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4 From U.S. Killed in Ambush in Iraq; Mob Drags Bodies (Cries: "Where is Bush?")

Posted on 03/31/2004 11:03:39 PM PST by Happy2BMe

April 1, 2004

4 From U.S. Killed in Ambush in Iraq; Mob Drags Bodies


FALLUJA, Iraq, March 31 — Four Americans working for a security company were ambushed and killed Wednesday, and an enraged mob then jubilantly dragged the burned bodies through the streets of downtown Falluja, hanging at least two corpses from a bridge over the Euphrates River.

Less than 15 miles away, in the same area of the increasingly violent Sunni Triangle, five American soldiers were killed when a roadside bomb ripped through their armored personnel carrier.

The violence was one of the most brutal outbursts of anti-American rage since the war in Iraq began more than a year ago. And the steadily deteriorating situation in the Falluja area, a center of anti-American hostility west of Baghdad, has become so precarious that no American or Iraqi forces responded to the attack against the civilians, who worked for a North Carolina company.

American officials said the civilians were traveling in two sport utility vehicles although some witnesses in Falluja said there were four. "Two got away; two got trapped," said Muhammad Furhan, a taxi driver.

It is not clear what the four Americans were doing in Falluja or where they were going. But just as they were passing a strip of stationery stores and kebab shops around 10:30 a.m., masked gunmen jumped into the street and blasted their vehicles with assault rifles. Witnesses said the civilians did not shoot back.

There are a number of police stations in Falluja and a base of more than 4,000 marines nearby, but even as the security guards were being swarmed and their vehicles set on fire, sending plumes of inky smoke over the closed shops of the city, there were no ambulances, no fire engines and no assistance.

Instead, Falluja's streets were thick with men and boys and chaos.

Men with scarves over their faces hurled bricks into the blazing vehicles. A group of boys yanked a smoldering body into the street and ripped it apart. Someone then tied a chunk of flesh to a rock and tossed it over a telephone wire.

"Viva mujahedeen!" shouted Said Khalaf, a taxi driver. "Long live the resistance!"

Nearby, a boy no older than 10 ground his heel into a burned head. "Where is Bush?" the boy yelled. "Let him come here and see this!"

Masked men gathered around him, punching their fists into the air. The streets filled with hundreds of people. "Falluja is the graveyard of Americans!" they chanted.

Several news crews filmed the mayhem. The images of a frenzied crowd mutilating bodies were reminiscent of the scene from Somalia in 1993, when a mob dragged the body of an American soldier through the streets of Mogadishu. That moment shifted public opinion and eventually led to an American pullout.

The White House blamed terrorists and remnants of Saddam Hussein's former government for the attack. "This is a despicable attack," Scott McClellan, the White House spokesman, told reporters, adding that "there are some that are doing everything they can to prevent" a transfer of sovereignty to an Iraqi government on June 30.

American military officials said the violence in Falluja, however chilling, would not scare them away. "The insurgents in Falluja are testing us," said Capt. Chris Logan, a marine. "They're testing our resolve. But it's not like we're going to leave. We just got here."

Captain Logan, who is stationed at a large walled base on the outskirts of the city, said Falluja was becoming "an area of greater concern." Last week, a contingent of marines, who recently took over responsibility for Falluja from the Army, fought gunmen in a battle in which one marine, a television cameraman and several Iraqi civilians were killed.

"This is one of those areas in Iraq that is definitely squirrelly," Captain Logan said.

Many people in Falluja said they believed that they had won an important victory on Wednesday. They insisted that the four security guards, who were driving in unmarked sport utility vehicles, were working for the Central Intelligence Agency.

"This is what these spies deserve," said Salam Aldulayme, a 28-year-old Falluja resident.

Intelligence sources in Washington said the four were not working for the C.I.A. They worked for Blackwater Security Consulting of Moyock, N.C., providing security for food delivery in the Falluja area, according to a statement from the company. The occupation authorities have hired hundreds of private security guards for a range of duties.

Witnesses in Falluja said several of the men had Defense Department badges, though such identification is common for contractors working for the occupation. A senior military officer said the four were retired Special Operations forces — three Navy Seals and one Army Ranger. American officials declined to immediately identify the dead men.

In the last three weeks, more than 10 foreign civilians have been killed in Iraq, though no attack provoked the spasm of brutality that followed this one.

