Nasiriyah - Battle For The Bridges

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"When 7,000 US Marines were sent to the southern city of Nasiriyah in the early stages of the American invasion of Iraq, to secure a supply route over the River Euphrates, they weren't expecting serious opposition. But the Marines ended up in the longest and one of the bloodiest battles of the war, suffering scores of casualties. Hundreds of Iraqi civilians were killed and injured, as the city was subjected to intense us bombardment. So how did the Americans so misjudge Nasiriyah? Why did the Iraqis make a stand here? And for the residents who endured the bombing, followed by looting and chaos, what's life like now? Andrew North was an embedded correspondent with the Marine unit during the fighting, and has been back to Nasiriyah. " / When 7,000 US Marines were sent to the southern city of Nasiriyah in the early stages of the American invasion of Iraq, to secure a supply route over the River Euphrates, they weren't expecting serious opposition. But the Marines ended up in one of the bloodiest battles of the war, suffering scores of casualties. Hundreds of Iraqi civilians were killed and injured, as the city was subjected to intense US bombardment. So how did the Americans so misjudge Nasiriyah? Why did the Iraqis make a stand here? And for the residents who endured the bombing, followed by looting and chaos, what's life like now? Andrew North was an embedded correspondent with the Marine unit during the fighting, and has been back to Nasiriyah.