Friday, November 19, 2004

City of Mosques lies in ruins

I saw this at the NY Times from Nov. 18th, written by Robert F. Worth and Edward Wong:

Almost all of [Fallujah] has been pulverized, and the biggest question facing American and Iraqi officials is how residents will react to seeing the vast swaths of destruction. Residents of the city were generally supportive of the mujahedeen and did not want the Americans to enter. American commanders say rebuilding efforts will win over the Fallujans, but reconstruction efforts by the Americans in other urban battle zones in Iraq, like Najaf, have stumbled badly.

Falluja is known as the City of Mosques, but the landscape is
now dotted by broken minarets, many destroyed by airstrikes.

Falah al-Naqib, the Iraqi interior minister, said at a news conference in Baghdad that families who fled would receive food rations and 150,000 dinars, or about $110, on their return.| Link |

Make that Fallujah was known as the City of Mosques.

Arkangel is an active-duty service-member who also seems to think we are fucking up badly in Fallujah, see his post Hearts and Minds.

Iraq seems more like a quagmire to me every single day.

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