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  McClatchy Washington Bureau | 11/06/2006 | Fallujah once again beset by violence
The city's reputation as the heart of the insurgency was cemented on March 31, 2004, when insurgents killed four American security contractors, hanging their mutilated and burned bodies from the spans of one of the city's main bridges.
With Fallujah's population estimated at 250,000 to 300,000, that would be 5,000 to 6,000 soldiers and police officers.
Jay M. Bargeron, the second in command of the U.S. Marine regiment that works in and around Fallujah, noted, for example, that Iraqis have stepped forward to replace the city council members killed by insurgents and construction is evident on nearly every street as residents work to rebuild destruction from the November 2004 American assault.
www.realcities.com /mld/krwashington/15944717.htm   (1512 words)

 Fallujah - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Fallujah (Arabic: الفلوجة‎; sometimes transliterated as Falluja or Fallouja) is a city in the Iraqi province of Al Anbar, located roughly 69km (43 miles) west of Baghdad on the Euphrates.
Fallujah was one of the least affected areas of Iraq immediately after the 2003 invasion by the U.S. led Coalition.
In the aftermath of the offensive calm was restored to Fallujah.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Fallujah   (1925 words)

 Asia Times - Nir Rosen, Every time the wind blows. 5 Part Iraq War Coverage Special
US forces have not set foot in Fallujah since early May.The Iraqi city is firmly in the hands of a determined anti-US resistance, which now includes the very man the Americans sent in to solve their problem in the first place.
Fallujah celebrated the withdrawal of US troops from the city after a month-long siege with a gathering of poets, who waxed lyrical about their beloved city, now free from the "infidel".
Sheikh Dhafer al-Ubeidi is the de facto mayor of Fallujah, with his mosque serving not only as a pivotal religious center in Iraq's "city of mosques", but also as the command center for the resistance.
www.atimes.com /atimes/others/Fallujah.html   (357 words)

 USATODAY.com - Fallujah Brigade tries U.S. patience   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
FALLUJAH, Iraq —; A top Marine officer here says the compromise that gave control of Fallujah to an Iraqi brigade in exchange for the withdrawal of Marines may be a failure.
The Fallujah Brigade was established to end three weeks of combat in April that killed 600 to 700 insurgents and 10 Marines.
Brown said despite the apparent failure of the Fallujah Brigade to end the insurgency, a new U.S. offensive in the city was unlikely.
www.usatoday.com /news/world/iraq/2004-06-13-fallujah-failure_x.htm   (605 words)

 Philadelphia Inquirer | 11/28/2004 | The Battle for Fallujah   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
In this series, The Inquirer recounts the bloody battle for Fallujah, a stronghold of Sunni insurgents, as experienced by the men of a First Infantry Division unit.
Fallujah is now in the hands of the American military and its Iraq allies.
Maybe it was all the noise from the gun he manned from his Bradley's gunner seat: the M242 25mm "Bushmaster," a weapon capable of shooting 200 high-explosive rounds a minute.
www.philly.com /mld/inquirer/news/special_packages/10297778.htm   (450 words)

 The Price of Forgetting : Correspondent's Journal : Wage Peace Campaign : AFSC
None of the 95 schools inside Fallujah is currently open and only 125 of 362 schools in the surrounding areas are reported functioning.
Fallujah’s hospital remains largely inaccessible to civilians because of the military presence and general weakness in security.
The families of Fallujah continue to live in fear and their struggle for survival will continue for many months or years.
www.afsc.org /iraq/corres_journal/entries/20050120.htm   (975 words)

 Asia Times Online :: Middle East News - Fallujah: A city still under siege
FALLUJAH, Iraq - One and a half years after the US assault on Fallujah, residents tell of ongoing suffering, lack of jobs, little reconstruction and continuing violence.
The people of Fallujah are struggling to survive amid skyrocketing unemployment, lack of supplies and ongoing violence in the city.
According to a report by the US inspector general for reconstruction in Iraq, officials were unable to say how many planned projects they would complete, nor was there a clear source for the hundreds of millions of dollars a year needed to maintain the projects that had been completed.
www.atimes.com /atimes/Middle_East/HF27Ak03.html   (1475 words)

 CNN.com - U.S. seeks Fallujah cease-fire - Apr 10, 2004
The U.S. military halts its offensive against Iraqi insurgents in Fallujah to hold talks and says it is close to retaking Kut.
Fallujah is currently under the domain of the U.S. 1st Marine Division.
Fallujah is the city where four American contractors were killed last week, their bodies mutilated and dragged through the streets.
edition.cnn.com /2004/WORLD/meast/04/10/iraq.main.int.ceasefire   (625 words)

 Michael Fumento: Back to Fallujah
Further, shortly after the Battle of Fallujah in November 2004, U.S. troop strength in the area was somewhere north of 3,000 and was still high when I arrived in May 2005.
On patrol with the IA in Fallujah, they repeatedly needed to be urged to fully perform their jobs, such as stopping suspicious cars and interrogating the passengers.
From Fallujah all the way west to the Syrian border, Abdullah acknowledges, there is much sympathy for the enemy and many hiding places, including farms and caves.
www.fumento.com /military/fallujah2006.html   (3637 words)

