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Iraq Dispatches: Resistance Spreads

While the US military says it now controls Fallujah and is simply "mopping up" what is left of the Iraqi resistance, over 400 soldiers wounded in the fighting have been flown out of Iraq to US air bases in
Germany.
The Iraqi Resistance Spreads
November 16, 2004

While the US military says it now controls Fallujah and is simply
"mopping up" what is left of the Iraqi resistance, over 400 soldiers
wounded in the fighting have been flown out of Iraq to US air bases in
Germany.

As giant C-141 transport planes carrying wounded and maimed American
soldiers roar over the Iraqi desert, armed men carrying rocket
propelled
grenades and kalashnikov machine guns roam freely in the streets of
Mosul, the third largest city in Iraq.

After the US military withdrew from inside Mosul, looters with
mattresses tied to the tops of cars and pushing desks in wheelbarrows
emptied the abandoned American base of its contents.

The horrendous situation afflicting civilians in Fallujah, which the
Iraqi Red Crescent Society refers to as a big disaster, didn't seem to
concern a contractor from India who works supplying US bases in Iraq.

"One thing I feel is that in Fallujah, most of the insurgents are there
and nobody bothered to clear them off," he said, speaking on condition
of anonymity, "So many innocent people were killed and no actions were
taken." He then added, "So one way is good to clear those insurgents."

The Iraqi Red Crescent Society states that scores of civilians have
died
in Fallujah. Thousands of families remain trapped in the city with no
source of food, clean water or electricity. They report outbreaks of
cholera, as well as children bleeding to death because there are no
medical facilities left in the city. Red Crescent attempts to get
relief
supplies through the US military cordon around the city have been
nearly
impossible.

Due to the disaster in Fallujah, Muqtada al-Sadr has announced that his
followers will boycott the elections, scheduled for January. The
Islamic
Party of Iraq is seriously considering boycotting them as well. Ayad
al-Azi, spokesman for the Islamic Party of Iraq, said, "The Americans
called for all the civilians to come to the mosques in Fallujah and
they
detained all of the men and let the women and children go. We are
calling for all the people in the world to look at this humanitarian
disaster." He added, "We are strongly considering withdrawing from the
elections."

With over 30 US troops dead and what US-appointed Iraqi security
advisor
Ayad Daoud claims are 1,000 insurgents killed in Fallujah, the goal of
their operation, capturing the Jordanian terrorist Abu Musab
al-Zarqawi,
has escaped them.

But Zarqawi isn't the only one to have escaped, as up to 80 percent of
the resistance fighters in Fallujah may have left before the siege even
began.

"The Iraqi government announced there are fifteen cities not under
their
control," said Dafer al-Ani, an Iraqi political analyst, "Fallujah and
Samarra are just the start, and there is serious resistance all over
Iraq now outside of the government's control. If we are talking about
Fallujah and Ramadi, they are using street fighting."

He continued, "It's not their [the Iraqi resistance] aim to keep
controlling the cities. They are just making the enemy lose as much as
possible and then pulling out to go to other cities. What everybody
knows is the resistance in Fallujah, they left before the siege of
Fallujah, and what they left was less than twenty percent of the
resistance there. And we can see what losses they caused for the
occupation forces around the country."

The Iraqi resistance now controls large areas of Ramadi, Samarra,
Haditha, Baquba, Hiyt, Qaim, Latifiyah, Taji, Khaldiyah, and Baghdad,
along with fighting in the holy city of Kerbala.

Having been closed on November 7, Baghdad International Airport remains
closed indefinitely. Along with the borders of Syria and Jordan being
closed under US-appointed Ayad Allawi's announcement of martial law in
Iraq, people here are now left with no exit from the liberated country.


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