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  • Falluja’s Fall Stuns Marines Who Fought There

    01/10/2014 12:14:05 PM PST · by chessplayer · 63 replies
    Adam Banotai was a 21-year-old sergeant and squad leader in the Marine Corps during the 2004 invasion of Falluja, a restive insurgent-held city in Iraq. His unit — which had seven of 17 men wounded by shrapnel or bullets in the first days of the invasion — seized control of the government center early in the campaign. So when Sunni insurgents, some with allegiances to Al Qaeda, retook the city this month and raised their black insurgent flag over buildings where he and his men fought, he was transfixed, disbelieving and appalled.
  • Boxer is going to lose, look at the polls.

    10/21/2010 1:16:54 PM PDT · by Paddy Irish · 39 replies · 1+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | Today | RCP
    Take a look at Boxer's poll numbers. Compare the last 5 polls to the previous 5. Her numbers are clearly going down. She is only getting about 45%, and in several of those polls they are over sampling Democrats. They are sampling Democrats at a higher rate than showed up at the polls in 2008, that will never happen. Plus Fiorina has avoided a lot of the mud that has surrounded Whitman. Boxer is gone.
  • Iraqi man shot after throwing slipper at US troops

    09/18/2009 7:53:55 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 20 replies · 1,183+ views ^ | Sept. 17, 2009 | Martin Chulov
    American troops have shot and wounded an Iraqi man who hurled a slipper at a military convoy in the former insurgent stronghold of Falluja. A joint patrol of US and Iraqi troops is believed to have mistaken the flying shoe for a grenade. A statement from the US military said that during a patrol on Wednesday an "object" was thrown at the troops, who then fired "in self-defence, wounding the attacker". US troops gave the man, Ahmed al-Jumaili, first aid before he was taken to hospital by Iraqi police. He was in a stable condition after being treated for a...
  • CBS and Dan Rather should be held accountable (Warning: Graphic photos down thread)

    05/12/2004 9:43:09 AM PDT · by jg0510 · 149 replies · 481+ views
    I posted the following message on the CBS message board yesterday and also sent the same message to Fox News' Bill O'Reilly. If you agree with my message, I would appreciate it if you would forward this e-mail to others in your address book. I believe this is very important and a "grass roots" effort may be the only way to force Dan Rather, CBS, and others to accept the responsibility of their careless and destructive actions: "I think all American citizens should be outraged at CBS for making the "abuse" pictures public. CBS has done serious damage to the...
  • Five dead in western Iraq bombing

    07/11/2008 6:27:33 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 110+ views
    BBC ^ | 9 July 2008 | Staff
    A bomb has exploded in the western Iraqi city of Falluja, killing four policemen and a civilian, police say. Fifteen people were injured in the blast outside a bank in the city. Falluja was at the centre of the Sunni Muslim insurgency following the US-led invasion of Iraq, until local tribes turned against al-Qaeda militants. The casualties were people who were inspecting the scene of an earlier blast when the second explosion was detonated, police said. Police did not say who was behind the attack, but al-Qaeda remnants in Anbar province are often blamed for such bombings. The US military...
  • 3/5 back in Fallujah, participates in rebirth of once deadly city

    01/02/2008 4:39:13 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 45+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Cpl. Ryan M. Blaich
    FALLUJAH, Iraq -- Mosques such as this one are visible throughout the city. U.S. and Iraqi leaders feel such reconstruction projects are important during this phase of the counterinsurgency battle. The partner relationship between the Iraqi police and Marines of 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, has provided much of the security needed to complete rebuilding inside the city. FALLUJAH, Iraq -- Corporal Ryan York, 26, infantryman, Company I, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, walks passed residents of a small farming community in the northwestern section of the city during a recent mini-swarm. York is a combat veteran who saw...
  • Iraq government 'failing Falluja'

    12/20/2007 3:09:15 AM PST · by Flavius · 3 replies · 60+ views
    bbc ^ | 20 December 2007 | By Mike Lanchin and Mona Mahmoud
    Three years after the massive US assault on Falluja, the city's mayor has accused Iraq's central government of starving the city of resources. Mayor Sa'ad Awad says Shia officials still consider the former insurgent stronghold a haven for Sunni militants
  • For Veteran's Day, a photo-essay on the "Marlboro Marine".

