Into The Danger Zone

U.S. paratroopers stage a show of force in Fallujah, the heart of the Iraqi resistance. The rebels immediately pick a fight

Charlie Company had never done a foot patrol in downtown Fallujah before. There's a good reason: Fallujah is the most dangerous place in Iraq for a U.S. soldier to set boots to ground. The 82nd Airborne Division took command of Fallujah and its environs last month and wants to increase its presence inside the town that plays host to Iraq's most active resistance network. Taming the city that detonates an average of three homemade bombs a day against coalition forces is a duty of the 1-505 Parachute Infantry Regiment. On Thursday afternoon, Charlie Company's first platoon took the inaugural walk through...

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