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US forces to pull out of Falluja

US forces today announced an end to their siege of Falluja, saying they will pull out immediately to allow a newly-created, Iraqi security force to secure the city.
US marines in Falluja prepare to pull out of the city. Photograph: Ramzi Haidar/
US marines in Falluja prepare to pull out of the city. Photograph: Ramzi Haidar/
George Wright and agencies
Thursday April 29, 2004

The new force, known as the Falluja Protective Army, will consist of up to 1,100 Iraqi soldiers led by a former general from the military of Saddam Hussein and will begin moving into the city tomorrow.

Lieutenant Colonel Brennan Byrne said the agreement was reached late last night between US officials and Falluja police and civilian representatives. "The plan is that the whole of Falluja will be under the control of the FPA," Lt Col Byrne told the Associated Press.

Under the new agreement, marines will pull back from their positions in and around Falluja, while the FPA forms a new cordon around it and then moves into the city. According to one report, marines in the city's southern industrial area have already begun packing up gear and loading heavy trucks today after receiving orders to withdraw.

Lt Col Byrne identified the commander of the FPA as General Salah, a former division commander under Saddam. The force will be made up of former Iraqi soldiers and police and be subordinate to the marine 1st Expeditionary Force.

Many of the insurgents in Falluja are thought to be former members of Saddam's regime or military. Last week, Iraq's top US administrator, Paul Bremer, announced that the new Iraqi army would start recruiting top former Saddam-era officers who were not involved in the regime's crimes.

Civilian casualties and images of desperate residents fleeing the relentless onslaught of artillery and air raids have increased pressure on military commanders to seek alternatives to an all-out offensive against the besieged city.

"Violent military action by an occupying power against inhabitants of an occupied country will only make matters worse," the UN secretary-general, Kofi Annan, warned yesterday. "It's definitely time now for those who prefer restraint and dialogue to make their voices heard."

Mohsen Abdul-Hamid, a member of the US-appointed Iraqi governing council, has also called for a halt to attacks on Falluja. He said that if the US refused to stop its offensive, his Iraqi Islamic party would consider withdrawing from the council.

US warplanes yesterday dropped laser-guided bombs on guerrilla targets as battles broke out in several parts of the city, including areas that had previously been relatively quiet.

Witnesses reported that at least 25 buildings had been destroyed. At least 10 people were injured in the fighting, hospital officials said today.

One Falluja resident, Hassan al-Maadhidi, returned to the city after fleeing earlier fighting, and said he was distraught when he saw the devastation wrought by the latest onslaught.

"I returned to see houses destroyed, streets empty and shops bombarded," he told the Associated Press, adding that he was considering fleeing the city again.

But US military leaders insisted the strikes had been limited, targeting only insurgents. US Brigadier General Mark Kimmitt said: "Even though it may not look like it, there is still a determined aspiration on the part of the coalition to maintain a ceasefire and solve the situation in Falluja by peaceful means."
Troops from the 1st Marine Division surrounded the city nearly three weeks ago after a flare-up in insurgent attacks on the US-led forces. A series of fierce engagements - which are believed to have resulted in the death of many civilians in Falluja - gave way to a fragile truce. The ceasefire finally broke down earlier this week as violence spiralled and the US called in heavy artillery.

While there was no resumption of the intense bombardment today, news of the withdrawal was marred by controversy over the shooting of several Iraqi civilians at a checkpoint.

The military said a car crashed into a razor-wire cordon near the main checkpoint into Falluja and gunmen inside opened fire with assault rifles on the Americans.

US troops returned fire with a Humvee-mounted heavy machine gun, killing at least three men in the car, according to Captain James Edge, and injuring another. But al-Jazeera television said four civilians were killed when their minibus was destroyed in a hail of fire, in an "unprovoked attack" by marines at the checkpoint.


Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0%2C2763%2C1206015%2C00.html
I don't understand... where is the best army in the world? 29.Apr.2004 12:29

drt

My memory is beginning to fade into antiquity in the search for the last time this great powerful army did anything right. These guys would have been great for Charlie Chaplin movie or maybe the 3 stooges. Are they going to be brought back here now? Is there anyway to stop them from coming here and wreaking havoc? Can we pay someone to civilize them before they come back here?

You forgot something drt.............. 29.Apr.2004 15:03

RED, WHITE, and BLUE

You forgot to put an "i" between the d and the r. I'll forgive you this time. I know that people with your intelligence have trouble spelling.

