The brigade responsible for most of Diyala in 2007 is rotating home, beginning the drawdown of U.S. troops. Yet force levels in Diyala will remain constant.
Phantom Strike, a series of targeted joint operations against al Qaeda, Sunni, and Shi'a insurgent elements
in Baghdad and the surrounding areas, was launched on August 13, 2007.
What began in Anbar as a local movement of tribes is developing into a national phenomenon.
This backgrounder provides a bulletized summary of Operation Phantom Thunder.
This order of battle describes U.S. forces involved in Operation Phantom Thunder.