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How The U.S. Murdered a City

Fallujah: The Truth at Last

Doctor Salam Ismael took aid to Fallujah last month. This is a report of his visit.



02/17/05 - - IT WAS the smell that first hit me, a smell that is difficult to describe, and one that will never leave me. It was the smell of death. Hundreds of corpses were decomposing in the houses, gardens and streets of Fallujah. Bodies were rotting where they had fallen-bodies of men, women and children, many half-eaten by wild dogs.

A wave of hate had wiped out two-thirds of the town, destroying houses and mosques, schools and clinics. This was the terrible and frightening power of the US military assault.

The accounts I heard over the next few days will live with me forever. You may think you know what happened in Fallujah. But the truth is worse than you could possibly have imagined.

In Saqlawiya, one of the makeshift refugee camps that surround Fallujah, we found a 17 year old woman. "I am Hudda Fawzi Salam Issawi from the Jolan district of Fallujah," she told me. "Five of us, including a 55 year old neighbour, were trapped together in our house in Fallujah when the siege began.

"On 9 November American marines came to our house. My father and the neighbour went to the door to meet them. We were not fighters. We thought we had nothing to fear. I ran into the kitchen to put on my veil, since men were going to enter our house and it would be wrong for them to see me with my hair uncovered. "This saved my life. As my father and neighbour approached the door, the Americans opened fire on them. They died instantly.

"Me and my 13 year old brother hid in the kitchen behind the fridge. The soldiers came into the house and caught my older sister. They beat her. Then they shot her. But they did not see me. Soon they left, but not before they had destroyed our furniture and stolen the money from my father's pocket."

Hudda told me how she comforted her dying sister by reading verses from the Koran. After four hours her sister died. For three days Hudda and her brother stayed with their murdered relatives. But they were thirsty and had only a few dates to eat. They feared the troops would return and decided to try to flee the city. But they were spotted by a US sniper.

Hudda was shot in the leg, her brother ran but was shot in the back and died instantly. "I prepared myself to die," she told me. "But I was found by an American woman soldier, and she took me to hospital." She was eventually reunited with the surviving members of her family.

I also found survivors of another family from the Jolan district. They told me that at the end of the second week of the siege the US troops swept through the Jolan. The Iraqi National Guard used loudspeakers to call on people to get out of the houses carrying white flags, bringing all their belongings with them. They were ordered to gather outside near the Jamah al-Furkan mosque in the centre of town.

On 12 November Eyad Naji Latif and eight members of his family-one of them a six month old child-gathered their belongings and walked in single file, as instructed, to the mosque.

When they reached the main road outside the mosque they heard a shout, but they could not understand what was being shouted. Eyad told me it could have been "now" in English. Then the firing began. US soldiers appeared on the roofs of surrounding houses and opened fire. Eyad's father was shot in the heart and his mother in the chest.

They died instantly. Two of Eyad's brothers were also hit, one in the chest and one in the neck. Two of the women were hit, one in the hand and one in the leg. Then the snipers killed the wife of one of Eyad's brothers. When she fell her five year old son ran to her and stood over her body. They shot him dead too. Survivors made desperate appeals to the troops to stop firing.

But Eyad told me that whenever one of them tried to raise a white flag they were shot. After several hours he tried to raise his arm with the flag. But they shot him in the arm. Finally he tried to raise his hand. So they shot him in the hand.

The five survivors, including the six month old child, lay in the street for seven hours. Then four of them crawled to the nearest home to find shelter. The next morning the brother who was shot in the neck also managed to crawl to safety. They all stayed in the house for eight days, surviving on roots and one cup of water, which they saved for the baby. On the eighth day they were discovered by some members of the Iraqi National Guard and taken to hospital in Fallujah. They heard the Americans were arresting any young men, so the family fled the hospital and finally obtained treatment in a nearby town.

They do not know in detail what happened to the other families who had gone to the mosque as instructed. But they told me the street was awash with blood. I had come to Fallujah in January as part of a humanitarian aid convoy funded by donations from Britain.

