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Discussion: David E. Johnson: “Battle of Sadr City”

Dr. David Johnson is the Director, Chief of Staff of the Army Strategic Studies Group. He will discuss the findings of his study of the 2008 Battle of Sadr City (co-authored with M. Wade Markel, and Brian Shannon). The authors conclude that the Battle of Sadr City, which took place nearly 15 months after the beginning of the US “surge” in Iraq, presents a new model for dealing with insurgent control of urban areas. Unlike previous urban operations against insurgents, in which cities were essentially besieged and then stormed, the objective in this battle was not to take and clear Sadr City but to create conditions that would make it both impossible for the insurgents to operate effectively and possible to restore security to the broader population.


Light refreshments will be served prior to the talk at 7:00pm. Please RSVP here. For more information, please contact Carolyn Pumphrey ( or call 919-613-9280.


Sponsored by the Triangle Institute for Security Studies.

Tue Apr 2 11:30pm – Wed Apr 3, 2013 12:30am GMT (no daylight saving)
The William and Ida Center 100 Center Drive, Windflower AB Chapel Hill (map)