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Fallujah Massacre PT 2

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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
      Monday evening.

      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
      onslaught began.

      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".

      Families flee

      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.
      officials said.

      The news follows reports that more than 200 U.S. soldiers have been
      seriously hurt in the offensive and flown to Landstuhl Medical Center
      in Germany.

      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
      initially indicated.

      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.

      Copyright 2004 by NBC10.com

      The Associated Press contributed to this report. All rights reserved.
      This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or


      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
      to combat.

      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
      central Iraq.

      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
      member said.

      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
      party member.

      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-
      Baghdadi said.

      "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.
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