Our small convoy of trucks and vans brought 15 tons of flour, eight tons of rice, medical aid and 900 pieces of clothing for the orphans. We knew that thousands of refugees were camped in terrible conditions in four camps on the outskirts of town.

There we heard the accounts of families killed in their houses, of wounded people dragged into the streets and run over by tanks, of a container with the bodies of 481 civilians inside, of premeditated murder, looting and acts of savagery and cruelty that beggar belief.

Through the ruins That is why we decided to go into Fallujah and investigate. When we entered the town I almost did not recognise the place where I had worked as a doctor in April 2004, during the first siege.

We found people wandering like ghosts through the ruins. Some were looking for the bodies of relatives. Others were trying to recover some of their possessions from destroyed homes.

Here and there, small knots of people were queuing for fuel or food. In one queue some of the survivors were fighting over a blanket.

I remember being approached by an elderly woman, her eyes raw with tears. She grabbed my arm and told me how her house had been hit by a US bomb during an air raid. The ceiling collapsed on her 19 year old son, cutting off both his legs.

She could not get help. She could not go into the streets because the Americans had posted snipers on the roofs and were killing anyone who ventured out, even at night.

She tried her best to stop the bleeding, but it was to no avail. She stayed with him, her only son, until he died. He took four hours to die.

Fallujah's main hospital was seized by the US troops in the first days of the siege. The only other clinic, the Hey Nazzal, was hit twice by US missiles. Its medicines and medical equipment were all destroyed. There were no ambulances-the two ambulances that came to help the wounded were shot up and destroyed by US troops.

We visited houses in the Jolan district, a poor working class area in the north western part of the city that had been the centre of resistance during the April siege.

This quarter seemed to have been singled out for punishment during the second siege. We moved from house to house, discovering families dead in their beds, or cut down in living rooms or in the kitchen. House after house had furniture smashed and possessions scattered.

In some places we found bodies of fighters, dressed in black and with ammunition belts.

But in most of the houses, the bodies were of civilians. Many were dressed in housecoats, many of the women were not veiled-meaning there were no men other than family members in the house. There were no weapons, no spent cartridges.

It became clear to us that we were witnessing the aftermath of a massacre, the cold-blooded butchery of helpless and defenceless civilians.

Nobody knows how many died. The occupation forces are now bulldozing the neighbourhoods to cover up their crime. What happened in Fallujah was an act of barbarity. The whole world must be told the truth.

Dr Salam Ismael, now 28 years old, was head of junior doctors in Baghdad before the invasion of Iraq. He was in Fallujah in April 2004 where he treated casualties of the assault on the city.

At the end of 2004 he came to Britain to collect funds for an aid convoy to Fallujah. Now the British government does not want Dr Salam Ismael’s testimony to be heard.

He was due to come here last week to speak at trade union and anti-war meetings. But he was refused entry. The reason given was that he received expenses, covering the basic costs of his trip, when he came to Britain last year and this constitutes “illegal working”.

Dr Salam Ismael merely wishes to speak the truth. Yet it seems the freedom that Bush and Blair claim to champion in Iraq does not extend to allowing its citizens to travel freely.

Legal challenges, supported by the Stop the War Coalition, were launched this week in an effort to allow Dr Salam Ismael to come to Britain.

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We spoiled, fat, lazy Americans are in for a dreadful surprise. Acts such as these do not go unanswered--and it is all because of Bush and PNAC.


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Hi Catherine and Dori,

I posted the same story in the Miltary and Vetrans topic with a followup. If these stories are true (and I've seen many other reports that corroberate this one) are we still supposed to "Support Our Troops?" I don't believe the majority of our people over there do this sort of thing. But when you look at the prisons, toture, and this... it appears systematic... And, that is truely evil given the fact that we are in Iraq based on lies!!!

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This story should be posted wherever it will be seen, Ben...regardless if it's being repeated, IMHO.

