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IW 03

Asia-Middle East

Fallujah: The resistance returns

Last November, during the biggest urban military operation since the war in Vietnam, US troops destroyed the city of Fallujah with the declared objective of “wiping out resistance.” Thousands of civilians were assassinated by the indiscriminate bombing; tens of thousands were obliged to flee. The “marines” shouted victory in the middle of the ruins of the city and piles of dead bodies .

Eight months later, in spite of a real “police state” established by the marines, “insurgency has once again begun to grow in Fallujah” and the occupation troops “are unable to gain control” (El País, 16 Jul).

During the last few weeks, at least four car bombs exploded and two of the five police fortresses were the targets of the attacks .

Resistance is on the rise as the displaced population returns; “...after the injustice with which the US and Iraqi forces treated the residents of the city, now (the local population) prefers resistence” (ídem).