[Marxism] Fw: URGENT! US launches massive offensive on al-Fallujah.
pieinsky at igc.org
Wed Aug 25 17:43:53 MDT 2004
On Wednesday morning the US has reportedly launched
the most massive all-out assault on the defiant city
of al-Fallujah since the American occupation of Iraq.
News from there will be hard to come by since the US
has cut off ALL communications with the outside world
and even portable phones cannot be used because US
aircraft home in on the signals and bomb the user and
all around him/her.
Some information has managed to get out and is
reported by the website Mafkarat al-Islam, whose
reporters go to the very front lines and as a result,
two of their reporters that we know of have been
martyred and one other severely wounded in the last
As much as the US seeks to black out the news of
al-Fallujah, we must broadcast it!
Muhammad Abu Nasr.
English follows Arabic.
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US launches most massive offensive on al-Fallujah
since the occupation of Iraq.
25 August 2004, 10:25am Mecca time.
In a dispatch posted at 10:25am Mecca time Wednesday,
the correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam in al-Fallujah
reported that US forces had begun a new major
offensive Wednesday morning against the city. He
wrote that the largest attack ever undertaken since
the occupation of Iraq had begun.
The correspondent reported that US forces began their
all-out offensive on the city from all directions
making airborne landings as F-14, F-16, and F-18
fighter bombers crisscrossed the skies above. The US
aircraft have been intensly bombing and bombardment of
the neighborhoods of al-'Askari, ash-Shuhada',
al-Jawlan, and the industrial zone of the city. The
Americans have closed all the roads leading to and
from al-Fallujah, including minor routes and byways,
and have cut off all communications with the city.
The Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reports that there
are large columns of American forces coming up to the
city from Baghdad, in particular from the central
command. These are made up of giant Abrams tanks and
Bradley fighting vehicles. Massive contingents of
Marines are moving up driving Humvees.
Limited information indicates that the Iraqi
Resistance forces in al-Fallujah have destroyed five
US armored vehicles and killed at least 28 US
The Mafkarat al-Islam website reports that it will
continue to follow the situation in al-Fallujah as it
unfolds, despite the severe difficulties involved due
to a total US shut-down of communications with the
besieged city. Individuals who manage to slip in and
out of the city through the US blockade are able to
Eye witnesses report that this latest US offensive
differs from previous attacks in that it is far more
ferocious and in that the Americans have brought much
larger forces into the assault.
It appears that the Pentagon hopes to cover up its
failure to crack the Resistance in an-Najaf by an
attack on al-Fallujah. During the spring, the US
similarly attempted to distract attention from its
failure in al-Fallujah by opening a front in an-Najaf.
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