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Originally posted by Syrian Sister
not up to the challange?
here is another source for you don't worry, it doesn't have the star which you dread.
Originally posted by Muaddib
BTW, let's see one of the reasons why we were fighting this war. This picture was provided by Edsinger in another thread in this forum.
An Iraqi woman with a tear in her eye because she was able to vote.
US snipers on Samarra’s spiral minaret
By: Lucian Harris on: 02.04.2005 [23:19] (195 reads)
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US army snipers have been positioned at the top of the great spiral minaret of the 9th century al-Mutawakkil mosque in Samarra. Armed with 50 calibre rifles and working in 24-hour two-man shifts, the soldiers watch over this turbulent city in the Sunni triangle north of Baghdad, which continues to be a hotbed of resistance against the Coalition.
The 172-foot-high minaret, known as the Malwiya (spiral in Arabic), has a commanding view of the surrounding area, and the US army says that positioning snipers at its summit has drastically reduced the number of roadside bombs targeting military vehicles.
Nevertheless, their presence has raised concerns for the safety of one of the most important buildings in the history of Islamic architecture, of such significance for Iraqis that it is depicted on the new 250 dinar banknote.
Fallujah: History in the making
Helen Williams, Youth Aid Iraq,
Amman, 10 November 2004 — As I sit here in Amman in relative safety, I feel compelled to say something about the war crimes being committed against the people of Fallujah. I went to Fallujah during the April seige of the city and felt honoured to have been there - amongst the wonderful people and brave fighting men of the 'City of a Thousand Mosques'. By the time you get this it may all be over - America may have won their peace - but this is how things stood with me yesterday (Tuesday) evening.
So the final 'assault' (America's word) or massacre (everyone else's word) on Fallujah has begun. Dubbed 'Phantom Fury', it is the war the networks have been waiting for. CNN embeds Jane Arraf and Karl Penhaul spout propaganda and little else for the war-hungry American public back home. Indeed, last night (Monday), Penhaul had decided not to to accompany his unit into Fallujah, prefering to remain around a mile from the city limits because of the threat of booby trap bombs laid in the city by the Mujahadeen.
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(newspaper "Zavtra") happened to be in Fallujah, besieged by American troops. He escaped from the destroyed city and sent us his notes.
...Together with Americans the flies invaded the city. They are millions. The whole city seems to be under their power. The flies cover the corpses. The older is corpse, the more flies are upon it. First they cover a corpse as by some strange rash. Then they begin to swarm upon it, and then a gray moving shroud covers the corpse. Flies swarm upon some ruins as gray monstrous shadows. The stench is awful.
The flies are everywhere. In the hospital wards, operating rooms, canteen. You find them even where they cannot be. In the "humanitarian" plastic bottle with warm plastic-stinking water. The bottle is almost full, simply someone opened it for a second and made a gulp, but this black spot is already floating there...
Two Weeks In Falluja
By: Mark Manning on: 31.03.2005 [14:10] (128 reads)
03/30/05 "ICH" - - I got back from Iraq a few weeks ago where I stayed inside the city of Falluja and lived with the refugees of that city for over two weeks. I decided to go there because it seems to be the heart of the trouble in Iraq and the place to see if any sense or peace can be found. I had also heard that the city had 250,000 citizens in it who were told to leave when my government attacked, yet there had been no stories of their situation in our media. As an American, I felt responsible for this and decided to take a look myself.
BAGHDAD, December 31, 2004 (IPS/GIN)— The U.S. military has been preventing delivery of medical care in several instances, medical staff say.
Iraqi doctors at many hospitals have reported raids by coalition forces. Some of the more recent raids have been in Amiriyat al-Fallujah, about 10km to the east of Fallujah, the town U.S. forces now hold after a bloody assault. Amiriyat al-Fallujah has been the source of several reported resistance attacks on U.S. forces.
The main hospital in Amiriyat al-Fallujah was raided twice recently by U.S. soldiers and members of the Iraqi National Guard, doctors say. “The first time was November 29 at 5:40 a.m., and the second time was the following day,” said a doctor at the hospital who did not want to give his real name for fear of U.S. reprisals.