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EuroObserver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-24-05 10:30 AM
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Notes on the Fallujah context of the Bush-Blair 'Bomb al-Jazeera' Memo
Edited on Thu Nov-24-05 10:32 AM by EuroObserver
This is the rough start of a work-in-progess. I'm posting it now since I'm obliged to be doing other work for a while, and hopefully in order to stimulate further research, observations and comments meanwhile from the team at DU. At the start of the siege, for example, much media attention focussed on humanitarian relief efforts including a supply 'caravan' from Baghdad... I apologise for length, rough formatting and other time-constraint-imposed limitations.

Question: What further information could the 'bomb al-Jazeera memo' contain that Blair is adamant should not be revealed? The abortive April Siege and Assault (still ill-resolved at the time of the Bush-Blair meeting) was undoubtedly discussed. Were plans also begun to be laid for the eventual November Assault? Including PR-control / media suppression?

The Mirror article is here: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/tm_objectid=16397937&method=full&siteid=94762&headline=bush-plot-to-bomb-his-arab-ally--name_page.html

Observations:

1. The 'memo' is a transcript of a face-to-face meeting between Bush and Blair at the White House on April 16 2004.

2. The two men apparently discussed Bush's desire at the time to "bomb al-Jazeera in Qatar and elsewhere."

3. At the time, the US was launching an "all-out assault on insurgents" in Fallujah, according to the Mirror. This is not strictly correct, since by April 15th the April assault by the 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade on Fallujah was well on the way to being halted, and 'Coalition' authorities had started to negotiate a cease-fire and hand-back of the city to local Iraqui representatives. A 'unilateral ceasefire' had been declared by the Marines on April 10th, and a cease-fire agreement with Iraqui representatives was in place on April 19th.

4. The transcript "also included details of troop deployments," and is apparently five pages long (http://www.friendsofaljazeera.org/node/389?PHPSESSID=a58d3b1ea902816f44f5d70d711d86b6)

Speculations:

--> It is highly likely that a large part, if not all, of the Bush-Blair meeting on April 16th 2004 was a discussion of the (ill-conceived and eventually aborted, as it turned out) April assault on Fallujah. Quite possibly the real story that Downing Street would like not to emerge from sources such as this memo or transcript would concern a Bush-Blair decision to order the suspension of this attack, almost certainly in the light of the negative media attention it had been receiving and therefore its negative consecuences - indeed, a 'public relations disaster' - in the 'battle for hearts and minds'. A decision may at that time have been discussed or taken to return to Fallujah later in the year (as was the case in November 2004).

--> It is in this context that Bush's (half-joking or deadly serious) desire to 'take out' unfriendy media sources such as Al-Jazeera would have most likely arisen. The April assault had to be aborted largely due to bad preparation and even worse publicity. The November assault would have to be planned more carefully and the media spin more tightly controlled.

--> It is instructive to observe that some of the most damning reports to emerge at the time from the April assault on Fallujah quoted doctors at the city's hospitals reporting numbers such as at least 50% civilians among at least 600 dead, attacks on ambulances, etc., all accompanied by photographs and video from the scene - much obtained by Al-Jazeera reporters but also by eg. Reuters. On the other hand, one of the first actions taken at the start of the November assault on Fallujah was to occupy or otherwise take out the city's hospitals, prevent ambulances from operating, and impose an almost total news blackout.

Fallujah April Timeline:

Wednesday March 31st: Killing of five soldiers north of Fallujah, March 31, and the murder and mutilation of four American private security specialists in Fallujah the same day.

