first published on March 23, 2016 by Josh
On March 23, 2003 Marines began an attack through the city of An Nasiriyah, Iraq to capture the Saddam Canal Bridge on the northern end of the city.
The battle for Nasiriyah was one of the bloodiest battles of Operation Iraqi Freedom. 18 men were killed, and another 15 were wounded during the fight. Many mistakes were made by the coalition, and a lot of good men lost their lives, or had them permanently changed.
The Marines entered the city around noon with the intent of capturing the Saddam Canal Bridge on the northern most end of Nasiriyah. The purpose was to take the city, and bridge, in order to allow follow on forces to continue attacking towards the Iraqi capital city of Baghdad.
The fastest, and most efficient route to the bridge, was up a narrow 3 mile stretch of road. This infamous route through Nasiriyah was known to the Marines and Soldiers as ‘Ambush Alley’ because it was lined with buildings and alleys. These danger areas gave the Fedayeen militiamen and Baath Party loyalists a distinct advantage in the fight.