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Violence flares in Fallujah as hundreds of new recruits join the anti-US resista (moved from ATSNN)

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posted on Dec, 12 2004 @ 11:18 AM
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 US-backed authorities.

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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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posted on Dec, 12 2004 @ 01:49 PM
This makes me wonder where those hundreds of new of recruits have been coming from. I have been researching a bit into claims that "over one million" Iranians may be in Iraq, but mostly supposedly to vote in the upcoming elections. I wouldn't be surprised if some of them have been killed in Iraq, and maybe taking up whatever arms they can get their hands on from the resistance to help fight the US/Iraqi forces. Washington has been accusing Iran and Syria for a while now of assisting the resistance in various ways. There have also been reports of US equipment under extreme duress, and some of it is failing. Conditions over there may well be a good bit worse that we are being told.

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