 Dominion Weblog: Fallujah.
I know of no systematic study, but there has been a distinct emphasis on "kidnapped" foreigners while war crimes, massacres, murder, and the continuing illegality of the occupation ignored or heavily marginalized.
Fallujah is one place, but understanding what went on there and understanding the aforementioned gap can provide us with a healthy skepticism and a set of questions that can be applied to almost all other news coverage.
We were in Fallujah during the "ceasefire." This is what we saw and heard.
dominionpaper.ca /weblog/2004/04/fallujah.html   (1109 words)

 Third Army/ARCENT/CFLCC - News Story
CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq (April 14, 2005) - The three-story hospital in downtown Fallujah sits empty and abandoned, but with funds allocated through the Commanders Emergency Response Program and a private donor, this is about to change.
Fallujah General Hospital is slated to receive a new x-ray machine and a CT scan, diagnostic equipment used to generate anatomy imaging, in the next couple of weeks from the Iraqi Ministry of Health.
A total of $6.2 million, which was supplied by the ministry, has been earmarked for the Fallujah General Hospital and medical clinic renovations in and around the city.
www.arcent.army.mil /news/archive/2005_news/april/fallujah_hospital.asp   (331 words)

 Turning point - Salon
He announced that the April assault on Fallujah had been an overly aggressive mistake and that the often-vacillating American approach to the town had undermined U.S. efforts to win the hearts and minds of local Iraqis.
The mainstream press has largely overlooked the fact that in the case of Fallujah, the White House unnecessarily injected itself into the military's tactical decision-making process in Iraq, ignored the informed opinions of ground commanders, and in effect micromanaged the battle.
According to many observers, the seemingly contradictory U.S. military actions over the course of the siege were largely the result of the wishy-washy directives being issued by the Bush administration and its failure to appreciate the implications of sending in a large Marine force to seize a notoriously hostile town.
dir.salon.com /story/news/feature/2004/09/16/fallujah/index.html   (795 words)

 USATODAY.com - Iraqis revel in U.S. deaths   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Fallujah police Maj. Assad al-Jumail said as many as 300 residents poured into the streets to celebrate and chant anti-American slogans.
Near Fallujah, a roadside bomb killed five U.S. soldiers when an armored personnel carrier that was part of an Army convoy rolled over it.
Residents of Fallujah's working-class community of low-slung buildings and narrow streets are open about their hostility toward Americans.
www.usatoday.com /news/world/iraq/2004-03-31-iraq_x.htm   (1669 words)

 WorldNetDaily: Pound Fallujah
Fallujah is going to pay a price for the blood it has spilled.
The U.S. should give the leaders of Fallujah a chance to turn over all those who participated in the bloodletting, all those who cheered them on, all those who kicked the mutilated and charred bodies of the Americans who were there on a mission of mercy – bringing food to the forsaken city.
It won't be over until Fallujah and the rest of the Sunni triangle is fully pacified.
www.worldnetdaily.com /news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=37878   (667 words)

 For success in Fallujah, Iraq Army key | csmonitor.com
Fallujah has become the potent symbol of resistance in Iraq, where the mix of Mr.
But while the majority of Fallujah's 300,000 residents have fled the city, it may be increasingly inhospitable for militants.
Any concerted attack against Fallujah before the US presidential election on Nov. 2, he says, is likely to be an electoral ploy, because "you can't turn a president down when a war is on," says Mr.
www.csmonitor.com /2004/1025/p01s03-woiq.html   (1152 words)

 Increased Security In Fallujah Slows Efforts to Rebuild (washingtonpost.com)
FALLUJAH, Iraq -- On a sweep through southern Fallujah, U.S. Marines uncovered a suspected insurgent safe house: four Iraqi men of military age living alone in a small, unkempt dwelling with a Russian heavy machine gun, ammunition and two grenades buried in the front yard.
A woman in Fallujah pleads with troops for the release of her son, who she and an Iraqi construction engineer said was working on a sewerage project.
Letting more people and goods into Fallujah "is a risk we're going to have to take at some point for the good of the city." He estimated that 85 percent of people in Fallujah were unemployed or underemployed.
www.washingtonpost.com /wp-dyn/articles/A64292-2005Apr18.html   (1409 words)

 Islam Online- News Section   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
He was referring to a 12-hour ceasefire reached Sunday, April 11, by the U.S. occupation troops and Iraqi fighters in Fallujah and extended Monday for another 24 hours.
Scores of Fallujah residents seized on the current truce to flee the conflictive town to Baghdad.
Fallujah has been under a crippling U.S. siege since last Monday, April 5, as its residents are determined to kick out the occupation troops.
www.islamonline.net /English/News/2004-04/12/article05.shtml   (571 words)

