[Tony Kevin, a former Australian diplomat, is a visiting fellow at the
Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National
"U.S. Military, Mercenaries Torture Iraqi
Prisoners," The Wisdom Fund, April 30, 2004
[ . . . the interim president of Iraq, Ghazi al-Yawar, is reported to have
said he totally disagrees with plans by the US-led coalition to launch a
full-scale attack on the Iraqi city of Fallujah. . . . He likened it to
shooting a horse in the head to kill a fly that had landed on it.--"Downer
condemns Iraqi politician's assassination," Australian Broadcasting
Corporation, November 1, 2004]
Kim Sengupta, "US begins its biggest urban offensive since Vietnam with long-awaited
Fallujah assault," Independent, November 8, 2004
[Following the Holocaust, the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg
called the waging of aggressive war "essentially an evil thing . . . to
initiate a war of aggression . . . is not only an international crime; it is
the supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that
it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole."--Marjorie
War: Supreme International Crime," truthout.org, November 9, 2004]
Hannah Allam and Yasser Salihee, "U.S. soldiers raid homes of Sunni Muslim clerics critical of
offensive," Knight Ridder Newspapers, November 11, 2004
[American soldiers might have committed a war crime on Thursday when they
sent fleeing Iraqi civilians back into Falluja.--Michael Janofsky, "Rights Lawyers See Possibility of a War Crime," New York Times
November 13, 2004]
Rory McCarthy and Peter Beaumont, "Civilian
cost of battle for Falluja emerges," The Observer, November 14, 2004
[A drive through the city revealed a picture of utter destruction, with
concrete houses flattened, mosques in ruins, telegraph poles down, power and
phone lines hanging slack and rubble and human remains littering the empty
streets.--Michael Georgy and Kim Sengupta, "A city lies in ruins, along with the lives of the wretched survivors,"
The Independent, November 15, 2004]
Greg Mitchell, "Landscape After Battle," Editor &
Publisher, November 16, 2004
James Petras, "Red Cross
Estimates 800 Iraqi Civilians Killed in Fallujah," Democracy Now!,
November 17, 2004
James Petras, "The
Crushing of Fallujah," CounterPunch, November 19, 2004
Kim Sengupta, "Witnesses say US forces killed unarmed civilians," Independent,
November 24, 2004
"Turk Compares U.S. to Hitler,"
Reuters, November 27, 2004
Saul Landau, "Fallujah, the 21st
Century Guernica," CounterPunch, November 27, 2004
Paul Gilfeather, "FALLUJAH NAPALMED:
US uses banned weapon ..but was Tony Blair told?," Mirror, November 28,
[. . . more like a police state than the democracy they have been promised.
Under the plans, troops would funnel Fallujans to so-called citizen
processing centers on the outskirts of the city to compile a database of
their identities through DNA testing and retina scans. Residents would
receive badges displaying their home addresses that they must wear at all
times. Buses would ferry them into the city, where cars, the deadliest tool
of suicide bombers, would be banned.--Anne Barnard, "Returning Fallujans will face clampdown," Boston Globe,
December 5, 2004]
Ralph Nader, "The Destruction of
Mosques in Fallujah," CommonDreams.org, December 10, 2004
Abhay Mehta, "Fallujah: The End Of Warfare," Outlook India, December 20, 2004
[Three months after the American offensive and capture of the Sunni bastion,
barely 20% of the population has returned.--Michel B™le-Richard, "Falluja Residents
Testify to the Destruction of Their City," Le Monde, February 7, 2005]
[American citizens, said the Iraqis, need to wake up to what their
government is doing. Manning was told grisly accounts of Iraqi mothers
killed in front of their sons, brothers in front of sisters, all at the
hands of American soldiers. He also heard allegations of wholesale rape of
civilians, by both American and Iraqi troops. Manning said he heard numerous
reports of the second siege of Falluja that described American forces
deploying - in violation of international treaties - napalm, chemical
weapons, phosphorous bombs, and "bunker-busting" shells laced with depleted
uranium. Use of any of these against civilians is a violation of
international law. . . .
And when Manning and Kalustian returned to the motel, he recounted, someone
had broken into their room. Even though there was jewelry and more film
equipment lying about, he said, none of it was touched. In fact, said
Manning, none of the suitcases had even been opened. The only thing missing,
Manning said, was the big bowling-ball shaped bag containing his camera -
and all his taped interviews.
At that time, Manning had not been back in the United States for more than
The next day, Manning said, a mysterious man contacted them to arrange a
meeting, claiming he had the stolen purse. Manning and Kalustian went to a
spot near 6th and Mission as instructed, where they were met by a man who
appeared to be a "full-on street bum," Manning said. After returning the
purse, the man pulled Manning to one side, opened his wallet, and flashed
what Manning estimated was $5,000 worth of $100 bills. According to Manning,
the "bum" winked at him and said, "Look in my eyes. I have the eyes of a
former sniper. You thought you had the goods on George Bush, didn't you?
You've been sandbagged, boy."--Nick Welsh, "To Hell and Back with
S.B. Documentary-Maker Mark Manning," Santa Barbara Independent, March
[Sgrena also says that the US soldiers fired at them from behind, which of
course contradicts the claim that the soldiers fired in self-defense. . . .