    11/12/2007 8:55:49 AM PST · by 1st5th6th · 14 replies · 171+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | November 11, 2007 | Luis Sinco
    Times photographer Luis Sinco made James Blake Miller an emblem of the war. The image would change both of their lives and connect them in ways neither imagined.
  • Marines face scrutiny in Iraqi deaths

    07/05/2007 10:16:03 PM PDT · by xzins · 27 replies · 1,401+ views
    LA Times ^ | 5 Jul 07 | Tony Perry
    CAMP PENDLETON — Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents are examining allegations that Marines killed as many as eight unarmed Iraqi prisoners during a battle in Fallouja in November 2004, according to civilian and military sources. (snip) In the Haditha case, three enlisted Marines face murder charges, and four officers are accused of failing to investigate the killings. Preliminary hearings are underway. (snip) The two cases do not involve any of the same Marines. But some of those being interviewed in the Fallouja case were expected to serve as character witnesses for colleagues accused of murder in the Haditha case. (snip>...
  • Nerve gas plants dormant but deadly (interesting)

    08/13/2002 9:00:02 PM PDT · by knak · 3 replies · 174+ views
    By Tim Ripley NEW satellite images of an Iraqi nerve gas plant show that the site has been rebuilt after being bombed by the United States, but there seems to be little sign that production of chemical weapons is under way. The site, named Fallujah I, some 38 miles north-west of Baghdad, is one of three similar facilities built in the late 1980s around the town of Habbaniyah to mass-produce elements, known as precursors, of the nerve gases used in the Iran-Iraq war and against the Kurds in 1988 and 1991. Images taken by an American company, DigitalGlobe, and published...

    08/19/2002 1:35:04 AM PDT · by kattracks · 64 replies · 1,166+ views
    New York Post ^ | 8/19/02 | NILES LATHEM
    <p>Satellite pix show that three chemical facilities in Iraq - Fullujah I, II and III - wrecked in the 1991 Gulf War are back in business.</p> <p>August 19, 2002 -- WASHINGTON - These mysterious chemical factories northwest of Baghdad are a major reason the Bush administration thinks war with Iraq is inevitable.</p>
  • Italian journalist held hostage in Iraq

    08/24/2004 1:51:08 PM PDT · by Gucho · 2 replies · 472+ views
    Italian journalist held hostage in Iraq Claire Cozens and agencies Tuesday August 24, 2004 Italian journalist Enzo Baldoni, who has been missing in Iraq since last week, has been kidnapped by militants, according to a video broadcast today on al-Jazeera television station. His driver was found dead at the weekend in Najaf and today an Islamist group said it had abducted an Italian in Iraq, giving Silvio Berlusconi 48 hours to announce it was pulling his troops out of the country.
  • US defends use of white phosphorus

    11/16/2005 2:29:39 PM PST · by thegreatbeast · 28 replies · 949+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo! ^ | 11/16/2005 | Will Dunham
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon on Wednesday acknowledged using incendiary white-phosphorus munitions in a 2004 offensive against insurgents in the Iraqi city of Falluja and defended their use as legal, amid concerns by arms control advocates. ADVERTISEMENT Army Lt. Col. Barry Venable, a Pentagon spokesman, said the U.S. military had not used the highly flammable weapons against civilians, contrary to an Italian state television report this month that stated the munitions were used against men, women and children in Falluja who were burned to the bone.
  • AL-Qaida Operative Nailed: Syrian Had Inside Knowledge of 9/11 and London Bombings

