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Gloria Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-10-04 04:09 PM
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Reports from the BBC from Fallujah are
Edited on Wed Nov-10-04 04:12 PM by Gloria
interesting to say the least. First of all, they are announcing that the reports are limited, of course, by the military ...which means, censored. But they are still pretty amazing. They read a couple of emails from Iraqis, one man who had been wounded by Americans but had escaped by boat (anti-American) the other from a woman who had left the city a month ago (pro-American/Allawi). The host put out a call to any who might be listening in the Fallujah area who might be able to email them directly.

They are saying that Fallujah has unleashed a torrent of violence around the country. Men going around with weapons all over the place, including Baghdad. Things are just out of control.

Most interesting was a report on US troops who were waiting to go into Fallujah. This was the first real fighting for most of them. Their leader was 25 years old, and it was his first time, too. They use hip-hop type music to "raise the morale." They are supposed to get revved up so they can kill, but the concern is that they "won't come down" afterward. this is the problem,why they kill civilians. It's all a theory that they can "come down" but only a theory.

This had to be the most chilling thing I have heard.
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cornermouse Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-10-04 04:15 PM
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1. You're looking at some psychologically damaged
troops. It happened in Vietnam too.
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Tempest Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-10-04 04:52 PM
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3. Story from Arab reporter in Fallujah
Eyewitness: Defiance amid carnage

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/3999899.stm

As US forces battle insurgents in streets strewn with rubble and corpses, Iraqi sources question the claims that the US controls much of Falluja. The BBC News website spoke by phone to Fadhil Badrani, a journalist in the city who reports for the BBC World Service in Arabic.


Wherever I went, I found broken buildings and bodies - local people and fighters killed on the streets.

<snip>

I also saw four crippled US tanks and three abandoned Humvees.

In the Hasbiyyah area, I counted the bodies of at least six US soldiers lying on the ground.

Some of them were badly mangled with various bits blown off. Others were in better condition, as if they had taken small-arms fire.

I noticed two of the US soldiers were still clutching their guns tightly across their chests. But most of their weapons were missing.

<snip>

I think it is misleading to say the US controls 70% of the city because the fighters are constantly on the move.

They go from street to street, attacking the army in some places, letting them through elsewhere so that they can attack them later.

<snip>

The fighters have told me they are prepared to resist the Americans until the death.

They say they are fighting not just for Falluja, but for all Iraq.

They express confidence that they will win in the end.

They say the idea is to inflict enough casualties on the American troops to force them to reconsider their mission.
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