo by: Sgt. Luis R. 

                Agostini

A Marine with Company I, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, aims in on anti-Iraqi forces from inside a building in Fallujah, Iraq, Nov. 9, 2004. At the request of the Interim Iraqi Government, Multi-National Forces in Iraq along with ISF began Operation Phantom Fury to eliminate AIF sanctuaries in Fallujah and allow the IIG to restore a legitimate government to the city. Photo by: Sgt. Luis R. Agosti

 
Marines with Company I, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, patrol the streets of Fallujah, Iraq, Nov. 

                9, 2004. At the request of the Interim Iraqi Government, Multi-National Forces in Iraq along with ISF began Operation 

                Phantom Fury to eliminate AIF sanctuaries in Fallujah and allow the IIG to restore a legitimate government to the 

                city. Photo by: Sgt. Luis R. Agostini

Marines with Company I, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, patrol the streets of Fallujah, Iraq, Nov. 9, 2004. At the request of the Interim Iraqi Government, Multi-National Forces in Iraq along with ISF began Operation Phantom Fury to eliminate AIF sanctuaries in Fallujah and allow the IIG to restore a legitimate government to the city. Photo by: Sgt. Luis R. Agostini

 
A Marine with Company I, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, kicks in a door in Fallujah, Iraq, Nov. 10, 2004. 

                At the request of the Interim Iraqi Government, Multi-National Forces in Iraq along with ISF began Operation Phantom Fury 

                to eliminate AIF sanctuaries in Fallujah and allow the IIG to restore a legitimate government to the city. Photo by: Sgt. 

                

                Luis R. Agostini

A Marine with Company I, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, kicks in a door in Fallujah, Iraq, Nov. 10, 2004. At the request of the Interim Iraqi Government, Multi-National Forces in Iraq along with ISF began Operation Phantom Fury to eliminate AIF sanctuaries in Fallujah and allow the IIG to restore a legitimate government to the city. Photo by: Sgt. Luis R. Agostini

 
Marines with Company I, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, rest inside of a building in Fallujah, Iraq, Nov. 9, 2004. 

                At the request of the Interim Iraqi Government, Multi-National Forces in Iraq along with ISF began Operation Phantom Fury to eliminate 

                AIF sanctuaries in Fallujah and allow the IIG to restore a legitimate government to the city. Photo by: Sgt. Luis R. Agostini

Marines with Company I, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, rest inside of a building in Fallujah, Iraq, Nov. 9, 2004. At the request of the Interim Iraqi Government, Multi-National Forces in Iraq along with ISF began Operation Phantom Fury to eliminate AIF sanctuaries in Fallujah and allow the IIG to restore a legitimate government to the city. Photo by: Sgt. Luis R. Agostini

 

 
Marines with Company I, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, patrol through rubble in Fallujah, Iraq, Nov. 9, 2004. At the 

                request of the Interim Iraqi Government, Multi-National Forces in Iraq along with ISF began Operation Phantom Fury to eliminate AIF 

                sanctuaries in Fallujah and allow the IIG to restore a legitimate government to the city. Photo by: Sgt. Luis R. Agostini

Marines with Company I, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, patrol through rubble in Fallujah, Iraq, Nov. 9, 2004. At the request of the Interim Iraqi Government, Multi-National Forces in Iraq along with ISF began Operation Phantom Fury to eliminate AIF sanctuaries in Fallujah and allow the IIG to restore a legitimate government to the city. Photo by: Sgt. Luis R. Agostini

 

 
Marines with Company I, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, enter the streets of Fallujah, Iraq, through a hole they created 

                Nov. 9, 2004. At the request of the Interim Iraqi Government, Multi-National Forces in Iraq along with ISF began Operation Phantom Fury 

                to eliminate AIF sanctuaries in Fallujah and allow the IIG to restore a legitimate government to the city. Photo by: Sgt. Luis R. 

                Agostini

Marines with Company I, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, enter the streets of Fallujah, Iraq, through a hole they created Nov. 9, 2004. At the request of the Interim Iraqi Government, Multi-National Forces in Iraq along with ISF began Operation Phantom Fury to eliminate AIF sanctuaries in Fallujah and allow the IIG to restore a legitimate government to the city. Photo by: Sgt. Luis R. Agostini

 

 
Marines with Company I, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, climb to the top of a rooftop in Fallujah, Iraq, Nov. 9, 2004. 

                At the request of the Interim Iraqi Government, Multi-National Forces in Iraq along with ISF began Operation Phantom Fury to eliminate 

                AIF sanctuaries in Fallujah and allow the IIG to restore a legitimate government to the city. Photo by: Sgt. Luis R. Agostini

Marines with Company I, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, climb to the top of a rooftop in Fallujah, Iraq, Nov. 9, 2004. At the request of the Interim Iraqi Government, Multi-National Forces in Iraq along with ISF began Operation Phantom Fury to eliminate AIF sanctuaries in Fallujah and allow the IIG to restore a legitimate government to the city. Photo by: Sgt. Luis R. Agostini

 

 
A Marine with Company I, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, takes cover from a car explosion in Fallujah, Iraq, Nov. 9, 2004. 

                At the request of the Interim Iraqi Government, Multi-National Forces in Iraq along with ISF began Operation Phantom Fury to eliminate 

                AIF sanctuaries in Fallujah and allow the IIG to restore a legitimate government to the city. Photo by: Sgt. Luis R. Agostini

A Marine with Company I, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, takes cover from a car explosion in Fallujah, Iraq, Nov. 9, 2004. At the request of the Interim Iraqi Government, Multi-National Forces in Iraq along with ISF began Operation Phantom Fury to eliminate AIF sanctuaries in Fallujah and allow the IIG to restore a legitimate government to the city. Photo by: Sgt. Luis R. Agostini

 

 
Marines with Company I, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, patrol the streets of Fallujah, Iraq, Nov. 9, 2004. At the 

                request of the Interim Iraqi Government, Multi-National Forces in Iraq along with ISF began Operation Phantom Fury to eliminate AIF 

                sanctuaries in Fallujah and allow the IIG to restore a legitimate government to the city. Photo by: Sgt. Luis R. Agostini

Marines with Company I, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, patrol the streets of Fallujah, Iraq, Nov. 9, 2004. At the request of the Interim Iraqi Government, Multi-National Forces in Iraq along with ISF began Operation Phantom Fury to eliminate AIF sanctuaries in Fallujah and allow the IIG to restore a legitimate government to the city. Photo by: Sgt. Luis R. Agostini

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