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Woman and Children Trapped in Faluga by the Thousands PDF Print E-mail
Justice News
Thursday, 11 November 2004 13:33
from Reuters----emphasis added

U.S.-led troops pursued a major offensive in the Sunni Muslim city of Falluja, west of Baghdad o­n Thursday (November 11).

Residents said the stench of decomposing bodies hung over the battered city, power and water supplies had been cut for five days and food was running out for thousands of civilians trapped in their homes by the fighting.

About 10,000 U.S. soldiers and Marines, backed by 2,000 Iraqi government troops, are engaged in the battle for Iraq's most rebellious city, 50 km (32 miles) west of Baghdad.

"Everything is going according to plan. The forces have moved in from the north and have taken the majority of the city and they are going to just continue perusing the enemy but he has nowhere to hide so it should be over shortly," said U.S. Captain John Griffin.

With the offensive in its third full day, a death threat hung over three of interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi's relatives kidnapped by Islamist militants.

A militant group has threatened to behead Allawi's 75-year- old cousin Ghazi and two women relatives unless he calls off the assault. The government has said its policy will not change.

Insurgents have also hit back with bloody attacks in other towns and cities, mainly targeting Iraqi security forces.

U.S. commanders say rebel leaders may have fled Falluja before the offensive began. The military says 11 Americans and two Iraqi soldiers have been killed, along with many rebels.

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies said it was worried about the plight of the wounded in Falluja and about the thousands of civilian refugees who have fled the city.

The Iraqi Red Crescent has attempted to send humanitarian aid to families left in Falluja. The Society sent two trucks carrying aid to the city o­n Wednesday (November 11) but turned back after the U.S. offensivecontinued.
Last Updated on Thursday, 11 November 2004 13:33

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