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Kentucky Fried Chicken Sizzles in Fallujah


Kentucky Fried Chicken store in Fallujah, Iraq

Only a short time ago the city of Fallujah served as stronghold for insurgents. Daily skirmishes, improvised explosive device detonations and public unease made operating a business in the city very difficult.

Today, with improved security throughout the region, the low price of 4,000 dinar, or $3.50, will purchase a full meal at the recently established Kentucky Fried Chicken in the Hey Al Dubat area of the city.

The KFC is the first to open for business in the city. Before improved conditions in the city, insurgents threatened business owners, demanding money to support acts of terrorism.

After a quick visit to the Fallujah Business Center during routine operations July 16, Marines with Regimental Combat Team 1″™s Security Platoon and with Information Operations, talked with employees at the franchise to evaluate its success.

“We stopped to check up on the KFC to see how things were going,” said 1st Lt. Michael C. Bryant, platoon commander with Battery M, 3rd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment, RCT 1. “You can tell that the area is returning to normal, especially when you see fast food places in the area doing so well.”

The restaurant has several employees, and three that work full time. Employees there serve an average 25 customers per day.

The Marines often take time to assess economic progress and gauge community activities during missions in the city.

After several short conversations with employees and patrons, the Marines ordered food to take back to Camp Fallujah for lunch.

“I think it is awesome to see a business doing so well in Fallujah, and not have to worry about safety or corruption,” said Bryant, a 25-year-old from Colorado Springs, Colo.

Security over the past several years has reached an all-time high in Fallujah and many of the surrounding areas. The increase can be accredited to coalition forces conducting patrols and security missions, as well as Iraqi police and Iraqi army retaking control of a majority of the Anbar region.

“I remember when I was here last in July 2004 and things were much different than they are now,” said Sgt. Steve J. Arnoux, a 25-year-old vehicle commander from Browning, Mont. “When we would go out on convoys in the city, the attitude was a lot different. It seemed like we were just waiting to get ambushed. Now we stop at KFC.”

Citizens of the area can now work steady jobs, where as prior conditions kept many from even coming to work on a daily basis.

“I love the work here, because we have the opportunity to go to work every day,” said a KFC employee.

By Cpl. Chris T. Mann
Regimental Combat Team 1 Public Affairs Office



  1. With the help of an Arabic-English dictionary, I was able to figure out that the Arabic writing on the sign reads malik ad-djaaj al-kntaakii.

    Malik is “king,” djaaj is “chicken,” and kntaakii should be pretty obvious.

    So the whole thing roughly means “Chicken-King from Kentucky” or maybe “King of Kentucky-type Chicken,” etc.

  2. It doesn’t mean the story is “bogus” just because the “KFC” chicken place that opened up in Fallujah is an imposter KFC.

    In fact, it may even reinforce the point of the story because Iraqis are apparently able to start a totally independent fast food place there without needing backing from an international chain to do it.

  3. Michael Yon suggested at another site that this might be a copycat store. Doesn’t change the meaning of the story. You don’t copy the things you hate.

    I am trying to follow up with KFC, though they ignored my original e-mail about posting this story.

  4. This is a bogus story.

    Yum! Restaurants International spokesman Christophe Lecureuil:

    “I understand you wanted some details about the store in Falluja that looks like a KFC. This store is not approved by KFC International and we have working with the US Military to warn the troops of this situation.”

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