    08/24/2005 7:17:10 AM PDT · by jmc1969 · 15 replies · 1,901+ views
    Spiegel Online ^ | Holger Stark
    Two weeks ago, Turkish police arrested an Islamist with ties to many upper tier al-Qaida members. The man not only tried to get asylum in Germany, but claims to have known about the London bombings beforehand and to have helped the 9/11 pilots. The Turkish interrogators in Istanbul's high-security prison wanted to be polite; they wanted to show respect for Islam. They offered their prisoner, an Islamist named Luai Sakra, 31, a chance to pray during a pause in questioning. They'd done the same thing with earlier suspects. The move was supposed to establish trust. But this prisoner reacted a...
  • Marine cleared in videotaped shooting: Wounded Iraqi killed inside Falluja mosque

    05/05/2005 10:38:39 AM PDT · by Gondring · 24 replies · 983+ views ^ | thursday, May 5, 2005 | Jamie McIntyre
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Navy investigators have determined a U.S. Marine acted in self-defense when he shot an apparently wounded and unarmed Iraqi inside a Falluja mosque in November, a senior Pentagon official said Wednesday. The Marine corporal, who will not face charges, was under investigation in the shootings of four enemy combatants as part of an operation during the siege of Falluja on November 13, 2004. The mosque shooting was captured on videotape by an embedded reporter. [...] Although that Marine has been cleared of wrongdoing, the investigation remains open because autopsies of some of the bodies found in the...
  • The Fight After Fallujah ( A must read.)

    04/10/2005 9:47:23 PM PDT · by mediabruiser · 12 replies · 1,261+ views
    ABCNews ^ | 10 April 2005 | Nick Watt
    Wounded in Fierce House-to-House Fighting, a Marine Tries to Recover. By NICK WATT TAOS, N.M., April 10, 2005 — Huddled in an abandoned house last November, Sgt. Jason Arellano gave his platoon a pep talk as they prepared to push deeper into insurgent-occupied Fallujah. "So they're right here in this area. There are going to be more and more as we push further down," he said. Arellano gave the speech after a Marine on an adjacent street had both his legs blown off by insurgents' grenades. "You don't want other squads giving speeches to their men about one of us,...
  • Large-Scale US Withdrawal From Fallujah, Use Of Sarin Gas Speculated (, Canada)

    02/17/2005 12:26:09 AM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 39 replies · 2,451+ views, Canada ^ | Feb 16, 2005 | Omar Al-Faris et al
    A large number of US troops were observed leaving Fallujah on Tuesday, with speculation that the withdrawal was due to Sunday night's attack by Mujahideen who reportedly fired rockets loaded with Sarin gas at a nearby US base. Dozens of US vehicles loaded with American troops were seen leaving Fallujah on Tuesday morning, heading for the Iraqi capital of Baghdad. In a report filed at 4:25pm Mecca time Tuesday afternoon, the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported from International Highway 1, saying that hat he had witnessed more than 90 US vehicles including tanks, and armored vehicles, being transported on giant...
  • Careless talk costs lives on Baghdad streets

    01/29/2005 11:31:32 AM PST · by ijcr · 26 replies · 1,294+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | January 29, 2005 | Paul McGeough
    Ahmed Resain has his back to the door, so he does not see the gunman alight from a car outside his rudimentary Al Pasha hairdressing salon, in Baghdad's dusty Al-Salam quarter. The assailant strides deliberately into the shop and coldly turns to face Ahmed. He presses a pistol to the stunned barber's lower lip, carefully angling the weapon to ensure that the bullet exits through his left jaw. Ahmed, 37, is still standing - but three shots to his legs as the gunman makes his getaway drop him to the floor in a pool of his own blood. His survival...
  • Saddam, the ATM of Al Qaeda

