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A snapshot of Fallujah: Still wrecked, still angry E-mail this
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Jeff Severns Guntzel, Electronic Iraq, Nov 3, 2008

Not surprisingly, there are still hard feelings towards the United States in Fallujah. Jay Deshmukh, a reporter for AFP, visited the town and writes of a shop owner named Abdullah:

Abdullah's shop on the main Al-Abbas street of Fallujah bears the signs of two major battles that broke out between rebels and US forces in April and in November 2004. The shop's metal shutter and the ceiling are peppered with bullet holes and the floor above the shop which was pounded by the military has caved in.

In fact, every other building on that street bears similar scars: walls riddled with bullets, caved-in roofs and some four-story blocks have been totally razed to the ground with debris still waiting to be cleared. Piles of garbage and pools of clogged water are seen at every corner.

Years have passed now and what happened in Fallujah has faded from memory for people not directly linked to the fighting. There was a film released after the second battle in Fallujah and just two weeks before the January 2005 elections in Iraq. It's worth revisiting. You'll find it here. For a look at the destruction that Deshmukh refers to in his article, skip ahead to about the 6:50 point.


 




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