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You Can't Imagine The Situation

based on a report by Dahr Jamail. October 8, 2005

Ongoing military operations continue unabated in Al-Anbar province. Thousands of US troops, backed by warplanes, tanks and helicopters, began attacking small cities and villages primarily in the northwestern area of Al-Anbar. According to the US military and corporate media, the purpose of these operations is to “root out” fighters from al-Qaida in Iraq, along with so-called insurgents. An Iraqi journalist, recently returned from the Al-Qa’im area of Iraq, tells quite a different story.
There are 1,500 refugee families located now in this very new and modern city of Aanah. The Aanah Humanitarian Relief Committee (AHRC) said that there are 7,450 families from Al-Qa’im and surrounding areas scattered in different western cities, villages and in the desert. The AHRC report said that a few hundred families are still being besieged in A-Qa’im.

Many families could not leave. Abu Alaa’, for example, whose house was damaged earlier this year, whose wife lost her sight in that attack, could not leave because his wife and his father-in-law were shot last week. His wife is still in the hospital, and he could not leave. We call upon the international society to demand that these families are given the chance to leave before the city is devastated. People who stay behind are not necessarily fighters. They simply could not move.
Another friend of mine recently returned from the Al-Qa’im area where she brought aid supplies to refugee families. She reported, “You can’t imagine the situation these people are living in. There are so many of their homes bombed by warplanes, people living in camps, and families in the desert who just need blankets and food. It’s horrible.”

You have been reading excerpts from "Violence leads only to more violence." by Dahr Jamail. You can read the entire piece here: tinyurl.com/cffng. Many thanks to Dahr Jamail. We visit dahrjamailiraq.com often and we hope you will too.

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