March 29, This day during the Iraq War

March 29, 2003 – The Battle of Nasiriyah took place from March 23, 2003 to March 29, 2003, and was one of the first major battles of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Heavy fighting took place in the city of Nasiriyah, Iraq in the southern portion of the country, between Ba’athist Iraqi forces and United States Marines over control of key bridges crossing over the Euphrates River and the Saddam Canal. The battle began early on 23 March when a supply convoy of the United States Army took a wrong turn into the city and was ambushed. Eleven soldiers were killed and six soldiers, including Private First Class Jessica Lynch, were captured. Some soldiers escaped the ambush. Forming a screen around their wounded, they fought off Iraqi counterattacks for several minutes, until being rescued by the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade. After rescuing the soldiers who managed to escape the ambush, the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, under the call sign Task Force Tarawa, attacked north into the city, seizing two major bridges along “Ambush Alley”. Eighteen Marines were killed in heavy urban fighting, including at least one Marine who was killed when A-10s mistakenly strafed a company of Marines north of the Saddam Canal. On the night of March 24–25, the bulk of the Marines of Regimental Combat Team 1 passed through the city over the bridges and attacked north towards Baghdad. However fighting continued in the city until 1 April when Iraqi resistance in the city was finally defeated.  

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