Take Back Ramadi but don't make it ather Fallujah. This was the order Lt. Col. Tony Deane, commander of Task Force Conqueror, received in May of 2006. By then Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, had become the most dangerous city in Iraq, The sound of explosions and gunfire filled the air around the clock. The civilian government had collapsed, and the fledgling Iraqi security forces proved incapable of protecting the population from a brutal Al Qaeda murder and intimidation campaign. The city was in chaos and the rule of law n-existent. Pundits, politicians and military leaders, including the division headquarters were declaring the war lost. The men and women of Task Force Conqueror saw some of the heaviest urban combat in Iraq, against a shadowy enemy who preferred improvised explosive devices and sniper fire to standing toe to toe and fighting. It quickly became clear that street fighting with insurgents was t the path to victory. Something more was needed. What happened next was the turning point in the Iraq War and an epic story of combat, courage, leadership and diplomacy that broke the back of al Qaeda in Iraq and wrote a new chapter in the course of Middle East history. The Battle of Ramadi is widely considered the Gettysburg of the Iraq War, and Ramadi Declassified puts the reader into the middle of the fighting. Colonel Deane tells the powerful story of his troops' sacrifice and invation in raw, gripping detail as he outlines both the path to success in defeating Al Qaeda, and the causes of the unraveling chaos w choking the life out of present day Iraq.
Colonel (R) Tony Deane is a veteran of the Cold War, Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Operation Joint Guardian (Kosovo), and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He served in numerous armor and cavalry leadership positions for over 28 years. In June of 2005, he assumed command of the 1st Battalion, 35th Armor Regiment, Task Force Conqueror and, in May of 2006, deployed his battalion to Ramadi, Iraq.Task Force Conqueror fought in the Battle of Ramadi throughout the summer and fall of 2006, and was instrumental in fostering the development of the Anbar Awakening. His unit s actions in Iraq are highlighted in the documentary, 'Ramadi: Against the Odds', and in the book, A Chance in Hell by Jim Michaels (St. Martin s Griffin, 2011).Colonel Deane finished his career at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas as the senior trainer for the Army s Counterinsurgency Seminar. His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Parachutist Badge and the Combat Action Badge. He lives in Melbourne, FL with his wife, Debora.