Since the war in Iraq began, Falluja has been a flash point of violence. Of all the places in Iraq, it is where anti-American hatred is the strongest. The area is predominantly Sunni Muslim. Many families remain loyal to the captured dictator, Mr. Hussein, who is also a Sunni Muslim. Over the years, Mr. Hussein cultivated a network of patronage and privilege among the tribes and elders of Falluja. Many became top army officers. Some ran big companies. When Mr. Hussein was ousted last April, the people here lost their jobs, their businesses and their power.

That set off a cycle of killing and responses, a bloody feud between a clannish society and occupiers from thousands of miles away. Last April, American soldiers killed more than 15 civilians at a demonstration in Falluja. In November, an American helicopter was shot down outside the town, killing 16. Townspeople danced on the wreckage.

In February, insurgents mounted a brazen daylight attack against a convoy carrying Gen. John P. Abizaid, the American commander in the Middle East. He escaped unscathed. But two days later, gunmen blasted their way into a Falluja jail, killing at least 15 police officers and freeing dozens of prisoners.

Last week, the First Marine Expeditionary Force formally took control of the city, population 300,000, which sits on a desert shelf about 35 miles west of Baghdad. Marine commanders said they were going to try a different approach from the Army, which had basically pulled back to bases ringing Falluja and left policing up to the locals.

"We're doing work outside the wire," Captain Logan said. "We're running patrols. We're rebuilding things. We're working with Iraqis."

Most of the Sunni Triangle, north and west of Baghdad, has become so unsafe that American forces stick to their bases, their movement usually limited to heavily guarded convoys.

Around 7 a.m. on Wednesday, an Army convoy passing through the town of Habbaniya, west of Falluja, rolled over an I.E.D., or improvised explosive device. The bomb was buried in the road and blew up under an armored personnel carrier, killing five soldiers. Roadside bombs are everyday occurrences in Iraq. But few have claimed as many casualties. "It was a very large I.E.D.," said Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, deputy operations director for the occupation forces.

A few hours later the men from Blackwater Security drove into downtown Falluja. After they were shot, the scene turned grisly. A crowd of more than 300 people flooded into the streets. Men swarmed around the vehicles. Some witnesses said the Americans were still alive when one boy came running up with a jug of gasoline. Soon, both vehicles were fireballs.

"Everybody here is happy with this," Mr. Furhan, the taxi driver, said. "There is no question."

After the fires cooled, a group of boys tore the corpses out of the vehicles. The crowd cheered them on. The boys dragged the blackened bodies to the iron bridge over the Euphrates River, about a mile away. Some people said they saw four bodies hanging over the water, some said only two. At sunset, nurses from a nearby hospital tried to take the bodies away.

Men with guns threatened to kill the nurses. The nurses left. The bodies remained.

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KEYWORDS: falluja; iraq; islam; madpoet; muslims; religionofpieces
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"Men with guns threatened to kill the nurses. The nurses left. The bodies remained."
1 posted on 03/31/2004 11:03:40 PM PST by Happy2BMe
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To: dennisw; SJackson; MeekOneGOP; B4Ranch; Prime Choice; JohnHuang2; Salem
Onward Muslim Soldiers ping.

2 posted on 03/31/2004 11:05:46 PM PST by Happy2BMe (U.S.A. - - United We Stand - - Divided We Fall - - Support Our Troops - - Vote BUSH)
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To: All
Palestinians Dance In The Streets,
Hand Out Candy To Their Children,
And Rejoice Over the WTC Attacks

Muslims celebrating on Sept 11,2001, when they heard the news of the WTC collapsing.

Palestinians Celebrate Islamic Attacks on WTC

Palestinian children in eastern Jerusalem celebrating news of the terror attacks in the United States.

Palestinians Party on 9/11

Claim That Media Used Fake Images Proven FALSE

4 posted on 03/31/2004 11:07:23 PM PST by Happy2BMe (U.S.A. - - United We Stand - - Divided We Fall - - Support Our Troops - - Vote BUSH)
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To: Happy2BMe
I see a bunch of young boys that are going to be dead very soon.
5 posted on 03/31/2004 11:07:24 PM PST by SeeRushToldU_So
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To: SeeRushToldU_So
W is "growing" in office-more like Jimmy Carter than Gen. Lemay.
6 posted on 03/31/2004 11:10:02 PM PST by Finalapproach29er (" Permitting homosexuality didn't work out very well for the Roman Empire")
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To: Happy2BMe
Nearby, a boy no older than 10 ground his heel into a burned head. "Where is Bush?" the boy yelled. "Let him come here and see this!"

