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THE HUMILIATION OF THE U.S. IN FALLUJAH IS TOTAL AND COMPLETE
30 Apr 2004
Modified: 09:04:41 AM
THE UNITED STATES MILITARY HAVE BEEN RUN OUT OF FALLUJAH BY THE MAGNIFICENT AND LEGENDARY IRAQI RESISTANCE.
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Repost from 'Al-Jazeera' -------------------------


US forces 'withdraw' from embattled Falluja by Friday 30 April 2004 7:32 AM GMT

Marines' withdrawal to make way for political settlement

Hundreds of people in Falluja have taken to the streets to welcome a former officer of the Iraqi army who has taken control of the city, following a pullout by US occupation forces.


People waving Iraqi flags and Iraqi security forces cheered the former officer of Saddam Hussein's Republican Guard Jasim Muhammad Salih, wearing his old army uniform, when he entered the town centre and gave a speech on Friday


The former officer said he was forming a military unit to restore calm to the bloodied Iraqi city of Falluja after an agreement with US occupation forces.


Salih, who a relative said had been chief of staff of a Republican Guard brigade, said the force would help Iraqi security forces bring order to the town, so US forces would not be needed.


He did not say who would make up the unit.


"We have now begun forming a new emergency military force to help the forces of the Iraqi Civil Defence Corps and the Iraqi police in completing the mission of imposing security and stability in Falluja without the need for the American army,

which the people of Falluja reject," Salih said.


Withdrawal


Falluja civilians were badly hit by the fighting

Earlier US Marines withdrew from the southeastern part of Falluja which they had occupied for the last three weeks while Iraqi police were deployed in some areas inside the city.


The 1st Battalion, 5th Marines Regiment withdrew from frontline bases in the abandoned factories and garages of Falluja's southern industrial zone, witnesses said.


Occupation troops also moved out of areas in the western part of the city.


The city has been the scene of the most violent clashes during April with scores of US soldiers and hundreds of Iraqi civilians and fighters killed.


Settlement


The withdrawal follows a push for a political settlement in the city and troops on Friday were seen taking down barbed wire and defences while tanks left the area.


US troops have been frustrated in their attempts to overcome a highly motivated and increasingly resourceful resistance force.


"We have now begun forming a new emergency military force..."

Jasim Muhammad Salih, former Iraqi army officer

The withdrawal came after Lieutenant General James Conway, who commands the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force, held closed-door talks with a group of Iraqis.


A much-abused ceasefire in Falluja was announced earlier this month, but occupation forces pounded parts of the city from the air on Thursday even as talks proceeded.


US military officials have said their negotiations with leaders in Falluja would lead to the deployment of more Iraqi forces in the city.


But they have denied the troop withdrawal spelt an end to the siege of Falluja, which began after four US contractors working for the occupation forces were killed and two were then publicly mutilated.



Explosion

Elsewhere on Friday, a US soldier was wounded when an explosive device detonated on the highway east of the town of Heet, reported Aljazeera's correspondent in Ramadi quoting eyewitnesses.


"The explosion damaged a US military truck and American forces were immediately at the scene," witnesses told our correspondent.


The ambush followed an attack late on Thursday in which the representative of the Iraqi Communist Party (ICP) in the municipality council in Diyala, northeast of Baghdad, was seriously wounded by unidentified armed men.

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Fact of the Matter...
30 Apr 2004
BOTTOM LINE...
The United States SHOULDN'T be there.