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'Scores of civilians' killed in Falluja
Tuesday 09 November 2004
Residents say scores of civilians have been killed
Muhammad Abbud said he watched his nine-year-old son bleed to death
at their Falluja home, unable to take him to hospital as fighting
raged in the streets and bombs rained down on the Iraqi city.
In the midst of a US onslaught and hemmed in by a round-the-clock
curfew, he said he had little choice but to bury his eldest son,
Ghaith, in the garden.
"My son got shrapnel in his stomach when our house was hit at dawn,
but we couldn't take him for treatment," said Abbud, a teacher. "We
buried him in the garden because it was too dangerous to go out. We
did not know how long the fighting would last."
Residents say scores of civilians have been killed or wounded in 24
hours of fighting since US-led forces pushed deep into the city on
Doctors said people brought in at least 15 dead civilians at the main
clinic in Falluja on Monday. By Tuesday, there were no clinics open,
residents said, and no way to count casualties.
Medical supplies low
US and Iraqi forces seized control of the city's main hospital,
across the Euphrates river from Falluja proper, hours before the
US forces have been steadily moving deeper into the city
Overnight US bombardments hit a clinic inside the Sunni Muslim city,
killing doctors, nurses and patients, residents said. US military
authorities denied the reports.
Interim Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi said troops detained 38
fighters entrenched at Falluja hospital and accused doctors there of
exaggerating civilian casualties.
Sami al-Jumaili, a doctor at Falluja hospital, said the city was
running out of medical supplies.
"There is not a single surgeon in Falluja. We had one ambulance hit
by US fire and a doctor wounded. There are scores of injured
civilians in their homes who we can't move," he said by telephone
from a house where he had gone to help the wounded.
"A 13-year-old child just died in my hands."
ICRC voices concern
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Tuesday
that it was extremely worried about the fate of people wounded in the
battle for control of the Iraqi city of Falluja.
"The ICRC urges the belligerents to ensure that all those in need of
such care - whether friend or foe - be given access to medical
facilities and that medical personnel and vehicles can function
without hindrance at all times," a statement said.
The organisation said it was "deeply concerned about reports that the
injured cannot receive adequate medical care".
Weekend air raids destroyed a clinic funded by an Islamic relief
organisation in the centre of Falluja and a nearby warehouse used to
store medical supplies, witnesses said.
Residents say there is no power and food supplies are running low
Many families fled the city of 300,000 long before the offensive
began. An official from a Sunni Muslim group with links to some
fighters in Falluja said on Monday only about 60,000 people remained.
Residents say they have no power and are using kerosene lamps at
night. They say they keep to ground floors for safety. Food shops
have been closed for six days.
"My kids are hysterical with fear," said Farhan Salih. "They are
traumatised by the sound but there is nowhere to take them."
US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Monday he did not
foresee large numbers of civilian casualties in the assault, saying
US forces were disciplined and precise.
Those words were of little comfort to the Abbud family, sitting in a
house damaged by the bomb that killed their child.
"We just bandaged his stomach and gave him water, but he was losing a
lot of blood. He died this afternoon," said Abbud.
More Than 200 U.S. Fallujah Casualties Reported
U.S. Troops Launch Second Phase Of Assault In Insurgents
November 11, 2004
NEAR FALLUJAH, Iraq -- U.S. soldiers and Marines launched a large
attack Thursday into the southern half of Fallujah, where insurgents
still holding, opening a second phase in the offensive, U.S.
The news follows reports that more than 200 U.S. soldiers have been
seriously hurt in the offensive and flown to Landstuhl Medical Center
The Center is usually used to treat severely wounded troops, but
there are no official casualty figures yet from the military about
the battle for Fallujah.
Two planes carrying about 90 wounded Marines and soldiers were due in
from Iraq today. Those are troops too seriously injured to be treated
at U.S military hospitals in Iraq.
A spokeswoman says doctors there are "very busy."
The large number of wounded sent to Germany suggests that fighting
may be more intense - at least in some areas - than the military had
The new assault began around sundown and followed three days of
fighting in the northern districts.
U.S. troops launched the first major assault against Fallujah late
Monday, pushing into northern districts until they reached the main
east-west highway that bisects the city.
Fighting has been underway since then to clear pockets of resistance
from northern areas, where insurgent positions were believed the
Commanders say their troops have cordoned off the entire city to
prevent fighters from escaping.
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US Troops Fighting New Iraq Rebellion
By Lech Mintowt-czyz
The Evening Standard - UK
The US has been forced to pull troops out of Fallujah to fight
growing insurgency in other Iraqi cities, it emerged today.
An entire light armoured brigade has been sent to bolster US forces
in Mosul, Iraq's third largest city, after insurgents stormed police
stations and looted weapons, ammunition and body armour.
They are also said to have seized five bridges across the Tigris and
have been seen riding through the streets waving their guns in
blatant shows of force.
Violence has also erupted in the "Sunni triangle" west of Baghdad
with ambushes and bombings in Tikrit, Kirkuk, Hawija, Samarra and
Ramadi, 30 miles west of Fallujah.
US commanders believe rebel leaders fled Fallujah before the American
assault and are organising the counter-attacks.
