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Embedded in Fallujah, Reporter Dexter Filkins
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Embedded in Fallujah, Reporter Dexter Filkins

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Embedded in Fallujah, Reporter Dexter Filkins

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New York Times reporter Dexter Filkins recently accompanied the Marines of Bravo Company of the 1st Battalion, 8th Marines for eight days in November as they took over Fallujah.

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Filkins filed over a dozen stories from this extreme close-up perspective. He followed the Marines from the outskirts of the city into the maze of streets, dodging suicide bombers, waking at 1:30 a.m. to a rebel attack, and even sustaining the threat of friendly fire when the company was mistaken for rebels by U.S. troops.

Filkins has been with The New York Times since 2000; he previously reported for The Los Angeles Times and The Miami Herald. (Original airdate: 12/21/04)

Learning Lessons in a Prolonged War

Learning Lessons in a Prolonged War
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Earl J. Catagnus Jr.

Marine Staff Sgt. Earl J. Catagnus Jr. helped remove insurgents from Fallujah neighborhoods in 2004. Courtesy Earl Catagnus hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy Earl Catagnus

Military rules of engagement are being closely examined in the wake of accusations that U.S. Marines killed 24 unarmed civilians in the Iraqi town of Haditha.

In the latest in a series of conversations on leadership in a lengthening war, we hear from an enlisted man who wrote about his experiences in Iraq — and helped change the way Marines are taught to go into urban combat.

Staff Sgt. Earl J. Catagnus Jr. was the leader of a group of snipers who worked to remove insurgents from houses during the battle of Fallujah in November 2004.

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