The Battle of Baqubah
(March 2007 – September 2007) took place during the Iraq War in the capital of the Iraqi province Diyala
, to the north-east of Baghdad
. It began in early March 2007, when US and Iraqi forces commenced preliminary operations to "establish a presence in Diyala beyond their Forward Operating Base".
In June 2007 as part of a larger country wide offensive, Operation Arrowhead Ripper
was launched to gain control of Baqubah and its surrounding areas from the insurgents. Baqubah was largely pacified as a result of this operation although insurgent presence still remained in the capital and throughout the province.
In August 2007, Operation Phantom Strike
was launched throughout northern Iraq in order to capitalize on the gains made during Operation Phantom Thunder. As part of this offensive, Operation Lightning Hammer
was launched to the northeast of Baqubah.
In late 2006 Al Qaeda in Iraq forces began a quiet troop build up in Baqubah, naming it the capital of their "Islamic State of Iraq". As a result of the Baghdad Security Plan
, in early 2007 Al Qaeda in Iraq forces withdrew from Baghdad in large numbers and began furthering operations in Diyala province. The insurgents fortified the province with observation posts, fighting positions, IEDs, and booby-trapped... Read More