US wounded in Falluja hits 412
Saturday 13 November 2004
Bed capacity at Ramstein base in Germany has been increased
More than 70 US soldiers, most of them injured in Falluja, have been
flown from Iraq to a military hospital in Germany.
A C-141 transport plane brought the 73 newest patients to the US Air
Force's Ramstein base on Saturday morning.
The 73 new patients at the US military's Landstuhl Regional Medical
Centre pushed the number of arrivals this week to 412, nearly all of
whom were injured in Falluja, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
Military officials could not provide an exact breakdown on the number
of wounded from Falluja or the nature of their injuries.
Bed capacity at the hospital in rural western Germany has been
increased to handle the influx.
Landstuhl is the biggest US military hospital overseas, and its
doctors also handle soldiers with injuries and illnesses not related
It usually treats between 30 and 50 injured military personnel a day.
US and Iraqi forces launched a ground assault on Falluja late on
Iraqi Fighters Launch Mosul Uprising
(AP) -- The Iraqi government rushed reinforcements to the country's
third-largest city, Mosul, seeking to quell a deadly militant
uprising that U.S. officials suspected may be in support of the
resistance in Fallujah - now said to be under 80 percent U.S.
Police in Mosul largely disappeared from the streets, residents
reported Friday, and gangs of armed men brandishing automatic weapons
and rocket-propelled grenade launchers roamed the city, 362
kilometers north of Baghdad. Responding to the crisis, Iraqi
authorities dismissed Mosul's police chief after local officials
reported that officers were abandoning their stations to militants
without firing a shot.
Four U.S. helicopters were hit by insurgent groundfire in two
separate attacks near Fallujah, though their uninjured crews were
able to return to base safely, the U.S. military said yesterday.
Two Kiowa choppers were hit before dawn in an ambush by insurgents
firing rocket-propelled grenades and machines guns when U.S. pilots
flew in to investigate a body lying near a car. Two Apache
helicopters also came under small arms fire during a patrol southeast
of Fallujah late Friday.
Earlier Friday, insurgents shot down a U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk
helicopter north of Baghdad, wounding three crew members, the
military said. It was the third downed helicopter this week after two
Marine Super Cobras succumbed to ground fire in the Fallujah
In Fallujah, U.S. troops pushed insurgents into a narrow corner in
the southern end of the city after a four-day assault that the U.S.
military says has killed about 600 of them. Twenty-two Americans have
been killed and about about 170 wounded.
Yesterday, heavy U.S. airstrikes and artillery fire continued in
Fallujah through the morning after American warplanes launched three
dozen bombing raids overnight.
U.S. forces reported that mortar fire from inside the city has nearly
ceased while insurgent mortar attacks have been stepped up against
U.S. positions and bases outside of Fallujah.
Two mosques in the city were also hit late Friday after troops
reported sniper fire from inside. One mosque was hit by a .50 caliber
machine gun from an attack helicopter while warplanes dropped four
bombs on the second, destroying its minarets.
Despite the apparent success in Fallujah, violence flared elsewhere
in the volatile Sunni Muslim areas, including Mosul, where attacks
Thursday killed a U.S. soldier. Another soldier was killed in Baghdad
as clashes erupted Friday in at least four neighborhoods of the
capital. Clashes also broke out from Hawija and Tal Afar in the north
to Samarra - where the police chief was also fired - and Ramadi in
The most serious incidents took place in Mosul, a city of about 1
million people, where fighting raged for a second day. On Friday,
gunmen attacked the headquarters of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan
party in an hourlong battle that left six assailants dead, a party
Militants also burned down the offices of another Kurdish political
party, the Islamic Union of Kurdistan, after ordering people inside
the building to evacuate it, according to Ghibwar Faiqa, a senior
Yesterday, residents reported relative calm as patrols of Iraqi
National Guards roamed some parts of the city, while insurgents were
seen in other parts of the city.
The U.S. military said that 10 Iraqi National Guards were killed
since mass clashes erupted Thursday night.
Militants also assassinated the head of the city's anti-crime task
force, Brig. Gen. Mowaffaq Mohammed Dahham, and set fire to his home.
"With the start of operations in Fallujah a few days ago, we expected
that there would be some reaction here in Mosul," Brigadier General
Carter Ham, commander of U.S. forces in the city, told CNN from
Ham said he doubted the Mosul attackers were insurgents who fled
Fallujah and said most "were from the northern part of Iraq, in and
around Mosul and the Tigris River valley that's south of the city."
In a telephone interview with Al-Jazeera television, Saif al-Deen al-
Baghdadi, an official of the insurgents' political office, urged
militants to fight U.S. forces outside Fallujah.
"I call upon the scores or hundreds of the brothers from the
mujahedeen ... to press the American forces outside" Fallujah, al-
"We chose the path of armed jihad and say clearly that ridding Iraq
of the occupation will not be done by ballots. Ayad Allawi's
government ... represents the fundamentalist right-wing of the White
House and not the Iraqi people," he said - a reference to Iraq's
prime minister who gave to the go-ahead for the Fallujah invasion.
In addition to firing the Mosul police chief, Iraqi authorities also
dispatched four battalions of the Iraqi National Guard from garrisons
along the Syrian and Iranian borders.