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[ This message has been sent to you via the CASI-analysis mailing list ] Everyone, Since November, the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and the Guardian have all published reports from Falluja, Iraq, examining the motivations of anti-Coalition violence there. All the reports omitted significant causative background, and it's depressing to see journalism wherein recent history is so strenuously, and consistently, ignored. The rancor goes back a decade. On February 14, 1991, an RAF Tornado bombed Falluja's shopping area, killing perhaps 200 civilians and wounding hundreds more. Britain "very much regretted" the losses. As CASI's Felicity Arbuthnot wrote of her pre-war experiences in the town[6,7]: "To visit Fallujah is to be shamed - and stoned. The only place in Iraq I have ever experienced hostility. It is a hostility easy to understand. A tour of the re-established market - or anywhere else, reveals traders with amputated limbs who survived the attack - and not a person, seemingly, who has not lost one or more of their family." More recently: - On April 28, 2003, U.S. troops used excessive force against demonstrators near a school in Falluja. Most sources report 13 or more civilian deaths in the confrontation. The protesters likely posed no threat, and American actions have been criticized by both Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. HRW's findings were based on ballistic evidence gathered at the scene.[8,9] - American troops engaged Fallujan police on Sep. 12 in a confused firefight, and U.S. forces killed eight police officers at a checkpoint. An American statement later said, "We deeply regret this incident". - Witnesses said six civilians traveling to work in a minivan were killed on Oct. 27 when U.S. soldiers sprayed the street with bullets after a bomb exploded near their convoy. - Iraq Body Count's database lists many additional incidents near Falluja. Of the newspapers above, the NYTimes mentions only the school incident (and that in passing). The Post report (lengthiest and perhaps the best) notes the school and van tragedies (though deep in the story). The LATimes includes annecdotes only, as does the Guardian. Fear and frustration are felt on both sides, as the violence cycles. Attacks on occupation forces include the downing of a Chinook that killed 16. Reconstruction faces frustration of a different sort. One annecdote: "Military engineers recently cleared garbage from a field in Fallujah, resurfaced it with dirt and put up goal posts to create an instant soccer field. A day later, the goal posts were stolen and all the dirt had been scraped from the field. A Captain from the 490th Civil Affairs Battalion wondered, 'Is this animosity, crime or both? What kind of people loot dirt?'" This criticism isn't directed at frontline reporters making the dangerous trip to Falluja (and who aren't, after all, traveling with Google and a research staff). But back at the home office, there are editors within walking distance of the archives. These editors consistently fail to provide historical balance and detail to stories that cried out for both. Ironically, reporter Tracy Wilkinson of the LATimes visited Falluja safely  only to be wounded in the Baghdad restaurant terror blast last week. Regards, Drew Hamre Golden Valley, MN USA ===  http://www.nytimes.com/2003/11/04/international/middleeast/04FALL.html?pagewanted=print&position= November 4, 2003 OCCUPATION In Die-Hard City, G.I.'s Are Enemy By DEXTER FILKINS  http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A59891-2003Nov3?language=printer 'The Battlefield for All Iraq' Intense Resistance Mounted in Fallujah By Rajiv Chandrasekaran and Vernon Loeb Washington Post Foreign Service Tuesday, November 4, 2003; Page