That could explain why the US military in Iraq has blocked the Italian
government from inspecting the Italians' vehicle--Jeremy Scahill, "Sgrena Sets the
Record Straight," CounterPunch, March 28, 2005]
Mike Whitney, "The Purveyors
of Violence; The NY Times in Falluja," Information Clearing House, April 18, 2005
[They shot on the back, because Calipari was on the back on the right and he
was shot dead immediately, and I was injured on my shoulder, but I was shot
by the back.--Amy Goodman, "Giuliana
Sgrena Blasts U.S. Cover Up, Calls for U.S. and Italy to Leave Iraq,
"Democracy Now!, April 27, 2005]
Jonathan Steele and Dahr Jamail, "This is
our Guernica: Ruined, cordoned Falluja is emerging as the decade's monument
to brutality," Guardian, April 27, 2005
James Carroll, "America's mortal secret," Boston
Globe, May 3, 2005
[Over 30% of the homes were destroyed by Coalition bombing in April and
November 2004. In the southern part of the city it is 90%. It looked like it
had been hit by an atomic bomb: complete destruction in every
direction.--Doug Pritchard, "Peacemaking in Falluja," CPT Canada News, May 11, 2005]
Dahr Jamail, "The failed
siege of Fallujah," Asia Times, June 3, 2005
Colin Brown, "US
lied to Britain over use of napalm in Iraq war," Independent, June 17, 2005
Bradley S Klapper, "US
practice of starving out Iraqi civilians is inhumane, says UN,"
Independent, October 15, 2005
[Powerful new evidence emerged yesterday that the United States dropped
massive quantities of white
phosphorus on the Iraqi city of Fallujah during the attack on the city
in November 2004, killing insurgents and civilians with the appalling burns
that are the signature of this weapon.--Peter Popham, "US
forces 'used chemical weapons' during assault on city of Fallujah,"
Independent, November 8, 2005]
Mike Marqusee, "A name
that lives in infamy: The destruction of Falluja was an act of barbarism
that ranks alongside My Lai, Guernica and Halabja," Guardian, November 10,
Andrew Buncombe and Solomon Hughes, "The
fog of war: white phosphorus, Fallujah and some burning questions,"
Independent, November 15, 2005
John Pilger, "A
News Revolution Has Begun," Daily Standard, November 25, 2005
Raymond Whitaker and Marie Woolf, "Official
secrets, lies, and the truth about the assault on Fallujah,"
Independent, November 27, 2005
[The Falluja-based Study Centre for Human Rights and Democracy has claimed
that 4,000 to 6,000 people were killed during Phantom Fury, most of them
civilians. . . .
Dr Hafid al-Dulaimi, head of the city's compensation commission, reported
that 36,000 homes and 8,400 shops were destroyed in the US onslaught.
Sixty nurseries and schools and 65 mosques and other religious
establishments were wrecked. . . .
Witnesses spoke of American Marines dumping bodies in the Euphrates just
after the offensive and of mass graves where hundreds are allegedly
buried.--Hala Jaber, "Terror
reborn in Falluja ruins," Sunday Times, December 18, 2005]
VIDEO: Sigfrido Ranucci, "Fallujah: The Hidden Massacre," RAI (Italy), November 2005
AUDIO/VIDEO: "Al Jazeera Reporters Give Bloody First Hand Account of April
'04 U.S. Siege of Fallujah," democracynow.org, February 22, 2006
AUDIO/VIDEO: "Italian Judge Orders US Soldier to Stand Trial
for Killing of Italian Intelligence Agent Nicola Calipari,"
democracynow.org, February 9, 2007
BLOG: "Dahr Jamail's Iraq
PICTURES: "Fallujah Photos"
The Day After"
VIDEO: "The Ground
Truth: The human cost of war"
VIDEO: "Fallujah: The Real Story"
LETTER TO THE UNITED NATIONS: "Deformed babies in Fallujah," uruknet.info,
October 14, 2009
Martin Chulov, "Huge rise in birth defects in Falluja: Iraqi former battle
zone sees abnormal clusters of infant tumours and deformities,"
Guardian, November 13, 2009
Patrick Cockburn, "Toxic legacy of
US assault on Fallujah 'worse than Hiroshima'," Guardian, July 24,
[In the years since the invasion, doctors in Fallujah have reported drastic
increases in the number of premature births, infant mortality, and birth
defects - babies born without skulls, missing organs, or with stumps for
arms and legs. Fallujah General Hospital reported that, out of 170 babies
born in September 2009, 24 percent died within the first seven days, of
which 75 percent were deformed - as compared to August 2002, when there were
530 babies born, only six deaths, and one deformity. As the years go by, the
problem seems to be getting worse, and doctors are increasingly warning
women not to have children.--Hannah Gurman, "The Under-Examined Story of Fallujah," fpif.org, November 23, 2011]
Ross Caputi, "Fallujah Remembered by a US Marine who Helped Destroy it in 2004,"
uruknet.info, November 24, 2011
[After several weeks of bombing, the attack opened with a carefully planned
war crime: invasion of the Fallujah General Hospital, where patients and
staff were ordered to the floor, their hands tied. . . .
Medical researchers have found dramatic increases in infant mortality,
cancer and leukemia, even higher than Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Uranium levels
in hair and soil samples are far beyond comparable cases.--Noam Chomsky, "Somebody Else's Atrocities," truth-out.org, June 3,