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3 January 2005
“Open the door! Open the door!” The soldier’s face was only about a foot away. “Give me the camera,” he demanded. “Now!” My colleague Tom had been on our apartment rooftop moments before. He saw about 10 young soldiers playing with neighborhood kids. The soldiers swung the children into the air, earning giggles and shrieks of delight. Tom snapped a picture. “I wanted a photo so I could prove that soldiers do something more than just shoot people,” he later explained.
On November 4, the U.S. Military bombed Fallujah as a prelude to an assault on the city of 300,000. More than seven weeks have passed since the first bombing runs. U.S. troops outnumbered the estimated insurgents three fold and had support from Iraqi forces. The U.S. held superiority in firepower and controlled the skies. Yet, the battle for Fallujah continues now with more bombing runs, house raids, and arrests across the city.
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“Fallujah is nothing but destruction and empty areas. It’s a new desert inside Iraq. Those who have returned to their homes in the past few days lack the minimum conditions – the city is uninhabitable,” said Fadhel Kubaissy, a resident who returned home but left again with his family after finding his house in ruins.
is a dusty wasteland. Heaps of Baghdad’s rotting wastes are
strewn about several square miles of the battered capital city. Engaged
in their futile battle to
In his study, he showed us his machine gun and the ski-mask he wears when he sometimes joins the three armed men guarding the church. “This is an abnormal situation. You in disguise. A priest with a gun. How can I do this?”
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