7 posted on 03/31/2004 11:10:41 PM PST by Howlin
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To: Finalapproach29er
What do you mean?
8 posted on 03/31/2004 11:11:20 PM PST by Howlin
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To: SeeRushToldU_So
not soon enough for me.
fry them, their parents, their sisters, their cousins.

make the BEST looking leftovers of the corpses, akin to the condition of yassin after he got his trim job.

The world needs to be TERRIFIED of us.
Gloves off.
Islam is NOT peace Mr. President.
9 posted on 03/31/2004 11:12:44 PM PST by Robert_Paulson2 (the madridification of our election is now officially underway.)
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To: Happy2BMe
Good Gawd! I am just so damned fed up with this kind of primitive subhuman crap!

I'm at a loss for words that will not get me banned. Just how much are civilized people supposed to take from the out-of-control non-productive primitives of the world?
11 posted on 03/31/2004 11:15:48 PM PST by broadsword (The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for Democrats to get elected.)
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To: Finalapproach29er
12 posted on 03/31/2004 11:16:31 PM PST by MEG33 (John Kerry's been AWOL for two decades on issues of National Security!)
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To: Anubus
Unfortunately cockroaches are the last to die, and would probably survive the nukes. So these folks might still be around.
13 posted on 03/31/2004 11:17:24 PM PST by edeal
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To: Happy2BMe
"Falluja is the graveyard of Americans!" they chanted.

Gritting my teeth and dreaming of a glass graveyard.
14 posted on 03/31/2004 11:17:56 PM PST by broadsword (The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for Democrats to get elected.)
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An Iraqi holds a sign that reads "Fallujah is the cemetery of the Americans"

Corpses dragged through street after nine Americans killed


April 1, 2004

BAGHDAD, Iraq -- A crowd of cheering Iraqis dragged the burned and mutilated bodies of four American contractors , through the streets of Fallujah Wednesday and hung two of them from a bridge spanning the Euphrates River. In a nearby town, five U.S. soldiers were killed in a roadside bombing.

The contractors were ambushed by machine-gun fire and rocket-propelled grenades as they drove in two SUVs through Fallujah, a restive Sunni Muslim city that has become the epicenter of anti-American sentiment in Iraq. The vehicles erupted in flames, and a crowd gathered around them, chanting, "Fallujah is the graveyard of Americans."

Television footage showed people cheering around the burning cars, while others descended on the bodies. As one body lay burning on the ground, one man doused it with gasoline. Another man beat a charred corpse with a metal pole.

Others tied a yellow rope to a body, hooked it to a car and dragged it down a main street. Two mangled corpses were hung from a green iron bridge across the Euphrates.

"The people of Fallujah hung some of the bodies on the old bridge like slaughtered sheep," resident Abdul Aziz Mohammed told Associated Press Television.

Slightly northwest of Fallujah, the five soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division were killed when a roadside bomb exploded beside their armored personnel carrier, military officials said. The deaths brought the number of U.S. troops killed in Iraq during March to 48, the second highest for any month since President George W. Bush declared the end of major combat on May 1.

The scenes of bodies being dragged through the streets of Fallujah were reminiscent of an October 1993 incident in Somalia, when 18 U.S. Army Rangers were killed and two U.S. helicopters downed. A cheering mob dragged the corpse of one soldier through the streets of Mogadishu, the Somali capital, triggering American public outrage that led eventually to a U.S. withdrawal from the African nation.

Bush administration officials vowed that Wednesday's killings would not change U.S. plans in Iraq. "It is offensive, it is despicable the way these individuals have been treated," said White House spokesman Scott McClellan. "There are terrorists, there are some remnants of the former regime that are enemies of freedom and enemies of democracy, but democracy is taking root."

McClellan said Washington was holding fast to a June 30 deadline for handing power to a transitional Iraqi government. But some Iraqi officials have voiced worries that newly trained Iraqi police and civil defense forces will not be ready to take over security in many parts of the country. About 120,000 U.S. troops are expected to remain in Iraq indefinitely after the official end of the occupation.

U.S. and Iraqi officials had hoped that the capture of deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein on Dec. 13 would blunt the insurgency's momentum and reduce attacks on U.S. troops and Iraqis. While the number of attacks on American forces has declined since Hussein's capture, troops are still being killed at a roughly constant pace. Large-scale attacks against Iraqi civilians have increased dramatically.

