U.S. Steps Up Plan to "Pacify" Iraq
October 10, 2004
On October 7, the New York Times reported that the Pentagon has plans to "retake" some 20 to 30 towns and cities throughout Iraq in the next few months.
The plan was approved at the highest level of the White House and is contained in a classified document titled "U.S. National Strategy for Supporting Iraq."
Recent U.S. military offensives in Samarra and the northern Babil Province, as well as airstrikes against Fallujah, are typical examples of just how the U.S. plans to "retake" Iraqi cities and towns currently in the hands of Iraqi resistance forces.
Massive Onslaught in Samara
In the beginning of October at least 150 people were killed and scores wounded in the two-day U.S. offensive against Samarra. According to reports, the stench of decomposing bodies filled the corridors of Samarra's hospital as staff wearing surgical masks lifted corpses out of the building one after the other.
Ambulances were going around Samarra to collect the bodies of the dead, while many buildings in the city's commercial district were either riddled with bullets or partially destroyed. The streets were filled with burnt-out vehicles.
A spokesman for the Association of Muslim Scholars stated "Who is going to respect [the January] elections paved by the blood of Iraqis and built on their skulls?" "The United States is the world's most terrorist country in the modern age."
An eyewitness resident of the city, who went under the alias of Abi Al-Qiqaa, told reporters he saw U.S. troops shooting at a child crossing a street. "They kept firing at him though he was dead," he said.
Meanwhile, U.S. National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice stated "The reporting from the ground is that things have gone well," and cautioned it was "premature" to say that the operation was "wrapped up" since "insurgencies have a tendency to wax and wane."
In Fallujah, there has been no letup to bombing from U.S. warplanes. In what the Pentagon calls "precision strikes," hundreds of civilians, including children and elderly, have been killed and injured in recent weeks.
For example, on October 4th, U.S. warplanes unleashed strikes on two houses, killing at least 11 people, including women and children, hospital officials said.
On October 8, another 11 people were killed and another 17 wounded when U.S. planes bombed a wedding party in Fallujah.