Monday April 5th: "Operation Vigilant Resolve began on April 5, 2004 in and around the Fallujah and was designed to pacify violent elements in the area. The operation was conducted by U.S. Marines and Coalition forces. Coalition forces began preparations for Operation Vigilant Resolve following the March 31st killings of four contractors in Fallujah, and the five soldiers near Habbaniya." - http://www.pendleton.usmc.mil/press/kit/OIFII.asp

Tuesday April 6th: "Marines waged a fierce battle for hours Tuesday with gunmen holed up in a residential neighborhood of Fallujah. The military used a deadly AC-130 gunship to lay down a barrage of fire against guerrillas, and commanders said Marines were holding an area several blocks deep inside the city. At least two Marines were wounded. U.S. warplanes firing rockets destroyed four houses in Fallujah after nightfall Tuesday, witnesses said. A doctor said 26 Iraqis, including women and children, were killed and 30 wounded in the strike. The deaths brought to 34 the number of Iraqis killed in Fallujah on Tuesday." - http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,116262,00.html

Thursday April 8th: PRESS BRIEFING: Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez, Commander, Coalition Ground Forces - http://www.defenselink.mil/transcripts/2004/tr20040408-0589.html : "Today in Fallujah, the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force and the with the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps continue Operation Vigilant Resolve. They have made tremendous progress in restoring legitimate authority to Fallujah. There has been enemy resistance but fellow Iraqis and coalition forces continue the relentless pursuit of key targets in the heart of Fallujah. But the progress has been measurable.
"The Iraqi Civil Defense Corps and the coalition forces will conduct a deliberate, sustained operation that will eventually transition to stability operations once are objectives have been achieved. The Marines are making great progress, and I am totally confident that we will succeed. The security situation will improve over the days and weeks ahead.
"Once the security situation in Fallujah is stabilized, the citizens in Fallujah will find no better friend than the Marines of the 1st Expeditionary Force. They are experts at civil military operations, and they have substantial resources available to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Fallujah. That has been our commitment to the people of this country as long as we have been here, and we definitely intend to fulfill that promise. There is a new dawn approaching that will bring a bright, secure future to those Iraqis who have chosen to support freedom and democracy. That is what we stand for, that is what Iraqis expect, and that is what we are committed to in this country."

Friday April 9th (Easter: Good Friday): Coalition forces unilaterally suspended offensive military Operations in Fallujah - http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Apr2004/n04102004_200404103.html : "Sporadic gunfire continues in Iraq despite the coalition's offer of a cease-fire in Fallujah, coalition officials said today at a Baghdad news conference. "In Fallujah, the situation is under control," said Army Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, deputy operations director for Combined Joint Task Force 7. "The 1st Marine Expeditionary Force is responding to enemy provocations and attacks, although suspension of offensive operations on the part of the MEF continues.""

"At noon on April 9, Marines and Coalition forces unilaterally suspended combat in Fallujah in order to hold meetings between members of the Governing Council, the Fallujah leadership and the leadership of the anti-coalition forces, to allow the delivery of additional supplies by the relevant departments of the Iraqi government and to allow residents of Fallujah to tend to their wounded and dead." - Official Website for United States Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton - http://www.pendleton.usmc.mil/press/kit/OIFII.asp

Friday April 16th: U.S. OFFICIALS, IRAQIS NEGOTIATE IN FALLUJAH: "U.S. military and civilian officials met with leaders from Fallujah, a city ringed by U.S. Marines working to root out insurgents operating there, for the first time Friday since the siege of the central city began April 5." - http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/iraq_04-16-04.html

Monday April 19th: Cease-Fire Agreement Reached in Fallujah; 13 U.S. Troops Killed By Gerry J. Gilmore / American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, April 19, 2004 - http://www.defendamerica.mil/archive/2004-04/20040419pm1.html : "U.S., coalition and Iraqi officials have agreed "to implement a full and unbroken cease-fire" in the city of Fallujah, chief Coalition Provisional Authority spokesman Dan Senor said today in Baghdad. The agreement, Senor told reporters at a press briefing, was reached over a series of meetings over the past several days. The cease-fire agreement, he noted, features several points: Coalition forces will allow "unfettered" access to Fallujah General Hospital for treatment of sick and injured."

