The Baqubah River Valley, located Northeast of Baghdad, was considered a safe haven for insurgents.
On 24 March, US forces focused the attack on the village of Qubah, a safe haven for insurgents. In order to track movement, men were numbered according to their neighborhood and home.
Still, several insurgents managed to slip away into the nearby palm groves, and US forces were counter attacked with roadside bombs.
Following the attack on Qubah, the village of Zaganiy is considered one of the last insurgent strongholds in the Baqubah Valley.