[Marxism] US charged with using chem weapons in Fallujah

Fred Feldman ffeldman at bellatlantic.net
Thu Nov 11 03:54:03 MST 2004


IslamOnline.net
US Troops Reportedly Gassing Fallujah
Wed Nov 10, 2004 15:51
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US Troops Reportedly Gassing Fallujah

IslamOnline.net
http://www.islamonline.org/English/News/2004-11/10/article05.shtml
FALLUJAH, November 10 (IslamOnline.net & News Agencies) - US troops are
reportedly using chemical weapons and poisonous gas in its large-scale
offensive on the Iraqi resistance bastion of Fallujah, a grim reminder
of
Saddam Hussein¹s alleged gassing of the Kurds in 1988.

³The US occupation troops are gassing resistance fighters and
confronting
them with internationally-banned chemical weapons,² resistance sources
told
Al-Quds Press Wednesday, November 10.

The fatal weapons led to the deaths of tens of innocent civilians, whose
bodies litter sidewalks and streets, they added.

³They use chemical weapons out of despair and helplessness in the face
of
the steadfast and fierce resistance put up by Fallujah people, who drove
US
troops out of several districts, hoisting proudly Iraqi flags on them.
Resistance has also managed to destroy and set fire to a large number of
US
tanks and vehicles.

³The US troops have sprayed chemical and nerve gases on resistance
fighters,
turning them hysteric in a heartbreaking scene,² an Iraqi doctor, who
requested anonymity, told Al-Quds Press.

³Some Fallujah residents have been further burnt beyond treatment by
poisonous gases,² added resistance fighters, who took part in Golan
battles,
northwest of Fallujah.

In August last year, the United States admitted dropping the
internationally-banned incendiary weapon of napalm on Iraq, despite
earlier
denials by the Pentagon that the ³horrible² weapon had not been used in
the
three-week invasion of Iraq.

After the offensive on Iraq ended on April 9 last year, Iraqis began to
complain about unexploded cluster bombs that still litter their cities.
Media Blackout

The sources said that the media blackout, the banning of Al-Jazeera
satellite channel and subjective embedded journalists played well into
the
hands of the US military.

³Therefore, US troops opted for using internationally banned weapons to
soften the praiseworthy resistance of Fallujah people.

³More and more, the US military edits and censors reports sent by
embedded
journalists to their respective newspapers and news agencies,² the
sources
added.

Iraqi Defense Minister Hazem Al-Shaalan had said Tuesday, November 9,
would
be decisive. ³Al-Shaalan declaration meant nothing but the use of
chemical
weapons and poisonous gases to down Fallujah fighters,² observers told
Al-Quds Press.

The reported gassing stands as a grim reminder of Saddam Hussein's
alleged
gassing of the Kurdish community in the northern city of Halbja in 1988.
While the West insisted that Saddam was the one behind the heinous
attack,
the ousted president pointed fingers at the then Iranian regime.
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