Haditha, a farming town of 90,000 people a three-hour drive north from Baghdad, is an insurgent citadel. The Guardian gained a rare three-day access
to the town last week and found some disturbing facts. The town is totally ruled and controlled by insurgents.
Guardian gains rare access to Iraqi town and finds it fully in control of 'mujahideen'
A three-day visit by a reporter working for the Guardian last week established what neither the Iraqi government nor the US military has admitted:
Haditha, a farming town of 90,000 people by the Euphrates river, is an insurgent citadel.
That Islamist guerrillas were active in the area was no secret but only now has the extent of their control been revealed. They are the sole
authority, running the town's security, administration and communications.
A three-hour drive north from Baghdad, under the nose of an American base, it is a miniature Taliban-like state. Insurgents decide who lives and dies,
which salaries get paid, what people wear, what they watch and listen to.
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This must be known by the coalition forces. They seem unable do anything about it and they don´t want us to know, or at least they have kept it
quiet. I wonder if this is the only town ruled by insurgents...
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