    11/12/2004 11:09:57 AM PST · by Peach · 50 replies · 4,315+ views
    Frontpage Magazine ^ | November 12, 2004 | Christopher S. Carson
    Saddam, the ATM of Al Qaeda By Christopher S. Carson | November 15, 2004 The Report of the 9/11 Commission has been digested, and the news media outlets have seized upon it as confirmation of their view that al Qaeda is a kind of purely stateless entity that never had "operational links" with rogue states like Iraq. Somehow, goes the thrust of the Report, Osama bin Laden was for years able to finance, train and supply an international terrorist corporation that had ongoing jihad operations in fifty countries - by himself, on no more than a $30 million personal...
  • Falluja Returnees Angry, 'City Unfit for Animals'

    12/24/2004 4:36:01 AM PST · by foolscap · 128 replies · 2,666+ views ^ | Dec 24, 2004 | Fadil al-Badrani
    FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqis reacted with anger, frustration and resentment Friday after many returned to Falluja to discover their homes in rubble and their livelihoods ruined following last month's U.S. offensive. "I saw the city and al-Andalus destroyed," said Ali Mahmood, 35, referring to the district of the city he returned to briefly Thursday but now plans to leave after seeing the mess. "My house is completely destroyed. There is nothing left for me to stay for," the teacher said, adding that he would rather live in the tented camp outside Falluja that has been his family's home for...
  • The Halabja- Falluja Paradox

    12/22/2004 11:47:25 PM PST · by chava · 2 replies · 342+ views ^ | 1 December 2004 | Dr. Nazhad Khasraw Hawramany The Halabja- Falluja Paradox By: Dr. Nazhad Khasraw Hawramany Dec 1, 2004 For an uninformed outsider the names of cities like Halabja and Falluja might be just exotic names for foreign cities like many similar other names all over this planet. For us Kurdistanis and Iraqis, these names have very deep and different meanings, because we are acquainted with the events and stories attached to those cities. It simply tells the story of Kurds and Arabs in Iraq, the story of decades of suffering and genocide on one side and of human cruelty and disregard of human lives on...
  • Indiana Jones leads Hollywood version of battle for Falluja

    12/16/2004 9:16:01 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 36 replies · 909+ views
    The Guardian ^ | December 17, 2004 | Dan Glaister
    Hollywood has joined the war. Universal Pictures announced yesterday that it is to make The Battle for Falluja. To prove it is serious, it has enlisted Indiana Jones himself, actor Harrison Ford, to help defeat the insurgency.
  • A U.S. soldier plays with displaced Iraqi children from Falluja

    12/15/2004 2:30:18 PM PST · by swilhelm73 · 37 replies · 1,231+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Dec 15, 2004 | Shamil Zhumatov
  • Marine Cpl. Hassoun Charged with Desertion in Iraq

    12/09/2004 10:40:30 PM PST · by Leroy S. Mort · 7 replies · 663+ views
    Reuters ^ | Dec 10 2004
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Marine Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun, who disappeared in Iraq in June and later turned up in Lebanon claiming he had been kidnapped by militants, was charged on Thursday with desertion, the Marine Corps said. After a five-month investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, Hassoun "is alleged to have taken unauthorized leave of the unit where he served as an Arabic interpreter," the service said in a release from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Hassoun was also charged with loss of government property and theft of a 9mm military pistol. The charges will now be considered by...
  • The battle of Fallujah (first-hand account embed, well worth the read but not for the young)

    11/28/2004 11:22:34 AM PST · by Former Military Chick · 60 replies · 6,732+ views | ^ | Nov. 24, 2004 | Tom Lasseter
    11.8.04, Monday FALLUJAH, Iraq - Capt. Sean Sims watched artillery shells fall and explode in a blast of sand and rubble, close enough to hear but too far to see what they hit. It was Sims' first daylight look at the rebel-held city of Fallujah on Monday afternoon, just hours before he would lead his men deep into its heart. Click here for photos A Marine Harrier jet screamed overhead. A Mark-19 automatic grenade launcher nearby let loose - bomb-boom-boom - sending grenades to burst in the distance. As commander of Alpha Company, of the 1st Infantry Division's Task Force...
  • Marines in Falluja Find Rebel Leader's Arsenal, in a Mosque [massive supply dwarves 100s others]