April 24th: Hostilities continuing... "The Marines divided Fallujah into four quadrants. The Order of Battle on 24 April 2004 consisted of 2/1 in the NW, 3/4 (ME) w/2 tanks in the NE, 1/5 w/6 tanks in the SE, and 2/2 w/4 tanks in the SW. The Marines were supported by AC-130 at night, F-15s and Cobra's in the day. However, the Cobra's were limited in their ability because of the threat from ground fire. The Marines were equiped with Advanced Combat Optical Gunsights (ACOGs) on only a quarter of their weapons. The US approach was to isolate via cross-streets, tanks, and back-clear. The insurgents fought from hard points, vehicle QRF, IEDs, rigged houses, and melted away to fight again." - http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/ops/oif-vigilant-resolve.htm

---

October 26th: No longer unknowable: Fallujah's April Civilian Toll is 600
Press Release, Iraq Body Count, 26 October 2004 - http://electroniciraq.net/news/1684.shtml : "Today the Iraq Body Count (IBC) website has published its analysis of the civilian dealth toll in the April 2004 siege of Falluja. This analysis leads to the conclusion that betweeen 572 and 616 of the approximately 800 reported deaths were of civilians, with over 300 of these being women and children."

Now studying / Highly recommended: Dahr Jamail's Iraq Dispatches: Vigilant Resolve
http://www.dahrjamailiraq.com/covering_iraq/archives//000197.php

<snip>

The targeting of ambulances by the US military was practiced with enough vigilance in Fallujah that the Iraqi Minister of Health on April 17 publicly pressed Paul Bremer to account for it. Bremer explained that the US authorities believed ambulances to have been used by fightersoffering, as a response, the very definition of collective punishment.33 Obstructing medical care, however, in some cases may have required more vigilance, as the following two medical accounts demonstrate:

The Americans shot out the lights in the front of our hospital, they prevented doctors from reaching the emergency unit at the hospital, and we quickly began to run out of supplies and much needed medications.34

One of my doctors in Falluja asked the Americans there if he could remove a wounded patient from the city. The soldier wouldnt let him move the victim, and said, We have dead soldiers here too. This is a war zone. The doctor wasnt allowed to remove the wounded man, and he died. So many doctors and ambulances have been turned back from checkpoints there.35

Such vigilance, too, is substitutable with the right hardware, if used illegally. A widely understood US military practice among the residents of Fallujah was the use of cluster bombs and flechettes.36 At Fallujah General Hospital, two orthopedic surgeons, Dr. Abdul Jabbar and Dr. Rashid spoke testified to this. Dr. Abdul Jabbar reported that Many people were injured and killed by cluster bombs. Of course they used cluster bombs-we heard them, as well as treated people who had been hit by them. Dr. Rashid agreed, saying, I saw the cluster bombs with my own eyes. We dont need any evidence. Most of these bombs fell on the families. The fightersthey know how to escape. But not the civilians.37

He added that of the 800-1200 estimated Iraqi deaths in Fallujah, not less than 60%...were women and children. You can go see the graves for yourself. At Noman Hospital in Al-Adhamiya, a doctor there too said of the people who came in from Fallujah from ten days earlier, that mostwere children, women and elderly.38 At Yarmouk Hospital, a lead doctor reported that he saw American soldiers killing women and children, calling the situation in Fallujah a massacre. The New York Times preferred the designation tremendously precise.39 And it was an apt one, according to one Fallujah resident, who after having escaped to Baghdad testified that US warplanes were bombing the city heavily prior to his departure, and that Marine snipers continued to secure residents of the besieged city, shot by shot. There were so many snipers, anyone leaving their house was killed.40 In the New York Times, this was called an acute willingness among insurgents to die.41

A doctor working in a temporary emergency clinic in Fallujah during Aprils siege posed a question on Democracy Now!, which he repeated:

When you see a child five years old with no head what can you say? When you see a child with no brain just an open cavity what can you say? When you see a mother just hold her infant with no head and the shells are all over her
body?42

The doctors question is a good one: in April of 2004, as a city was invaded and its residents were fleeing, hiding, or being massacred, there was considerable public awareness in the United States of human beings whose bodies had been mutilated in Iraq, thanks to our news media. But among thousands of references to mutilation in that month alone, we have yet to find one related to anything that happened after March 31st. Feckless, such a search denies that mutilation is something that happens to Blackwater-hired mercs and other professional, American killers, not to Iraqi babies with misplaced heads. So, today, we pose the Iraqi doctors question once again, this time looking backward: when you saw an Iraqi baby feeling for her shell-splattered head, what did you say? If youre the New York Times, you said, well, nothing;43 if youre Paul Bremer, you said vigilant resolve.