 FOXNews.com - Mosul Flares Up as U.S. Presses Into Fallujah - U.S. & World
In Fallujah, U.S. troops pushed insurgents into a narrow corner in the southern end of the city after a four-day assault that has claimed 22 American lives and wounded about 170 others.
The Fallujah operation threatens to enflame passions within the Sunni community, not only against the American presence but against the Shiite majority, whose clerical leaders have by and large remained silent over the killings of Muslims in the city.
Fallujah militants fought Marines to a standstill last April during a three-week siege, which the Bush administration called off amid public criticism over civilian casualties.
www.foxnews.com /story/0,2933,138357,00.html   (1622 words)

 CNN.com - U.S. expects more attacks in Iraq - Mar 31, 2004
Witnesses of the incident said two Mitsubishi vehicles left a military base east of Fallujah to make their way into the city, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) west of Baghdad.
The vehicles turned onto a Fallujah street as men -- whose faces were covered by head scarves -- split into two groups and threw hand grenades at the cars, witnesses said.
Fallujah is part of al Anbar province in the Sunni Triangle, a region north and west of the capital that has been a hotbed of opposition to the U.S. presence.
www.cnn.com /2004/WORLD/meast/03/31/iraq.main/index.html   (829 words)

 Remember Fallujah
This despite the fact that the US commander who oversees Bucca estimates that one in four prisoners "perhaps were just snagged in a dragnet operation" or were victims of personal vendettas (at the end of June the US was holding over 10,000 Iraqis in detention).
British activist Jo Wilding was in Fallujah during the April 2004 siege of the city.
Indeed, a UK national, Jo Wilding, was present in a clearly marked ambulance that she claims was shot at by US snipers.
www.rememberfallujah.org /why.htm   (1830 words)

 CNN.com - Two killed in second clash in Fallujah - Apr. 30, 2003
Two demonstrators were killed Wednesday during a second round of clashes in the central Iraqi town of Fallujah, hospital officials said.
CNN's Karl Penhaul on new clashes in Fallujah on Wednesday.
Two demonstrators were killed and 15 injured Wednesday during a second round of clashes in the central Iraqi town of Fallujah, hospital officials said.
www.cnn.com /2003/WORLD/meast/04/30/sprj.irq.fallujah/index.html   (587 words)

 IRAQ: Rebuilding Not Yet Reality for Fallujah
Fallujah remains an island: not even the residents of the surrounding towns and villages like Karma, Habbaniya, Khalidiya, which fall under Fallujah's administrative jurisdiction, are allowed in.
The people of Fallujah are struggling to survive amidst skyrocketing unemployment, lack of supplies and ongoing violence in the city.
The mayor of Fallujah was not available to interview, but in his latest appearance on television he announced his resignation.
www.ipsnews.net /news.asp?idnews=33761   (1573 words)

 Reason Magazine - The Battle for Fallujah
The fate of Fallujah was spelled out clearly by the top enlisted Marine in Iraq more than a week ago.
The battle of Fallujah is also well on its way to proving whatever point observers would like to project onto it despite a similar imbalance in casualties.
For the war hawks the relatively swift cleansing of Fallujah addresses their grievance that the city should never have been bypassed by U.S. forces back in April.
www.reason.com /news/show/33948.html   (709 words)

 The Seattle Times: Nation & World: Renewed resistance seen in Fallujah
While the entrances to the city are blocked, the fighters may be plying old paths into Fallujah or crossing the Euphrates River, whose palm-shrouded banks skirt the city.
Monotheism and Jihad was based in Fallujah, where the fighting flared again yesterday, with a near constant barrage of mortar and rifle fire.
Residents said fighters were leaving Fallujah from its southern outskirts, some of them swimming across the Euphrates with their weapons.
seattletimes.nwsource.com /html/nationworld/2002094105_iraq18.html   (936 words)

 At vortex of violence - Fallujah | csmonitor.com
Fallujah is far from the only place where tribal traditions are strong, or where support for Mr.
Like a number of towns in the Sunni Triangle, Fallujah has a large number of residents from Saddam Hussein's Albu Nasser tribe, and a high percentage of people who served in his armed forces and intelligence forces.
The town is deeply Islamic, and strongly influenced by the Salafy traditions of neighboring Jordan, Syria, and Saudi Arabia, a factor he attributes to its position on the Euphrates, which flows from Syria and has provided an umbilical cord to the Moslem world since the Islamic conquest.
www.csmonitor.com /2004/0402/p01s04-woiq.html   (1070 words)

 Reprisal in Fallujah (by Michael Gillespie) - Media Monitors Network (MMN)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
What sets the U.S. operation in Fallujah apart from countless previous instances of civilian “collateral damage” in both Iraq and Afghanistan are Kimmitt’s statements plainly revealing that the assault on Fallujah was a deliberate, carefully planned reprisal action.
Fallujah is, or was, a city of some 250,000 people, the vast majority of them civilian non-combatants.
Doctors at Fallujah’s hospitals and civilian refugees who fled the city in terror reported that U.S. snipers were shooting old men, women, and children in the head, neck, and upper body.
usa.mediamonitors.net /content/view/full/6239   (1840 words)

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