    11/24/2004 3:16:34 PM PST · by Mike Fieschko · 98 replies · 4,817+ views
    New York Times ^ | Nov 24, 2004 | ROBERT F. WORTH
    FALLUJA, Iraq, Nov. 24 - United States marines and Iraqi soldiers today discovered the empty home of Abdullah Janabi, the insurgent leader of this city's mujahedeen council, and his bomb-laden mosque, where they found a massive supply of weapons that dwarfed any of the hundreds of caches yet found, military officials said. American commanders say they do not believe Mr. Janabi has been in the city for some time, though The Washington Post published an interview with him last week in which he was quoted saying he was still in the city along with other insurgent fighters. As they comb...
  • What happened in the Fallujah mosque (Sites & MSNBC again)

    11/22/2004 9:04:46 AM PST · by Ordinary_American · 11 replies · 872+ views
    MSNBC ^ | November 22, 2004 | Kevin Sites
    Since the shooting in the mosque, I've been haunted that I have not been able to tell you directly what I saw or explain the process by which the world came to see it as well. As you know, I'm not some war-zone tourist with a camera who doesn't understand that ugly things happen in combat. I've spent most of the last five years covering global conflict. But I have never in my career been a "gotcha" reporter -- hoping for people to commit wrongdoings so I can catch them at it.
  • Clues on Hostages Emerge From Houses in Falluja

    11/21/2004 8:25:05 PM PST · by crushelits · 35 replies · 2,598+ views ^ | November 22, 2004 | Robert F. Worth
    FALLUJA, Iraq, Nov. 21 - In one house hung a black banner with the words "One God and Jihad" and a distinctive yellow sun, terrifyingly familiar as the backdrop to videotaped beheadings by the group of that name. In another house there was a cage large enough to hold a human and a wall marked with Arabic writing and what appears to be a fingerprint in dried blood. Before the doors to these houses in Falluja were thrown open to two reporters on Sunday, soldiers and intelligence officers had already carried away other items from them, handcuffs, shackles, militant propaganda,...
  • Marines Whip Ass In Falluja - VIDEO

    11/18/2004 7:07:44 PM PST · by steadfastpatriots · 6 replies · 1,656+ views ^ | 11-18-2004 |
    Dramatic footage of our brave Marines in Falluja. Pray for the fallen, say thanks to the soldiers who continue to serve with honor, and thank God that the United States Marine Corps is on our side, not theirs!
  • US troops find 'al-Zarqawi's HQ'(Zarqawi had an Al Qaeda sign out front)

    11/18/2004 2:02:53 PM PST · by Dog · 76 replies · 2,343+ views ^ | Nov 19 2004
    US troops sweeping through Fallujah believe they have found a training centre for the insurgent group headed by Jordanian terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. In video footage shot by an embedded CNN crew, soldiers walked through one imposing building with concrete columns with a large sign in Arabic on the wall reading "Al Qaeda Organisation" and "There is no God but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger."
  • Fahrenheit Falluja

    11/17/2004 2:55:43 PM PST · by Lando Lincoln · 9 replies · 1,380+ views
    The Reality Check ^ | 17 November 2004 | Irwin N. Graulich
    It is the Rodney King incident, Iraqi style. A piece of war taken totally out of context, for ratings and to make a reporter's career. Kevin Sites, the embedded NBC reporter in Falluja has tried to pull a "Michael Moore," using an "innocent (sic)" insurgent terrorist lying dead on the floor or playing possum with the marines. One day before, an enemy body lay in a similar position with a hidden booby trap, wounding several Americans. Another group of soldiers had previously been seriously injured by an Islamic combatant, who seemingly arose from the dead with his AK-47 blazing. This...