Do we continue to support the troops? I don't see that we have a choice. We must. Are they following orders? Probably in most instances. Will the big-wigs be held accountable someday? Nope. If that was going to happen, Bush, Rumsfeld, Ashcroft, Powell, Rice, and especially Gonzo Gonazles would be in jail right now, hopefully facing a military tribunal. Instead, they are in the highest seats of power, so smug and self-rightous it's sickening.

I believe that more and more of the rest of the world are finding Americans to be the most disgusting creatures on the face of the earth. Yet, Bush will swagger and strut around in Europe next week, with an entourage of 1,000...like some mighty emperor. And the leaders will stroke and pet him, while he fools himself that he's well-liked and adored everywhere he goes.

The damned fool. :munky2:

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Benjammin', the second largest amount of troops in Iraq are mercenaries. They are allowed to do things our regular troops are not.

I would bet a lot of the problems are being caused by those highly paid mercenaries.


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No, we don't have to. it's a matter of choice. I say we work at bringing them home, Let's do that before they pass out the yellow mittens and have the out their cleaning up the DU.

Support them yes, demand they be brought home.


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Thank you all for the responses to this post. I know it is particularly disturbing. I love this Country, our troops, and what we're supposed to stand for. I've tried to serve this Country every way I can within ethical bounds.

After what we've done I don't think we should cut and run. We have too much responsibility now. But I do believe that the bastards and bitches who are resposible for demeaning our ideals do need to be brought to justice. And, we should work with the World community to ammeliorate our trangressions and minimize our corporate, "privatized" footprint in Iraq.

There is a gathering storm. See my posts in Current Events under "Who Lost Russia, China, India, et. al." The "Grand Chess Game" is under way. I have no problem with protecting the interests of the American people but not at the cost of their own morality.

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Perkins, John. "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man." Berret-Koehler Publishers Inc.: San Francisco

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and you believe this propaganda , CRAP...
you wasn't there , quit believing this made up crap.

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and you believe this propaganda , CRAP...
you wasn't there , quit believing this made up crap.


And you're there?

BTW it should be "you weren't there". The verb has to agree with the pronoun.

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i have the scars and metal in my body to prove my side.


BTW. who really gives a crap about The verb has to agree with the pronoun.

the metal in my body dosen't agree with my flesh, but who really gives a rats ass about that either...

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buckshot wrote:
i have the scars and metal in my body to prove my side.

BTW. who really gives a crap about The verb has to agree with the pronoun.

the metal in my body dosen't agree with my flesh, but who really gives a rats ass about that either...


Gee, why don't you wonder why you went there to get shot up in the first place? I'm still not sure I believe that you're a veteran. You seem too gung ho to be a seasoned veteran.

I have scares too, and metal fragments. So I can commiserate with you.

You still haven't read Smedley Butler's Book yet, have you? You're going to go to your grave believing in the this whole God and Country thing, aren't you?

Who really gives a "crap" about language? Well I do. Why should verbs agree with pronouns? When you don't use the rules for your native tongue it makes you look like a dullard. The first thing people judge you by is how you look. The second is by how you communicate. Since we can't see what you look like, we go by how you communicate.

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what you believe about me means nothing . i have nothing to prove to you, and really care less if you believe where my scars come from.
i've been at deaths door and i've seen whats going on first hand. before you post any more lies think about all of the truth you are killing. stick to the pictures atleast their funny.

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buckshot wrote:
http://untoldiraq.protectedsite.net/story/index.cfm


That's a fine example of an Astroturf Organization you've posted there Comrade Buckshot.

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what you believe about me means nothing .


Perception is everything Comrade Buckshot. It is everything. Your postings say a whole world about who you are, how you process what you see, what you hear and above all, what you believe.

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i have nothing to prove to you,


I'll buy that. In nearly a month you have yet to prove anything. I'll have to say that your claim "I have nothing to prove" is a true assessment of the facts.

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and really care less if you believe where my scars come from.


I'm telling you buddy, as a friend, you've got to read Smedley Butler's "War is a Racket". You're not seeing the whole picture here. Are you going to send your son or daughter or your grandchildren off to get their heads blown off for corporate greed? I know that I'm not going to fatten your corporate buddies pockets with my children's blood.

