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Iraq government 'failing Falluja'

By Mike Lanchin and Mona Mahmoud
BBC World Service

Three years after the massive US assault on Falluja, the city's mayor has accused Iraq's central government of starving the city of resources.

Mayor Sa'ad Awad says Shia officials still consider the former insurgent stronghold a haven for Sunni militants.

Support was particularly lacking for the city's 2,000-strong police force, he added, as it takes on a bigger role.

The head of the US military in Falluja said he shared some of the mayor's concerns over scarce police resources.

Colonel Richard Simcock told the BBC there were no immediate plans to withdraw the 5,000 US Marines currently are stationed in the area.

Symbol of the insurgency

Mayor Sa'ad Awad told the BBC: "The evidence points to Falluja being a model for other cities in terms of security and stability, but our capabilities have been weakened by this government that doesn't support us."

Without more resources, he said, the police would be unable to maintain long-term stability once the Americans left.

"We aren't asking for anything extraordinary," he said, "only conventional weapons and vehicles to drive. We don't have anything, unlike the militias in Baghdad who have all the weapons they need to kill people."

Falluja, the second largest city in the mainly Sunni Anbar province, was once a symbol of insurgence resistance to the American invaders.

The US first stormed the city in April 2004 after three American contractors were killed by a mob, and their bodies paraded in the streets.

Later the same year, the US returned in much greater numbers, in a major operation that finally quelled opposition, destroying much of the city in the process.

Thousands of residents fled as the Americans declared that anyone left would be considered an enemy combatant.

I am doing better this year - I used to be frightened of going to school because of the Americans
Secondary school student

Residents of Falluja confirmed to the BBC that security has improved since then.

There have been no major attacks on American forces for months and normality is returning, they said.

Shops are open later, businesses are trading and schools are open.

Many people also said they welcomed seeing Iraqi policemen rather than American troops manning the multiple road blocks and security cordons criss-crossing the city.

Steel walls

Some 5,000 US marines are stationed in the Falluja area, although many US military positions inside the city have been gradually removed.

A 17-year-old secondary school student in Falluja said he was "doing better this year, because I feel safer. I used to be frightened of going to school because of the Americans."

An estate agent confirmed to the BBC that many people who had fled the fighting were now returning to the city, although the slow process of reconstruction meant that many homes were still uninhabitable.

As part of their security plan for Falluja, the Americans divided the city into ten tightly controlled zones, each walled off by concrete and steel.

Biometric badges were brought in for all residents to be able to come in and out of the city.

For his part, the mayor imposed a city-wide ban on cars, which, some said, has helped halt car bombs.

However, many residents complain that the security measures are making daily life difficult, and according to one tribal leader from the Sinaa district of the city, they are also hampering the city's recovery.

Once a thriving area of small industry and workshops, now no-one now has work in Sinaa, he told the BBC.

"Sinaa is dead," he said.

'The fight continues'

According to Mr Awad, insurgent fighters in the city are now "under the control of the law".

He said there is "no resistance in Falluja".

But one man who identified himself as a member of one of the many groups that fought the Americans, said there was a sort of truce in place.

He said: "If the occupier doesn't respond to our demands, then the fight continues."

Colonel Richard Simcock, the ground commander of US forces in and around Falluja, told the BBC that while he agreed with the mayor regarding the lack of police resources, he said the city was more stable than ever before.

He said there were no plans for the Americans to withdraw from an area that had been so hard to control. "We will be here until the mission is accomplished," he said.

"The enemy hasn't given up, they are still trying, but they are failing."

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Published: 2007/12/20 03:31:45 GMT

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  • LOL did you know the insurgents during the battle of Falluja were using mobile phones to communicate between each other and the US were spying on all communications? Using special technology, the US was able to get exact locations of each mobile phone and drop a JDAM on the location. God loves USA

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  • abadstate: "LOL did you know the insurgents during the battle of Falluja were using mobile phones to communicate between each other and the US were spying on all communications? Using special technology, the US was able to get exact locations of each mobile phone and drop a JDAM on the location. God loves USA"
    Yup they insurgents were complaining they could not fall back a re-position themselves because the Soldiers were just moving to fast against them



    The line in that story More..

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  • If theyd stop blowing up the supply caravans and turn in the ones doing it maybe they could rebuild it a little more to their liking. Till then enjoy the luxurys that the resistance has given ya :)

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  • SimpleSiren: "If theyd stop blowing up the supply caravans and turn in the ones doing it maybe they could rebuild it a little more to their liking. Till then enjoy the luxurys that the resistance has given ya :)"
    Seeing as there is already an implied truce between the insurgent groups and the Marines within the city, the refusal of the Iraqi central government to provide reconstruction funds is unwise, since now is the best time to prevent violence in Falluja from reigniting.

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  • Fallujah failing? Wow... So, you are too blind to notice the reconstruction.