A01  http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-resist30dec30,1,7833551.story?coll=la-headlines-world In Sunni Bastion, They Are Ready for a Fight Even with Hussein in custody, anti-American sentiment fuels Iraqi midsection's insurgency. By Tracy Wilkinson Times Staff Writer  http://www.phxnews.com/fullstory.php?article=7380 Yesterday's attack created jubilation in Falluja, the pro-Saddam city where attacks on US forces are increasingly frequent and deadly Michael Howard in Falluja Monday November 3, 2003 The Guardian  HRW's report on the 1991 RAF incident http://www.hrw.org/reports/1991/gulfwar/CHAP3.htm  http://www.commondreams.org/views03/0429-11.htm Fallujah - A Shooting Too Far? by Felicity Arbuthnot  http://www.commondreams.org/views03/1201-04.htm Samarra - Another Falluja? by Felicity Arbuthnot  HRW report on 2003 school incident http://www.hrw.org/press/2003/06/iraq061703.htm  Amnesty concern on 2003 school incident http://web.amnesty.org/library/Index/ENGMDE141032003  AP report on friendly fire police incident http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/09/14/1063341827952.html  Compilation of Falluja entries from http://www.iraqbodycount.net Incident Date Time Location Target Weapons Reported Minimum Reported Maximum Sources code x214 11 Nov 9:00 PM entrance to Fallujah chicken-farmer's truck; 8-year-old boy among the dead gunfire 5 5 REU 12 Nov AP 12 Nov AFP 12 Nov AFP 13 Nov KR 13 Nov x208 31 Oct - municipal offices, Fallujah local resident shot by police during protest 'when brawl broke out' gunfire 1 1 AFP 31 Oct AAP 01 Nov x204 02 Nov - near Fallujah 11-year-old boy caught in crossfire gunfire 1 1 REU 03 Nov DT(AU) 04 Nov x202 28 Oct - outside power station, Fallujah - car bomb 5 6 AFP 28 Oct AP 28 Oct LAT 29 Oct REU 28 Oct x200 27 Oct 7:30 AM just west of Fallujah civilian vehicles passing by during bomb attack on US convoy gunfire 6 6 NYT 29 Oct OBS 09 Nov x182 19 Oct 3:00 PM eastern Fallujah - gunfire and/or ammunition truck explosion 1 1 AFP 19 Oct AP 19 Oct x181 20 Oct - Fallujah Syrian truck driver and handcuffed Iraqi gunfire 2 2 REU 20 Oct AP 21 Oct x164 26 Sep 10:45 PM eastern entrance to Fallujah cars and a motorbike gunfire 4 4 GUA 28 Sep AFP 26 Sep AP 27 Sep x157 17 Sep PM Falluja town centre possibly wedding celebrants gunfire 1 1 AFP 18 Sep REU 18 Sep AP 23 Sep WP 23 Sep x150 12 Sep PM residential compound, outskirts of Fallujah 3-year-old bystander gunfire 1 1 Times 15 Sep REU 13 Sep x149 11 Sep PM US checkpoint outside Fallujah occupants of car gunfire 2 2 ABC[AU] 13 Sep AFP 12 Sep x148 10 Sep PM near Fallujah Iraqi policeman hit in US troops' reaction to explosion gunfire 1 1 DTA 11 Sep AFP 10 Sep x129 03 Aug AM near Fallujah car gunfire 1 1 AFP 03 Aug NZH 04 Aug x110 29 Jun PM near Fallujah US army vehicle rocket-propelled grenade 1 1 SMH 07 July MHS 08 July x105 30 Jun PM Al-Hassan mosque complex, Falluja - explosion 7 10 KR 01 July MEO 02 July AFP 02 July REU 03 July LAT 04 July x101 29 Jun late PM near Fallujah - collision with US armoured personnel carrier 3 3 CNN 30 June AP 30 June x091 08 Jun - Fallujah gun-shop owner cleaning rifle mistaken for an assailant gunfire 1 1 CNA 09 June GDN 09 June AFP 09 June x080 21 May PM Fallujah - tank rounds 2 2 AP 22 May REU 22 May x069 30 Apr 10:30 AM Fallujah, 50km west of Baghdad demonstrators gunfire 2 3 GUA 30 Apr Photos... IND 01 May AFP 30 Apr DM 01 May x066 28 Apr 10:30PM + outside school in Fallujah, 50 km west of Baghdad demonstrators, including pre-teen children gunfire 13 15 CNN 29 Apr Details... PBS 29 Apr AFP 29 Apr REU 29 Apr _______________________________________ Sent via the CASI-analysis mailing list To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-analysis All postings are archived on CASI's website at http://www.casi.org.uk