NOW I understand... 29.Apr.2004 17:56

drt

Of course! How silly of me to think that it would have been enough for the cowards in the American Army to have killed the number of innocent civilians in Fallujah that they had already killed up to a few days ago. They had to leave with a bang! Typical mf Gringo style to bomb the hell out of more innocent civilians in Fallujah than during the rest of the entire war in one night! That is supposed to send some message? Hey Fallujans! I'm a sick psychopathic retarded antievolutionary missing link and I am the opposite of Midas, anything I touch turns into shit and death! So, whadcha tink bout dat? Take that, you Arabs, for being superior to me and all my millions of inbred honky crosseyed cousins and my failed genetic experiment of a president!!

I guess now that I understand the incredibly evil mentality of this evolutionary failure that the white Americans are turning out to be, it would be safe to warn brother humans around the world - particularly Africans and Latin Americans - LOOK OUT AND BEGIN TO STUDY THE LESSONS OF VIETNAM, AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ!! These satanic monsters are coming after you all next!! They might start with Venezuela because of the oil but if you all are stupid enough to commit the same mistake that the Muslims did and take American money/favors to separate and fight among yourselves, then they will get to hit at least two countries and plaster them into previous history before you all react together and drive them to the next continent where they get to try this all over again.

Only unity in the rest of the world against the USA will stop this war machine turned death juggernaut. The USA is now officially the planet's worst threat and it is so far gone that it has to be put down, like the rabid dog it is. If, no matter where they strike, the entire continent rises up against them, then they have to 'tink' twice before globetrotting for globalization's next genocidal venture. If Latins think that they can calm the monster's appetite by sacrificing Cuba or Venezuela, then they deserve the punishment that the cosmos will meet out to them when all start paying debts. Or if Africans thin that they will satisfy the genocidal voracity by sacrificing Sudan or someone else and letting Americans come in with their "peacekeeping" band of killer-psychopaths fresh from having their sick asses kicked in Iraq, they may just level your country before they leave again!

Don't trust them. Specially when they come around being all hippy and new age and flashing peace signs and wearing cool t-shirts and trying to spic your language. Don't trust them. Take constantly and everything from them but don't let them into your house or out with your sister. They can no longer be trusted. They used to be ok but now their social illness has infected them even if they don't know it and they are all dangerous and secretly think that they work for the CIA. The rabid gungho rambos you just have to shoot when you get a chance - that includes any Gringo in uniform!! There is no such thing as liberators anywhere in the American uniform so if you see one coming pray or run or hide if you don't have a gun and if you do, kill the sob. They are out to depopulate the planet so that they have their lebensraum and resources so no argument you have is going to mean shit to them. Avoid them or put them down.

Of course! How silly of me to think that it would have been enough for the cowards in the American Army to have killed the number of innocent civilians in Fallujah that they had already killed up to a few days ago. They had to leave with a bang! Typical mf Gringo style to bomb the hell out of more innocent civilians in Fallujah than during the rest of the entire war in one night! That is supposed to send some message? Hey Fallujans! I'm a sick psychopathic retarded antievolutionary missing link and I am the opposite of Midas, anything I touch turns into shit and death! So, whadcha tink bout dat? Take that, you Arabs, for being superior to me and all my millions of inbred honky crosseyed cousins and my failed genetic experiment of a president!!

I guess now that I understand the incredibly evil mentality of this evolutionary failure that the white Americans are turning out to be, it would be safe to warn brother humans around the world - particularly Africans and Latin Americans - LOOK OUT AND BEGIN TO STUDY THE LESSONS OF VIETNAM, AFGHANISTAN AND IRAQ!! These satanic monsters are coming after you all next!! They might start with Venezuela because of the oil but if you all are stupid enough to commit the same mistake that the Muslims did and take American money/favors to separate and fight among yourselves, then they will get to hit at least two countries and plaster them into previous history before you all react together and drive them to the next continent where they get to try this all over again.

Only unity in the rest of the world against the USA will stop this war machine turned death juggernaut. The USA is now officially the planet's worst threat and it is so far gone that it has to be put down, like the rabid dog it is. If, no matter where they strike, the entire continent rises up against them, then they have to 'tink' twice before globetrotting for globalization's next genocidal venture. If Latins think that they can calm the monster's appetite by sacrificing Cuba or Venezuela, then they deserve the punishment that the cosmos will meet out to them when all start paying debts. Or if Africans thin that they will satisfy the genocidal voracity by sacrificing Sudan or someone else and letting Americans come in with their "peacekeeping" band of killer-psychopaths fresh from having their sick asses kicked in Iraq, they may just level your country before they leave again!