    11/17/2004 2:10:39 PM PST · by doug from upland · 70 replies · 2,357+ views
    11-17-04 | Doug from Upland
    I have spoken with the Public Relations Department of the Marine Corps. They are grateful for all the calls to the Commodant's office and know their number was published on FreeRepublic. Unfortunately, they have been absolutely overwhelmed with calls and it is taking them away from some of their other work. We will be better served by going after the media sources to tell the whole story of what the Marines are facing.
  • Slandering Private Ryan - In Fallujah

    11/17/2004 10:23:29 AM PST · by cgk · 41 replies · 1,535+ views
    SD Union Tribune ^ | 11-17-04 | David D. Perlmutter
    Slandering Private Ryan – in Fallujah By David D. PerlmutterNovember 17, 2004 It's an irony that the week that some American television stations pulled "Saving Private Ryan" because of harsh language, many others aired parts of a video that purports to show an American Marine shooting a wounded and unarmed civilian in Fallujah. The link between Steven Spielberg's fictional (but realistic) film about World War II and a real event in the Iraq war is a reminder that, with so few of us having combat experience or studying warfare in school, the historical context of modern combat needs to be...
  • Troops Move To Quell Insurgency In Mosul

    11/16/2004 8:25:13 PM PST · by iso · 51 replies · 2,542+ views
    <p>BAGHDAD, Nov. 16 -- U.S. and Iraqi troops entered Mosul in force Tuesday to retake streets and police stations seized by fighters in the northern city last week, while a prominent Iraqi insurgent claimed that the battle in Fallujah was only the beginning of an uprising that has already roiled parts of Iraq (news - web sites) dominated by Sunni Muslims.</p>
  • TO THE YOUNG MARINE IN FALLUJA -- FreeRepublic has your back

    11/16/2004 7:29:54 PM PST · by doug from upland · 967 replies · 15,961+ views
    11-16-04 | Doug from Upland
    <p>Every day, we are grateful to you and your comrades in arms for what you are doing for our country, and every day we pray for your safe return.</p> <p>We know what is going on in Fallujah. Animals are murdering human rights workers, beheading innocent civilians, and killing their own people. We know how these animals fight without wearing uniforms and how they booby trap bodies.</p>
  • (re: Fallujah Marine) Here is the enemy --- Commission on Human Rights in Geneva

    11/16/2004 6:24:52 PM PST · by doug from upland · 39 replies · 979+ views
    11-16-04 | Doug from Upland
    Her name is Louise Arbour. She is the top U.N. human rights official at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Yes, the U.N. Stop laughing. Come on, stop laughing. Ms. Arbour is calling for an investigation of a young American Marine who sent one of the scum of the earth to his reward. He did it to possibly save his life and the lives of his fellow Marines. The DFU rule --- if there is any doubt, kill the bad guy so he can't kill you. Ms. Arbour, you can go pound sand. Or, as a wretched...
  • Let's help this Marine (VANITY)

    11/16/2004 10:27:35 AM PST · by oldleft · 57 replies · 2,117+ views
    self | 11/16/04 | self
    I'm so damn mad about the cruxifiction that the brave Marine in the NBC video is taking. It make me want to put a boot up someone's behind, but since that would get me in trouble I've decided to try and take some action. If this goes to court martial I think we should take up a defense account for this guy and his family. Before that we can Freep the hell out of the media and the NIS for that matter. Any suggestions about how to support this guy would be appreciated and make my feel better.
  • Military investigates shooting of wounded insurgent

    11/15/2004 8:57:52 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 71 replies · 5,089+ views
    CNN ^ | November 16, 2004
    FALLUJA, Iraq (CNN) -- The U.S. military is investigating whether a Marine shot dead an unarmed, wounded insurgent during the battle for Falluja in an incident captured on videotape by a pool reporter.
  • His Men Always Came First (Fallujah: Fallen American Hero - MUST read!)