</snip>


More sources:

Remember Fallujah: http://www.rememberfallujah.org/events.htm


Pending: Document Fallujah November Assault (Operation Phantom Fury)

- Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Phantom_Fury : "Operation Al-Fajr ("The Dawn" in Arabic), also known as Operation Phantom Fury, was a joint U.S.-Iraqi offensive against rebel strongholds in the city of Fallujah, authorized by the Iraq interim government. The U.S. military called it "some of the heaviest urban combat Marines have been involved in since Hue City in Vietnam in 1968." <1> It was the second major operation in Fallujah; in April, Operation Vigilant Resolve was an abortive attempt to capture the city. That earlier operation was terminated when local leaders promised to curb the rebels."

- The Nation - http://www.thenation.com/doc/20041213/schuman
"While the North American news media have focused on the military triumph of US Marines in Falluja, little attention has been paid to reports that US armed forces killed scores of patients in an attack on a Falluja health center and have deprived civilians of medical care, food and water.

"Although the US military has dismissed accounts of the health center bombing as "unsubstantiated," in fact they are credible and come from multiple sources. Dr. Sami al-Jumaili described how US warplanes bombed the Central Health Centre in which he was working at 5:30 am on November 9. The clinic had been treating many of the city's sick and wounded after US forces took over the main hospital at the start of the invasion. According to Dr. al-Jumaili, US warplanes dropped three bombs on the clinic, where approximately sixty patients--many of whom had serious injuries from US aerial bombings and attacks--were being treated.

"Dr. al-Jumaili reports that thirty-five patients were killed in the airstrike, including two girls and three boys under the age of 10. In addition, he said, fifteen medics, four nurses and five health support staff were killed, among them health aides Sami Omar and Omar Mahmoud, nurses Ali Amini and Omar Ahmed, and physicians Muhammad Abbas, Hamid Rabia, Saluan al-Kubaissy and Mustafa Sheriff. "
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unhappycamper Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-24-05 11:51 AM
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1. Good work!
Perhaps you should think about posting this to the Research Forum, where others could contribute.
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EuroObserver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-24-05 12:27 PM
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2. Thanks. I will try to work on this over the weekend
and probably post to Research. Very little time now.

Meanwhile any contributions much appreciated.

--> Note that the November assault on Fallujah included participation of some expert British troops in the 'encirclement' - apparently to help 'mop-up' any trying to escape...

Part of the deal maybe at first discussed on April 16th?
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EuroObserver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-24-05 01:45 PM
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3. Nb. I have just seen the Guardian's take on this issue
- top of the front page of the (International) dead-tree edition, but, strangely, not at all prominent on the web site: http://www.guardian.co.uk/frontpage/story/0,,1649348,00.html

<snip>

The meeting between Mr Bush and Mr Blair took place at a time when Whitehall officials, intelligence officers, and British military commanders were expressing outrage at the scale of the US assault on the Iraqi city of Falluja, in which up to 1,000 civilians are feared to have died. Pictures of the attack shown on al-Jazeera had infuriated US generals. The government was also arguing with Washington about the number of extra British troops to be sent to Iraq at a time when it was feared they would be endangered by what a separately leaked Foreign Office memo called "heavy-handed" US military tactics.

There were UK anxieties that US bombing in civilian areas in Falluja would unite Sunnis and Shias against British forces. The criticism came not only from anti-war MPs, but from Mr Blair's most senior military, diplomatic, and intelligence advisers. When Mr Blair met Mr Bush in Washington, military advisers were urging the prime minister to send extra forces only on British terms. General Sir Mike Jackson, the head of the army, said while British troops had to fight with the Americans, "that does not mean we must be able to fight as the Americans".

</snip>

--> "There were UK anxieties that US bombing in civilian areas in Falluja would unite Sunnis and Shias against British forces." Undoubtedly: Shia unrest was at that time starting to brew in the south. But were there also fears expressed that those responsible may eventually have to answer for these actions in a War Crimes Tribunal or, since no war was ever declared, a Tribunal judging illegal aggression and crimes against humanity?
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EuroObserver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-24-05 02:24 PM
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4. Also, Boris Johnson, of UK right-wing Spectator, Telegraph:
See DU thread: "I'll go to jail to print the truth about Bush and al-Jazeera" - http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=103x175327

<snip>

What are we supposed to think? The meeting between Bush and Blair took place on April 16, 2004, at the height of the US assault on Fallujah, and there is circumstantial evidence for believing that Bush may indeed have said what he is alleged to have said.