Don't trust them. Specially when they come around being all hippy and new age and flashing peace signs and wearing cool t-shirts and trying to spic your language. Don't trust them. Take constantly and everything from them but don't let them into your house or out with your sister. They can no longer be trusted. They used to be ok but now their social illness has infected them even if they don't know it and they are all dangerous and secretly think that they work for the CIA. The rabid gungho rambos you just have to shoot when you get a chance - that includes any Gringo in uniform!! There is no such thing as liberators anywhere in the American uniform so if you see one coming pray or run or hide if you don't have a gun and if you do, kill the sob. They are out to depopulate the planet so that they have their lebensraum and resources so no argument you have is going to mean shit to them. Avoid them or put them down.

YOU MORON 29.Apr.2004 19:05

Future Marine 1110 ih8naacp

To drt,
How dare you call the armes forces cowards? I would like to see you go out there every day and get shot at for defending freedom. YOUR THE COWARD! They give their lives so you can bitch about everything that rubs you the wrong way, and hey if you hate my beloved country so much why dont you leave, you dope. I am 17 years of age and i am joining the Marine Corps this June, and I would like to see you call me a coward to my face, you spineless jerk. YOUR SO IGNORANT ITS RIDICULOUS! So why dont you pull your head out of your butt and shut up!



P.S. Your probably a
faggot aren't you?


Hey "Future Marine" 29.Apr.2004 23:46

Skullhunter

You talk real tough on a message board, just like the rest of your peers. Funny how I don't see that level of bravery out in the real world unless it's coming from a moving vehicle or some coward who only talks big when he's got ten or so of his buddies to back him up. Of course, that might be because I don't look like the standard "commie pinko hippie" stereotype, but I do probably look like I could paint somebody in seven different shades of hurt. I guess even the most primitive brains still have something of a survival instinct. Here's hoping you get a clue before the government you wish to slavishly serve uses you up and dumps you on the trash heap with all the other broken toys it has no use for anymore.

PS: Most of the "faggots" I know could probably break your easy-living wanna-be Rambo carcass into about a dozen pieces, none of which would likely ever fit back together properly. They don't have limp wrists, they've got upper arms the size of my thighs. You dolts keep relying on those stereotypes for your world view, you're going to end up regretting it.

"ih8naacp"?!? 30.Apr.2004 03:35

incontrovertible evidence of a TrollPost

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Im so scared 30.Apr.2004 10:31

Future Marine1110

Hey skullhunter,
You think im afraid of you? Anytime. Do you not watch the news? Did you see any Marines fighting from a vehicle... NO, I didn't think so. SHUT UP.


P.S. I know what all
those fudgepackers look
like, and im still not
afraid. Yea its my
email address so what
wanna fight about it

Angry little boy 30.Apr.2004 15:03

Skullhunter

Ooooh, the big bad soldier boy is mad at me. You know, if you actually stopped to read what I wrote instead of just reacting like an attack dog, you'd understand I wasn't talking about the marines in Iraq, I was talking about would-be tough guys here in the US. Ones that don't like to actually stop their car to talk shit to someone or try to get tough with them unless they've got that person heavily outnumbered. As far as you being afraid, of course you're not. Why would you be? You have no intention of actually doing anything besides talking tough unless you're in a situation where you run no risk for it, like here on PDX IMC. So let me tell you something, kid. You can tell me to shut up all you want, I'm not likely to anytime soon. I'm just going to sit here and laugh at you.

What???? 30.Apr.2004 19:47

Future Marine 1110 ih8naacp@yahoo.com

Hey skullhunter,
We were talking about soldiers fighting the war and you were bitching about somebody talking trash. Oh, and by the way I wouldn't be afraid if we were face to face.

P.S. if you can give a call

321-794-1428

You know... 30.Apr.2004 23:58

Skullhunter

...you really shouldn't give out the number for someone's cell phone in Florida like that. Even if it is yours. Now, after reading this: "I am 17 years of age and i am joining the Marine Corps this June, and I would like to see you call me a coward to my face, you spineless jerk.", I figured I was talking about someone, meaning you, talking shit they'd never have to back up. Given your alledged location, it looks like I was right too. But that's okay, with your attitude, eventually you will tangle with someone you shouldn't. Or you'll mess with someone when you've got loads of backup, and then they'll come visit you when you're all by your lonesome. Here's hoping you grow up before then, kid.