Shahzad Bhatti

November 28, 2004

US forces killed unarmed civilians

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US forces killed unarmed civilians
Some of the killings took place in the build-up to the assault on the rebel stronghold, and at least in one case – that of the death of a family of seven, including a three-month baby – the American authorities have admitted responsibility and offered compensation.

The doctor said that the attack took place despite assurances from American officers that they were aware of its location and would ensure that it was spared military action.

Dr Abbas, 28, said: “We had five people under treatment and they were killed. We do not know why the clinic was hit. Our colleagues from the Fallujah General Hospital, which was further out in the city, had talked to the Americans and had told us that they would avoid attacking us.

Israeli officer: I was right to shoot 13-year-old child

An Israeli army officer who repeatedly shot a 13-year-old Palestinian girl in Gaza dismissed a warning from another soldier that she was a child by saying he would have killed her even if she was three years old.
The officer, identified by the army only as Captain R, was charged this week with illegal use of his weapon, conduct unbecoming an officer and other relatively minor infractions after emptying all 10 bullets from his gun’s magazine into Iman al-Hams when she walked into a “security area” on the edge of Rafah refugee camp last month.

‘We Live Like Dogs’

The American warplanes came continuously through the night and bombed everywhere in Fallujah! It did not stop even for a moment! If the American forces did not find a target to bomb, they used sound bombs just to terrorize the people and children. The city stayed in fear; I cannot give a picture of how panicked everyone was.”

He is shaking with grief and anger. “In the mornings, I found Fallujah empty, as if nobody lives in it. Even poisonous gases have been used in Fallujah – they used everything – tanks, artillery, infantry, poison gas. Fallujah has been bombed to the ground. Nothing is left.”

He continues on, “There are bodies the Americans threw in the river. I saw them do this! And anyone who stayed thought they would be killed by the Americans, so they tried to swim across the river. Even then the Americans shot them with rifles from the shore! Even if some of them were holding a white flag or white clothes over their heads to show they are not fighters, they were all shot! Even people who couldn’t swim tried to cross the river! They drowned rather than staying to be killed by the Americans.”

Poisonous gases have been used in Fallujah, 35-year-old trader from Fallujah Abu Hammad told IPS. They used everything — tanks, artillery, infantry, poison gas. Fallujah has been bombed to the ground.

Hammad is from the Julan district of Fallujah where some of the heaviest fighting occurred. Other residents of that area report the use of illegal weapons.

”They used these weird bombs that put up smoke like a mushroom cloud,” Abu Sabah, another Fallujah refugee from the Julan area told IPS. Then small pieces fall from the air with long tails of smoke behind them.”

He said pieces of these bombs exploded into large fires that burnt the skin even when water was thrown on the burns. Phosphorous weapons as well as napalm are known to cause such effects. ”People suffered so much from these,” he said.

Falluja: The 21st Century Guernica

Indeed, Peterson news all but drowned out the U.S. militarys claim that successful bombing and shelling of a city of 300,000 residents had struck only sites where insurgents had holed up. On November 15, the BBC embedded newsman with a marine detachment claimed that the unofficial death toll estimate had risen to well over 2,000, many of them civilians.

As Iraqi eyewitnesses told BBC reporters he had seen bombs hitting residential targets, Americans exchanged viewpoints and kinky jokes about Peterson. One photographer captured a Falluja man holding his dead son, one of two kids he lost to U.S. bombers. He could not get medical help to stop the bleeding.

A November 14 Reuters reporter wrote that residents told him that U.S. bombardments hit a clinic inside the Sunni Muslim city, killing doctors, nurses and patients.” The U.S. military denied the reports. Such stories did not make headlines. Civilian casualties in aggressive U.S. wars dont sell media space

November 18, 2004

Falluja women, children in mass grave

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Falluja women, children in mass grave

Residents of neighbouring Saqlawiya village have told Aljazeera that they helped bury the bodies of 73 women and children who were burned beyond recognition.

“We buried them here, but we could not identify them because they were charred by the use of napalm bombs used by the Americans,” said one Saqlawiya resident in footage aired on Sunday.

US Slaughters People At Prayer In Baghdad Mosque

“They have just shot and killed at least four of the people praying,” he said in a panicked voice. “At least 10 other people are wounded now. We are on our bellies and in a very bad situation.”

Talat gave his account over short phone calls. He said he was witnessing a horrific scene.

“We were here praying and now there are 50 here with their guns on us,” he said. “They are holding our heads to the ground, and everyone is in chaos. This is the worst situation possible. They cannot see me talking to you. They are roughing up a blind man now.” He evidently could talk no further then.

“All of us were subject to intense inspection; the soldiers even examined children’s nappies. Two female doctors were forced to totally undress,” al-Muhannadi said.

November 16, 2004

Marine Shot Dead Wounded Iraqi Prisoner

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Marine Shot Dead Wounded Iraqi Prisoner

Aid convoy barred from ‘starving’ Falluja

Some families have been without water, food and electricity for five days, according to a spokesman for the Shura Council of the Falluja Mujahidin. Abu Saad al-Dulaimi said US forces were restricting the relief groups to one area.

“We plead to the conscience of the Islamic world for help,” he said.

“There are massacres in Falluja, there are assassinations, only because the city’s people are protecting their honour and dignity.”

Asma Khamis al-Muhannadi, an assistant doctor who witnessed the US and Iraqi National Guards assault on Falluja hospital, told Aljazeera that the medical staff received threats from the Iraqi health minister who said if anyone disclosed information about the raid, they would be arrested or dismissed from their jobs.

Falluja medical staff say US
soldiers beat hospital workers

“We were tied up and beaten despite being unarmed and having only our medical instruments,” al-Muhannadi said.

“The hospital was targeted by bombs and rockets. I was with a woman in labour. The umbilical cord had not yet been cut. At that time, a US solider shouted at one of the national guards to arrest me and tie my hands while I was helping the mother to deliver. I will never forget this incident,” the assistant doctor said.

“I am from Falluja and I work there. They claimed I was a fighter and stole our money and mobile phones,” she said.

Patients targeted

“The troops dragged patients from their beds and pushed them towards the wall. There were 17 injured people among the patients,” al-Muhannadi said.

“We exited from the hospital on the second day of the attack, but we could not return as the main Falluja-Saqlawiya junction was controlled by the US troops. We saw around 150 women, children and the elderly attacked by aircraft fire,” she said.

“All of us were subject to intense inspection; the soldiers even examined children’s nappies. Two female doctors were forced to totally undress,” al-Muhannadi said.

November 12, 2004

U.S. Admits Using Napalm Bombs In Iraq: Report

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U.S. Admits Using Napalm Bombs In Iraq: Report
“We napalmed both those [bridge] approaches,” the paper quoted Colonel James Alles, commander of Marine Air Group 11, as saying.

“Unfortunately there were people there … you could see them in the [cockpit] video. They were Iraqi soldiers. It’s no great way to die,” said Alles.

“Safwan Hill went up in a huge fireball and the observation post was obliterated. I pity anyone who is in there,” a Marine sergeant said

“The generals love napalm, … it has a big psychological effect,” the paper quoted Alles as saying.

Marine Corps Maj-Gen Jim Amos confirmed to the paper that napalm was used on several occasions in the invasion.

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