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3 January 2005

Iraq Diaries
PEOPLE IN EXILE
Sheila Provencher, Electronic Iraq (2 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.

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Iraq Diaries
VIOLENCE AS A CURE FOR FALLUJAH?
Cliff Kindy, Electronic Iraq (31 December 2004)

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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News & Analysis
THOUSANDS OF FALLUJAH RESIDENTS RETURN TO DEVASTATION
Report, IRIN (28 December 2004)

“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.

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Iraq Diaries
LIVING IN GARBAGE
Dahr Jamail, Electronic Iraq (27 December 2004)

The dump 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
remove the endless amounts of garbage from streets, blue garbage trucks rumble through the stinky dump, adding their loads of filth. 32 year-old Hattim lives in this wasteland with his family.

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Iraq Diaries
HOW CAN I DO THIS?
Doug Pritchard, Electronic Iraq (25 December 2004)

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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