We know that the administration was infuriated with the al-Jazeera coverage of the battle, and the way the station focused on the deaths of hundreds of people, including civilians, rather than the necessity of ridding the town of dangerous terrorists. We remember how Cheney and Rumsfeld both launched vehement attacks on the station, and accused it of aiding the rebels. We are told by the New York Times that there were shouty-crackers arguments within the administration, with some officials yelling that the channel should be shut down, and others saying that it would be better to work with the journalists in the hope of producing better coverage.

We also recall that the Americans have form when it comes to the mass media outlets of regimes they dislike. They blew up the Kabul bureau of al-Jazeera in 2002, and they pulverised the Baghdad bureau in April 2003, killing one of the reporters. In 1999 they managed to blow up the Serb TV station, killing two make-up girls, in circumstances that were never satisfactorily explained.
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EuroObserver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-24-05 08:36 PM
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11. Viz (Guardian Thursday 24th, just posted):
Edited on Thu Nov-24-05 09:08 PM by EuroObserver
{original Guardian image eliminated, because apparently (in spanish, aleatoria) - in English: will change every day?}

ed: also saved own archives: available to be posted elsewhere...

(Thanks, guys).

In fact, archived here:
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jmatthan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-24-05 03:47 PM
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5. Please also refer to the testimony

given by live witnesses at the Iraq Tribunal in Turkey.

http://jmpolitics.blogspot.com/2005/06/tribunal-on-iraq-istanbul-23rd-27th.html
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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-24-05 04:22 PM
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6. BBC Newsnight did a short bit about this last night
Still available on the web for download for the next hour or so at

Their speculation was that the stuff in the transcript apart from the 'bomb Al Jazeera' bit was criticism by Blair of the heavy-handedness of the recent American tactics in Falluja. In particular, they linked to a leak that appeared in the Sunday Times on May 24th, 2004 - "British Fears on US Tactics are Leaked". Even more interestingly, Raw Story, when reporting the charge of Keogh and O'Connor on the 17th November 2005, said it was for that leak to the Sunday Times (which is no longer available from the Sunday Times (you need a subscription for the archives), but Raw Story has reproduced it in full). That was also the document the BBC said the two had been charged, and Reuters via ABC, and The Guardian hinted at that too.

However, The Independent said on the 18th November the charge was because of a Bush-Blair conversation (saved via Russian mirror site since The Independent also charges for its archives).

Meanwhile, when the Sunday Times reported the charging on the 2 men last Sunday, they said:

The document is said to be the transcript of a conversation between Tony Blair and President George Bush in spring 2004. It is believed to show Blair disagreed with Bush over their strategy on Iraq.

The men also revealed sensitive information on the situation in Iraq, including intelligence sources and details of future military movements.

Last week several media organisations claimed the information had also been leaked to The Sunday Times. However, the Metropolitan police, Crown Prosecution Service and Clarke said this was not the case.


and I suppose they ought to know. But maybe that means that the gist of the disagreement was the same as the Foreign Office memo leaked to the Sunday Times, and some of the media jumped to the conclusion that was what it was, having heard of the 'heavy-handed' complaint. Those appear to be the main reports of the charge before the Mirror revealed the al Jazeera link.
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EuroObserver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-24-05 06:04 PM
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8. Thanks for being so much on the ball, Muriel.
And thanks for the Raw Story 'Foreign Office Memo (May 24, 2004)' source! - http://rawstory.com/news/2005/Sunday_Times_leaked_Iraq_memo_on_1117.html

I got to last night's Newsnight on broadband (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/newsnight/default.stm) in time - and had to wait through all that crap about British drinking habits) {g}.

Richard Norton-Taylor makes a very good point: how the hell can 'they' expect to be able to try such a case? Also noted that the details of the civilian casualties in Falluja, April 2005, were, as usual, very understated.

