Fierce fighting erupted in the war-torn city of Fallujah, as well as in other places of Iraq, weeks after the US declared total control over the city.
The US military led several air strikes on fallujan neighborhoods and on Mosul. The resistance is gathering momentum as hundreds of fresh fighters
join the anti-US insurgency.
US bombing of the Iraqi city of Falluja is continuing as aircraft dropped a quarter- tonne bomb on Mosul, leaving an unknown number of casualties and
eight injured American soldiers. The bombing came after clashes erupted between US forces and fighters in the eastern parts of Falluja. An Iraqi
journalist, Fadil al-Badrani, described the fighting as the fiercest in two weeks.
Columns of smoke have been seen rising from the areas of al- Askari, al-Shuhada, al-Sinai and al-Jubail, the journalist told Aljazeera. Al-Badrani
added that explosions have also been heard in several areas of the city. The Iraqi Red Crescent has been unable to enter the neighbourhoods to
distribute medical and food supplies. Al-Badrani said some dead bodies were still lying in the city's streets, Aljazeera reported.
In other attacks across the country three high-ranking Iraqi police officers and seven Iraqi national guardsmen were among those killed.
The guardsmen were shot dead in the town of Hiyt in western Iraq when armed men ambushed their minibus, Captain Ahmad Jasim of the US-backed Iraqi
force said. Three others were wounded.
In southern Baghdad, guerrillas assassinated a police brigadier and a colonel, a police source said.
Near the northern town of al-Sharqat, a police colonel was one of two officers killed in an ambush. Three others, including another colonel, were
wounded. A police source said the brigadier and colonel killed in Baghdad worked at the interior ministry.
In the centre of the northern oil capital of Kirkuk, a car bomb exploded, badly damaging a US Humvee patrol vehicle and wounding two soldiers and an
interpreter, the US military said, adding that the wounded were in a stable condition.
Security officials and civil servants have become prime targets for fighters opposed to the US military presence and to Iraqis working for the
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As forecast by most political scientists and military observers, the US military is still far away from having broken the mujahideen's will to fight.
On the contrary, the american assaults seem to spur anti-US feeling in Iraq, as the resistance is gathering strengt. It is questionable whether the
american doctrine of 'overwhelming firepower' can achieve objectives against a popular guerilla force, which engenders huge civilian destruction and
more anti-US resentment. The pentagon's strategy in Iraq has also been compared to genocide, as the only method to root out a popular insurgency is by
massively killing insurgents and civilians alike, since they can only hardly be distinguished.
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