Since the war began last March, 597 U.S. troops have been killed in Iraq. Of those, 459 have died since major combat was declared over on May 1,.

Attacks against foreign civilians working in Iraq have also increased sharply since January. But none had been as brutal as Wednesday's ambush and its aftermath in Fallujah.

State Department spokesman Adam Ereli said the four contractors, all men, "were trying to make a difference and to help others." He did not identify the workers or their company because their next of kin had not been notified. The contractors appeared to have worked for Blackwater Security Consulting, based in Moyock, N.C., the company said in a statement. The company was hired by the Pentagon to provide security for convoys that delivered food in the Fallujah area, it said.

No U.S. soldiers or Iraqi police officers were seen in central Fallujah for several hours after the attack, but a U.S. fighter plane roared overhead. U.S. Marines assumed control of the city on March 24, as units of the Army's 82nd Airborne Division were rotated out. Two days later, Marines and insurgents fought a lengthy street battle in Fallujah. One Marine was killed and seven were wounded; five Iraqis were killed.

TV footage of Wednesday's ambush showed several of the men killed had been wearing bullet-proof vests. Some witnesses said the contractors had weapons in their cars. Footage showed a U.S. passport near one corpse, and one Fallujah resident displayed what appeared to be ID tags taken from another victim. Portions of the grisly footage were shown throughout the day on the pan-Arab satellite stations Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya.

Some people in the cheering crowd around the burning cars held up computer-printed signs with a skull and crossbones and the phrase, "Fallujah is the cemetery for Americans."

Fallujah, a city of 500,000 people that lies about 30 miles west of Baghdad, was well-treated by Hussein because it is dominated by the minority Sunni sect that made up his regime.

There have been more attacks against U.S. forces in Fallujah and surrounding villages than anywhere else in Iraq. Within weeks of the Americans' arrival last April, the city emerged as a center of resistance to the U.S.-led occupation. Fallujah lies in the heart of the so-called "Sunni Triangle," an area west and north of Baghdad that formed the foundation of support for Hussein and his ruling Baath party.

But the city's Baathist and Sunni ties only partly explain what turned its residents against the Americans. Fallujah has long been a center of smuggling, and it prospered under 13 years of United Nations sanctions imposed on Iraq after Hussein invaded neighboring Kuwait in 1990. Under the U.S. occupation, smuggling has become less lucrative and more dangerous.

Fallujah also has a strong tribal tradition and a conservative Islamic bent that flourished even under Hussein's secular regime. It is a place where the nationalist forces of the Iraqi resistance have converged with Islamic radicals calling for a holy war against foreign occupiers.

Islam At It's Finest

15 posted on 03/31/2004 11:18:20 PM PST by Happy2BMe (U.S.A. - - United We Stand - - Divided We Fall - - Support Our Troops - - Vote BUSH)
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To: Howlin
I had the same question.
16 posted on 03/31/2004 11:19:35 PM PST by Happy2BMe (U.S.A. - - United We Stand - - Divided We Fall - - Support Our Troops - - Vote BUSH)
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To: Happy2BMe
has become so precarious that no American or Iraqi forces responded to the attack against the civilians, who worked for a North Carolina company

It was too late to save these guys but it's not too late to save others. I can't believe that the U.S. has come this far that we would let these pieces of filth that inhabit this town continue to kill Americans at will. How many more times has this got to go on before the American military is allowed to clean house? Who gives a sh*t what John Kerry and the leftists in this country will say. They are already saying it. Truman had the right idea. It saved lives and the Japanese/Japan are a better people/country for it.

19 posted on 03/31/2004 11:24:31 PM PST by beaversmom (Michael Medved has the Greatest radio show on GOD's Green Earth)
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To: Anubus
(Imagine If That Would Have Been Your Brother)

Hey You, Infidel!
A young Muslim man, who refused to give his name, shows his feelings toward the media outside the Federal Court House in Buffalo, New York September 18, 2002 where he sat to show his support for the six local suspected al-Qaida supporters who appeared inside the court, September 18, 2002. The six men have been charged with providing material support to al Queda from nearby Lackwanna, New York.

20 posted on 03/31/2004 11:28:05 PM PST by Happy2BMe (U.S.A. - - United We Stand - - Divided We Fall - - Support Our Troops - - Vote BUSH)
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