Anyway, it seems to me that the important work, just now, should be less about playing to the 'usual' opera; much more about preparing the case for presentation to a much wider (US, of course) audience.

Are you with me? See you all in the new Research Forum?
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Clara T Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-24-05 05:12 PM
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7. The War Crimes in Falluja
are monstrous and many.

They have also served as the blueprint for dealing death in Iraq. All that occurred in Falluja, and none of this is a secret, is being implemented in Iraq every day. It is simply not as concentrated or as grand in scale. The methodologies and most of the weaponry is the same.

"Wipe it away"
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evermind Donating Member (833 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-24-05 06:47 PM
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9. You mention the Iraqi Health Ministry official - have you seen
Edited on Thu Nov-24-05 06:50 PM by evermind
the reports of the press conference he held, where he accused the US directly of use of toxic weapons? He had been sent by the Iraqi government to investigate health conditions in Fallujah, and concluded that the US had used banned weapons.

This was a very surprising story at the time, to me anyway, since I assumed the public statements of Iraqi ministry spokespeople were more or less under US control...

Though Dr Khalid ash-Shaykhli's press conference (apparently of early April this year) was attended by international press, including Knight-Ridder and Washington Post, I don't believe there was any US reporting of it outside fringe sources at the time.

The story was covered by the Moscow Times ( http://context.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2005/03/18/120.html )

Excerpt:


Dr. ash-Shaykhli was sent by the pro-American Baghdad government to assess health conditions in Fallujah, a city of 300,000 that was razed to the ground by a U.S. assault on a few hundred insurgents, most of whom slipped away long before the attack. The ruin of the city was complete: Every single house was either destroyed (from 75 to 80 percent of the total) or heavily damaged. The city's entire infrastructure - water, electricity, food, transport, medicine - was obliterated. Indeed, the city's hospitals were among the first targets, in order to prevent medical workers from spreading "propaganda" about civilian casualties, U.S. officials said at the time.

Eyewitness accounts from the few survivors of the onslaught, which killed an estimated 1,200 noncombatants, have consistently reported the use of "burning chemicals" by American forces: horrible concoctions that roasted people alive with an unquenchable jellied fire, InterPress reported. They also tell of whole quadrants of the city in which nothing was left alive, not even dogs or goats - quadrants that were sealed off by the victorious Americans for mysterious scouring operations after the battle. Others told of widespread use of cluster bombs in civilian areas - a flagrant violation of the Geneva Conventions, but a standard practice throughout the war.

The few fragments of this information that made it through the ever-
vigilant filter were instantly dismissed as anti-American propaganda, although they often came from civilians who had opposed the heavy-handed insurgent presence in the town. Rejected as well were the innumerable horror stories of those who had seen their whole
families - including women, children, the sick and the elderly - slaughtered in the "liberal rules of engagement" established by Bush's top brass. Most of the city was declared "weapons-free": military jargon meaning that soldiers could shoot "whatever they see - it's all considered hostile," The New York Times reported, in a story buried deep inside the paper.

Yet the ash-Shaykhli team - again, appointed by the Bush-backed government - confirmed the use of "mustard gas, nerve gas and other burning chemicals" by U.S. forces during the battle. Dr. ash-Shaykhli said that survivors - still living in refugee camps, along with some 200,000 former Fallujah residents who fled before the assault - are now showing the medical effects of attack by chemical agents and the use of depleted uranium shells. (American officials have admitted raining more than 250,000 pounds of toxin-tipped DU ammunition on Iraqis since the war began.)


The Moscow Times story comes packed with links to other information, which you might like to check out.

Googling on Dr ash-Shaykhli's name will turn up other coverage.

The Fallujah story is also covered in some depth at uruknet: http://www.uruknet.info/?p=12676 (WARNING: GRUESOME PICTURES)



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EuroObserver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-24-05 08:03 PM
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10. Very good. Many thanks, evermind.
To the Research Forum soon with this!

More, please.

I will be largely unavailable Friday: back Sat/Sun.
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whatelseisnew Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-25-05 10:08 AM
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12. Thankyou E.O.
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