Monday, September 20, 2004
Al Anbar Governorate stretches from the western approaches to Baghdad to the Jordanian frontier. Al Anbar is Iraq's largest governorate, and stretches from the Syrian frontier in the north to the Saudi frontier in the south. It is mostly a vast expanse of inhospitable desert and scrubland, with most tillable land abutting the Euphrates River.
In this rather sparse environment the war against the jihadi will be fought and won. Most of our casualties over the past year have occured here, as the jihadists have found warm welcome among some of the local inhabitants. The fulcrum of resistance to the Coalition forces can be found in Fallujah, Ramadi, and a few other towns. They will be examined in the next post.