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Week commencing 12th November 2004
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Against all the odds: FALLUJAH FIGHTS!
by our Arab Affairs Correspondent
IRAQI partisans are battling against US Marines in the heart of
Fallujah three days after the American offensive to crush the defiant
city that has been in the hands of the resistance since April.
A Sunni Muslim party has withdrawn from the puppet interim council in
protest; partisans overran the city of Ramadi, guerrillas have taken
control of large parts of Baghdad and three relatives of puppet premier
Iyyad Alawi have been seized.
Over the weekend a puppet army officer, who had been briefed on the US
battle-plan, defected to join the Fallujan resistance so the American
onslaught that began on Monday came as no surprise. Hundreds of puppet
troops have refused to fight and others have deserted and back in
Baghdad the puppet regime is close to breaking point.
The Iraqi Islamic Party that represents the mainstream Sunni Muslim
Brotherhood stormed out of the “interim government” on Tuesday in
protest at the assault on Fallujah that had been rubber-stamped by
stooge premier Alawi.
More than 40 Shia and Sunni religious leaders have urged Shia
Ayatollah Ali al Sistani to publicly declare his opposition to Iraqi
troops taking part in the attack on Fallujah. And rebel Shia cleric
Muqtada al Sadr has called on his supporters to rally behind the city’s
defence. At the same time the influential Association of Muslim
Scholars has called for a boycott of the sham elections set for January
The Sunni Islamic association has called on the puppet forces to refuse
to fight alongside the Americans warning that they would be “making the
grave mistake of invading Iraqi cities under the banner of forces who
respect no religion or human rights”.
Inside the city Arab journalists are reporting that the US Marines are
facing stiff resistance. But the Americans have used their overwhelming
numbers and fire-power to devastating effect. All power and water
supplies have been cut. Hundreds of townspeople have been killed or
wounded in US air-raids and artillery barrages and at least ten per
cent of their houses have been destroyed.
While thousands of US and puppet regime forces are tied down in
Fallujah, the resistance is striking back at targets throughout
occupied Iraq. In Baghdad partisans are operating freely throughout the
city centre and they have imposed a curfew on the city.
Islamic guerrillas seized three relatives of puppet premier Alawi on
Wednesday. They will be beheaded unless the “interim government” calls
off the Fallujah attack and frees resistance fighters held in US
concentration camps in Iraq.
The capital is virtually clear of US troops with all American and
puppet “national guardsmen” contained within their fortress barracks or
their “Green Zone” stronghold in the heart of Baghdad. Smoke is rising
over the “Green Zone” military compound and explosions can be heard all
over Baghdad as resistance fighters hit US and puppet regime targets.
The international airport is closed to all traffic after heavy shelling
and partisans have taken control of a bridge on one of the major
highways in western Baghdad.
Over the weekend partisans launched devastating attacks in Samara, the
city north of Baghdad that the Americans claimed to have retaken last
month. The mayor’s office, a US army convoy and several police stations
were blasted with deadly effect. Many puppet police were killed in the
attacks including their commander.
Hundreds of partisans are in control of Ramadi, north of Fallujah,
after forcing American and puppet forces to flee last weekend. Fierce
fighting continues outside the US army camp on the outskirts of the
city and guerrillas are fighting running battles with the puppet police
in the heart of Baquba, 50 km north east of Baghdad.
Iraqi railway workers declared on Tuesday that they would boycott all
supplies to US troops or forces loyal to the Alawi puppet regime.
Workers in the National Iraqi Railways Company also stated that they
will only agree to deliver food supplies that are part of the UN’s
relief programme. If forced to do otherwise they will respond with a
national walk-out. The Alawi regime has accused the workers of “civil
Bush and Blair believed they could drown the Iraqi resistance in blood
and impose the peace of the grave on the Arab country they illegally
invaded last year.
The heroic Iraqi masses have proved them wrong. Now the millions upon
millions of people who took to the streets all over the world to
protest against the invasion and occupation of Iraq must also mobilise
to end the war and allow the Iraqi people to rebuild their country in
Heroism and slaughter in Iraq
THE HEROIC PEOPLE of
Fallujah are fighting tooth and nail, and street by street, against the
might of American imperialism. Bush has started his second term the way
he clearly intends to go on. Torching Fallujah is Bush’s message to the
world. It’s what the “new world order” is all about.
The US killing-machine is running amok in the defiant Iraqi city while
British troops, shamefully sent to the combat zone by Blair, do
America’s dirty work in the rear. All of this has been ordered by Bush
and his willing tool, Tony Blair. All of it is being done in our name.
Blair tells us that the slaughter is in the name of the Iraqi people.
But not in the name of the 100,000 Iraqis who, according to the Lancet,
the journal of the British Medical Association, have died as a result
of the war and the subsequent invasion of Iraq.
Not in the name of the UN Security Council that refused to sanction the
Anglo-American invasion last year. Not in the name of Britain’s major
European allies like France and Germany or Great Powers like People’s
China and Russia. Not in the name of the UN Secretary-General Kofi
Annan, who publicly opposed the onslaught against Fallujah.
Nor even in the name of the puppet interim Iraqi “president”, who has
washed his hands on the affair, or the Sunni Islamic party that has
walked out of the puppet regime in protest.
No, it’s being done in our name to fulfil the neo-colonialist dreams of
Bush and Blair for the benefit of the big oil corporations that want
all the Arabs’oil for themselves.
Some union leaders have been diverted by so-called Iraqi trade
unionists who are nothing more than mouthpieces of a puppet regime
propped up by American bayonets.
Some are still taken in by those turncoat “communists” who sit on the
puppet council and tour the world providing an alibi for the likes of
Blair and his kind to split the peace movement and justify
Anglo-American imperialism’s horrendous crimes in Iraq. All links with
these Iraqi quislings and traitors must be cut.
The labour movement must build solidarity with the genuine
representatives of the Iraqi working class like the workers refusing to
assist the occupation army and the patriotic communists who are
fighting with the masses in the Iraqi resistance to kick the
imperialists out of their country.
The labour movement must mobilise behind the anti-war movement to get
all British troops out of Iraq immediately. They are not wanted by the
Iraqis and they have no role to play in ending the crisis.
US imperialism, led by George W Bush, is the enemy of all the peoples
of the world.
He will eventually answer to the American people for his crimes.
Forging links between the British anti-war campaign and the American
peace movements will help build a world-wide anti-imperialist camp in
solidarity with the Iraqis and Palestinians and all the others on the
front-line against the “new world order”.
Protests and vigils are taking place throughout the country and a new
mass mobilisation is needed to isolate the warmongers and build the
movement that can and must defeat Blair and Brown within the Labour
Party. They’ve got to go.
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