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i've been at deaths door and i've seen whats going on first hand.


That may be so. It seems as though you've learned nothing from the experience.

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before you post any more lies think about all of the truth you are killing.


Comrade Buckshot, posting some neo-con propaganda is hardly the truth.

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stick to the pictures atleast their funny.


Comrade Buckshot, you're a sick puppy. Or did I miss the pictures of the good we're doing over in Iraq?

Danny Schechter does a pretty good job of debunking your friend's propaganda Comrade Buckshot. And Danny did it way back in November of 2004.


http://www.newsdissector.org/blog/2004/ ... a-as-film/

You really are a one trick pony, aren't you?

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i take it this means nothing to you .. you care nothing about Gods people in other countries. as long as it's not going on in your backyard. if thats the case comrade seamus you are spoiled with our freedoms and selfish, this is no different from america going to war with germany. SOMEONE has to put a stop to people like sadam . what is your suggestion . do something about and save millions of lives or sit back like a fat rat and do nothing and watch millions die . mouse or man comrade seamus. and as far as proving anything well you just proved to me that your a selfish mouse. i really hope you enjoy sitting on your ass enjoying all the freedoms other people fought and died for. why don't you try thinking from the other side of the table, if you were an iraqi wouldn't you be happy to see america rid sadam and his murderous regime and free you.
Danny Schechter is a propaganda spreading idiot.

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Mr. Buckshot wrote:


http://members.cox.net/free_iraq/Free_Iraq.htm
i take it this means nothing to you ..


What are you talking about? Your "Free Iraq" Astroturf Organization?

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you care nothing about Gods people in other
countries. as long as it's not going on in your backyard.


It is going on in my backyard Mr. Buckshot. I'm a world citizen. I'm sure that that's a concept that escapes you.

buckshot wrote:
if thats the case comrade seamus you are
spoiled with our freedoms and selfish, this is no different from
america going to war with germany.


I guess you've got me there Mr. Buckshot. The Bush Family helped Hitler in his rise to power. The Bush Family helped Saddam as well. So, yes, there is a connection.

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SOMEONE has to put a stop to people like
sadam . what is your suggestion .


It's really quiet simple. Don't create Dictators like Saddam in the first place.

buckshot wrote:
do something about and save millions of lives or
sit back like a fat rat and do nothing and watch millions die . mouse or
man comrade seamus. and as far as proving anything well you just
proved to me that your a selfish mouse.


Tell me Mr. Buckshot, are we saving millions by polluting the environment in Iraq with Depleted Uranium? Please explain to me how it is you save millions of people by making their country unlivable?

Fat Rat? What? Have you been watching your copy of "Der ewige Jude"again?

How am I a mouse? Because I call you on your bullshit? You're reaching here Mr. Buckshot.

Why are you picking on my mouse? Would you rather I use a trackball instead? Would that make you feel better?

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i really hope you enjoy sitting on your ass
enjoying all the freedoms other people fought and died for.


And what sort of freedoms would you be talking about?

The freedom to enjoy Overpriced, poorly administered Healthcare?

The freedom to work 60 hours a week to support a family of four?

The freedom to enjoy nearly nonexistent affordable comprehensive public transport?

The freedom to breath polluted air and drink polluted water?

The freedom to eat tainted foodstuffs?

The freedom to shop at Wal-Mart?

The freedom to watch Fox News for the latest dose of infotainment?

The freedom to have my tax dollars go to the People's Republic of China? (hint, that's who holds a big portion of the national debt in the form of treasury bonds.)

Gee Mr. Buckshot, thanks for all of those freedoms.

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why don't you try thinking from the other side
of the table, if you were an iraqi wouldn't you be happy to see
america rid sadam and his murderous regime and free you.


Right now I think Iraqis are pissed off that they're worse off with the Americans than they were with Saddam.

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Danny Schechter is a propaganda spreading

idiot.


I'm sure that's true in your perception if you rely on Mikey Savage for your information.

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