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  • Fallujah is a city of necrophiles and should be leveled and never rebuilt. The population will go to other urban centers. I understand resistance to occupation and all because we Poles have a long history of resistance but necrophilia is not within the definition of resistance to occupation. Down the toilet with that city.

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  • sakb: "
    SimpleSiren: "If theyd stop blowing up the supply caravans and turn in the ones doing it maybe they could rebuild it a little more to their liking. Till then enjoy the luxurys that the resistance has given ya :)"
    Seeing as there is already an implied truce between the insurgent groups and the Marines within the city, the refusal of the Iraqi central government to provide reconstruction funds is unwise, since now is the best time to prevent violence in Falluja from reigniti More..
    Its not the ones trucing bud. I agree we need to step up and say hey what the f's up. But things are changing there. Soon maybe bagdad will be like it was before the Islam took it over. World science leader and in math. Now uneduucated retarded brainwashed fools.

    Like most Arab nations that once thrived are no shitholes cause of their greedy leaders.

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  • SimpleSiren: "
    sakb: "
    SimpleSiren: "If theyd stop blowing up the supply caravans and turn in the ones doing it maybe they could rebuild it a little more to their liking. Till then enjoy the luxurys that the resistance has given ya :)"
    Seeing as there is already an implied truce between the insurgent groups and the Marines within the city, the refusal of the Iraqi central government to provide reconstruction funds is unwise, since now is the best time to prevent violence in Fa More..
    Its not the ones trucing bud. I agree we need to step up and say hey what the f's up. But things are changing there. Soon maybe bagdad will be like it was before the Islam took it over. World science leader and in math. Now uneduucated retarded brainwashed fools.

    Like most Arab nations that once thrived are no shitholes cause of their greedy leaders."
    SimpleSiren, great point about Baghdad before Islam. There's a video on YouTube that's wildly popular. It features an American-born Muslim raving about the accomplishments of Islam and how it invented algebra and other scientific achievements but those are ARAB achievements, NOT MUSLIM. Polytheistic Arab scholars had been at scientific work long before the birth of the Prophet but later Islam fraudulently claimed credit for their work. Islam has brought ruin onto the Arab world and Islam is the reason why that part of the world continues to live in the 7th century and is backwards and poor because overall Arabs are neither lazy nor stupid.

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  • MonsterZero_Jr: "
    SimpleSiren: "
    sakb: "
    SimpleSiren: "If theyd stop blowing up the supply caravans and turn in the ones doing it maybe they could rebuild it a little more to their liking. Till then enjoy the luxurys that the resistance has given ya :)"
    Seeing as there is already an implied truce between the insurgent groups and the Marines within the city, the refusal of the Iraqi central government to provide reconstruction funds is unwise, since now is the best time to More..
    Its not the ones trucing bud. I agree we need to step up and say hey what the f's up. But things are changing there. Soon maybe bagdad will be like it was before the Islam took it over. World science leader and in math. Now uneduucated retarded brainwashed fools.

    Like most Arab nations that once thrived are no shitholes cause of their greedy leaders."
    SimpleSiren, great point about Baghdad before Islam. There's a video on YouTube that's wildly popular. It features an American-born Muslim raving about the accomplishments of Islam and how it invented algebra and other scientific achievements but those are ARAB achievements, NOT MUSLIM. Polytheistic Arab scholars had been at scientific work long before the birth of the Prophet but later Islam fraudulently claimed credit for their work. Islam has brought ruin onto the Arab world and Islam is the reason why that part of the world continues to live in the 7th century and is backwards and poor because overall Arabs are neither lazy nor stupid."
    Exactly my point. Yes bush is an idiot. But the great thing is hell be gone in a year. Muslims elect these people rule them for 60-80 years. And let them take their dignity and tell them its all for god. ANd they actually believe this shit. It kills me to see humans be treated like they never had a choice. Put down your fing Russian made guns and pick up a pen and get an education start a political party. And if the people respect what you have to say they will elect you to rule them. And if if its democratic society and you dont like them there are term limits.

    People that are uneducated on this site (which im a horrid typer) so lil me in there as well. Really think that bush can call some emergency and keep in office. Those are people that are either Immigrants that refuse to get a true education or to assemble into their host nations in europe canada and US. Or to even read a english newspaper. Those people live in free countrys now and cant grasp what they really have.

    I think they all should be sent back to their origin country for 3 months and see what the world is truly like when your not free. I bet alot would change in their attitudes as when they mouthed off about that govment they might jsut disappear forever to be dug up onder news headline " Mass Grave Found in .....(fill in the blank)

    Sorry so long :(

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  • ok so i am a Marine, and i am an iraq war veteran. i lived, served, and fought in fallujah. not camp fallujah, which is huge and safe, but just a few hundred meters from the southern edge of the city (an easy rifle shot, which some terrorosts proved). and all i have to say is that the bbc needs to check their facts. fallujah is not now, nor has it ever been, divided by steel and concrete walls. this is bunk. there is not currently a ban on vehicle ownership, as a goodly portion of my job ov More..

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  • Excuses are for losers.

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