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Season 1 Episode 10

Battlecry Iraq: Ramadi

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Aired Weekdays 10:00 AM Dec 13, 2005 on The History Channel
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Battlecry Iraq: Ramadi
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"Today we are going to kill Americans." That was the warning to shopkeepers in Ramadi's local marketplace on April 6, 2004. Insurgents meant what they said. They intended to harm any and all members of Echo Company -- part of the Second Battalion of the Fourth Marine Regiment. Ramadi, a Sunni stronghold in the Anbar province, is one of the most dangerous places in Iraq. Saddam used it as a power base. Resistance there is fierce. "The Magnificent Bastards" as the 2-4 is called, bore the brunt of hatred and rage as they were ambushed in a well-planned attack. This hour chronicles the 2-4's desperate struggle for survival. They were under fire everywhere and all at once from an enemy that could not be seen. AK-47s, machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades exploded all around. About 50 insurgents positioned themselves on the roofs of one-story buildings and in-between market stalls. They went to work as the Marines rumbled through. The next week-and-a-half would be bloody and deadly -- the worst since the fall of Baghdadmoreless
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