    11/15/2004 11:14:23 AM PST · by cgk · 37 replies · 3,311+ views
    SD Union Tribune ^ | 11-15-04 | Tom Lasseter
    His men always came first Their captain died in Fallujah firefight By Tom Lasseter KNIGHT RIDDER NEWS SERVICE November 15, 2004 FALLUJAH, Iraq – Army Capt. Sean Sims was up early Saturday, looking at maps of Fallujah and thinking of the day's battle. His fingers, dirty and cracked, traced a route that snaked down the city's southern corridor. "We've killed a lot of bad guys," he said. "But there's always going to be some guys left. They'll hide out and snipe at us for two months. I hope we've gotten the organized resistance." Sims, 32, from Eddy, Texas, commanded Alpha...
  • Rebels Routed in Falluja; Fighting Spreads Elsewhere

    11/14/2004 9:09:59 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 13 replies · 1,222+ views
    ALLUJA, Iraq, Nov. 14 - American forces overran the last center of rebel resistance in Falluja on Sunday after a weeklong invasion that smashed what they called the principal base for the Iraqi insurgency. While much of the city lay in smoking ruins and isolated bands of rebels still harassed American and Iraqi troops, the American takeover of Falluja addressed a growing problem that had gnawed at the Iraq occupation force for months. But American military commanders were reluctant to declare the invasion a total success and were forced to contend with insurgent violence spreading elsewhere, particularly in the northern...
  • The Larger Battle in Iraq

    11/14/2004 7:25:58 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 30 replies · 1,014+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 15, 2004
    Smashing through the narrow residential streets of Falluja is not the textbook way to conduct a counterinsurgency campaign, where winning hearts and minds is even more important than reasserting control over contested territory. American commanders understood that, and for months hoped to avoid the attack that began a week ago. Since then, the military advance has been relentless, while the political reaction in the Sunni Arab community has been highly negative. If Sunni hostility continues to deepen, Falluja could turn into a very costly victory. Many of Falluja's armed insurgents simply dispersed to other predominantly Sunni cities as soon as...
  • Insurgents Routed in Falluja; Smaller Bands Still Resist

    11/14/2004 6:00:09 PM PST · by Acton · 13 replies · 987+ views
    The New York Times ^ | November 14, 2004 | DEXTER FILKINS and ROBERT F. WORTH
    November 14, 2004 By ALLUJA, Iraq, Nov. 14 - Foot soldiers combed the smashed and deserted houses in southern Falluja this afternoon after a mechanized unit smashed through the neighborhood, called Shuhada, the day before, routing insurgents in their last major redoubt within the city. In house after house, the searches have turned up large caches of weaponry, like artillery shells and mortar rounds, along with electronics for making bombs and mujahedeen literature. Fearing booby traps, the troops generally entered the houses only after tanks rammed through walls or specialists put explosive charges on doors. As the searches moved southward...
  • US troops diverted to Mosul (with photos)

    11/13/2004 11:29:12 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 121 replies · 9,635+ views
    BBC ^ | November 14, 2004 | BBC
    Hundreds of US troops have been diverted from Falluja to Mosul, as violence continues to spread to other areas of Iraq. Cpl. William Johnson, from Philadelphia. After four days of fighting, insurgents are reported to be in control of parts of Mosul, where residents say gunmen are roaming the streets. Meanwhile, in Ramadi, clashes continued between troops and rebels. Lance Cpl. Hector Orrantia. And a US soldier has been killed and three others injured in an attack on a military base near Baghdad. A ban on civilian air traffic over Baghdad has been extended, which closes the airport indefinitely to...
  • U.S. Armored Forces Blast Their Way Into Rebel Nest in Falluja

    11/14/2004 6:44:11 AM PST · by bobsunshine · 13 replies · 1,760+ views
    NY Times ^ | 11/14/2004 | Dexter Filkins
    ALLUJA, Iraq, Nov. 13 - Army tanks and fighting vehicles blasted their way into the last main rebel stronghold in Falluja at sundown on Saturday after American warplanes and artillery prepared the way with a savage barrage on the district. Earlier in the afternoon, 10 separate plumes of smoke rose from southern Falluja, as if etched against the desert sky, and probably exclaiming catastrophe for the insurgents. "It's a broad attack against the entire southern front," said Col. Michael D. Formica, the Army commander in charge of the cordon effort around the city. "We're just pushing them against an anvil."...
  • Mission `accomplished': Troops near finale of fierce fight for Fallujah

