[proletariat] Iraqis mutilate bodies of US troops killed by guerrillas
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Long live the resistance. I urge everyone strongly to get a copy of
Frantz Fanon's "The Wretched of The Earth" and to read it. This
book is very important to read with what is going on in Iraq. Even
if you have already read the book in the past, pick it up and read it
Iraqi mob mutilates bodies of US troops killed by guerrillas
By Phil Reeves in Tikrit
24 November 2003
Moments after Iraqi guerrillas killed two American troops
yesterday, a crowd swarmed to the car and began pummelling
the soldier's bodies with concrete blocks.
Witnesses to the assault in the northern city of Mosul said the
mob mutilated the blood-drenched bodies, rifled through their
pockets, looted their four-wheel-drive civilian car, smashed the
windows and tried to set it on fire.
One man was seen brandishing a wad of blood-soaked Iraqi
dinars, apparently stolen from the men. Bahaa Jassim, one of
those who saw the attack, said the soldiers' vehicle smashed
into a wall after they were shot and that the crowd stole their
weapons and backpacks.
The attack was unusually ferocious, even by the ruthless
standards of this seven-month conflict. It dealt a blow to the US
strategy of promoting the view that the majority of Iraqi civilians
are on the side of the "coalition", and that its only enemy is a
small number involved in armed resistance.
"They hate Americans round here," said one Iraqi on-looker.
"They've been doing many raids around here, so it's not
surprising they were attacked."
Reports from Iraqi witnesses said the soldiers' throats had been
slit and that they had been stabbed. A spokesman for the 101st
Airborne Division, which the two men belonged to, said they had
been shot. He said that they had been attacked when travelling
between US military bases.
It was the latest in a surge of attacks in Mosul, where two Black
Hawk helicopters crashed into one another a week ago after
guerrillas hit one with a missile. It killed 17 American soldiers in
the deadliest single strike against US forces since the
occupation began. Two Iraqis were killed on Saturday after a
bomb in an orange cart exploded alongside a passing American
The attacks were on the same day as the United States'
vice-chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, Peter Pace, was visiting
Iraq. Speaking inside the headquarters of the 4th Infantry
Division, a heavily marbled palace built by Saddam in Tikrit, the
four-star general said he had arrived to thank the troops, who on
Thursday celebrate Thanksgiving.
But his visit was too late for the two men in Mosul, as it was for
the 183 other American soldiers who have been killed in action
since President George Bush declared major combat
operations to be over on 1 May. It was also too late for a third
American soldier who was killed yesterday by a roadside bomb
attack on a US convoy in Baquba, close to the Iranian border.
Such attacks have become a daily event, and have highlighted
the US army's inadequate number of armoured Humvees.
There were two other roadside mine explosions in Fallujah, one
of which injured six Iraqis. The other hit a US convoy, but caused
Twenty miles south of Baghdad guerrillas continued their
campaign to try to prevent the Americans from re- establishing
an effective civil police by killing the chief of police in Latfiyah.
The occupation forces in Iraq are on heightened alert amid
warnings of increased attacks to mark the end of the Muslim holy
month of Ramadan. Civilian flights from Baghdad were
suspended at the weekend after airport officials confirmed a
DHL cargo plane had been hit on the wing by a ground-to-air
missile, forcing an emergency landing.
23 November 2003 20:21