    11/13/2004 11:09:53 PM PST · by TeleStraightShooter · 4 replies · 856+ views ^ | Sunday, November 14, 2004 | AP (not Armor Piercing)
    FALLUJAH, Iraq - After nearly a week of intense urban combat, the city of Fallujah is now ``occupied but not subdued,'' and there are no more major concentrations of insurgents still fighting American forces, U.S. military officials said yesterday. Artillery and airstrikes were halted after nightfall to prevent mistaken attacks on U.S. and Iraqi forces who had taken up positions throughout the city. Iraqi officials declared the operation to free Fallujah of militants ``accomplished'' but acknowledged the two most wanted figures in the city - Jordanian terror mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and Sheik Abdullah al-Janabi - had escaped. U.S. officers...
  • Iranian agents captured in Falluja

    11/13/2004 9:30:30 PM PST · by BigRedState · 37 replies · 2,945+ views
    Baghdad, Nov. 13 - Ten Iranian agents were arrested during a raid on a local mosque in Falluja following attacks by coalition forces. News of the arrests came at a press conference by the heads of the multinational and Iraqi forces in Falluja.
  • Fallujah is getting out of the U.S. control

    11/13/2004 9:10:57 PM PST · by Trippin · 78 replies · 3,971+ views
    U.S. and Iraqi forces in southern Fallujah came under a burst of bullets and rockets fired by Iraqi resistance fighters Friday night in what commanders described as one of the fiercest battles since the offensive broke out on Monday night. The U.S. is facing tough resistance and starting to loose control over the city unlike previous claims that the U.S. military has managed to control about 80 percent of the city Since the Iraqi PM Iyad Allawi gave orders to start the offensive on Monday, U.S. forces said it has gained control of the city's northern half while driving insurgents...
  • News Agencies Work with Insurgents

    11/13/2004 11:49:26 AM PST · by Retain Mike · 9 replies · 885+ views
    Central Command news release 04-11-04 illustrates efforts by major news organizations to setup photo ops to show the killing of American soldiers. In this ambush our Marines killed a cameraman who worked for a major news agency. Inspection of the videotape revealed footage of previous attacks on vehicles including use of RPG’s, an IED, and small arms. I copied the news release, will sens it to you next week by FAX if you can leave me a number under comments. As you view news footage, ask yourself whether the pictures were possible unless the insurgents told them the where and...

    11/12/2004 11:11:14 PM PST · by kattracks · 18 replies · 1,417+ views
    New York Post ^ | 11/13/04 | AP
    FALLUJAH, Iraq — Trooping past bodies and abandoned weapons, U.S. Marines blasted their way through walls and hammered open doors yesterday in the hunt for terrorists in Fallujah. As the main offensive pushed into the southern part of the city, Marines scoured a northern district looking for fighters hiding behind the front line. "What we're doing now is killing any that snuck in behind us or we might have missed earlier. And blowing up weapons caches," said 2nd Lt. Adrian Pirvu, 22, of Dearborn, Mich., leading a patrol from the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment. Explosions began rocking Fallujah...
  • Disguised in Iraqi Uniforms, Rebels (Terrorists) Kill a Marine (NYT admires the terrorists' "skill")

    11/12/2004 9:00:09 PM PST · by Straight Vermonter · 76 replies · 4,084+ views
    New Yawk Times ^ | 11/13/04
    ALLUJA, Iraq, Nov. 12 - The farther south the marines push through this rebellious city, the more often they notice that the men shooting at them are wearing tan uniforms with a smart-looking camouflage pattern that is the color of chocolate chips. Those are the uniforms of the Iraqi National Guard. On Friday, after several hours of nonstop gun battles around a mosque in southern Falluja had killed about 100 insurgents, the marines said that those tan uniforms had cost one of their own his life the day before. It happened in what they first called an ambush, but now...