Bulletin 154


Subject: Iraq Dispatches: Resistance Spreads, audio of mosque slaughter, new photos

21 November 2004
Grenoble, France

Dear Colleagues and Friends of CEIMSA,

Today we received two more Dahr Jamail's Iraq Dispatches. The first, in Item
A., is the copy of a radio interview documented with sound and photos taken from the Abu Hanifa mosque massacre in Baghdad, which was sent to us this morning. Then, in Item B., is the report this evening on continued killings of today in Ramadi.

Francis McCollum Feeley
Professor of American Studies
Director of Research
Université de Grenoble 3

from Dahr Jamail :
Date: Sun, 21 Nov 2004 09:56

     Here is a radio dispatch and interview from FSRN and Flashpoints
     with audio taken inside the Abu Hanifa mosque of the raid/slaughter:

     Here are a few new photos of the aftermath of the aforementioned:


from Dahr Jamail
Date: Sun, 21 Nov 2004 20:15
To: iraq_dispatches@dahrjamailiraq.com
Subject: Iraq Dispatches: More blood, More chaos

** Dahr Jamail's Iraq Dispatches **

   November 21, 2004

More blood, More chaos

In Ramadi today 6 civilians were killed in clashes between the resistance and military.

The military sealed the city, closing all the roads while announcing over loudspeakers for residents in the city to hand over terrorists.

A man, woman and child died when the public bus they were riding in approached a US checkpoint there when they were riddled with bullets from anxious soldiers. A military spokesman said the bus was shot because it didn t stop when they asked it to.

The city remains sealed by US forces as fierce clashes sporadically erupt across the area while the military decides how to handle yet another resistance controlled.

As the mass graves in Fallujah continue to be filled with countless corpses, sporadic fighting flashes throughout areas of the destroyed battleground.

The Americans want every city in Iraq to be like Fallujah, said Abdulla Rahnan, a 40 year-old man on the street where I was taking tea not far from my hotel, They want to kill us all-they are freeing us of our lives!

His friend, remaining nameless, added, Everyone here hates them because they are making mass graves faster than even Saddam!

I never tell people I interview I am from America. I tell them I am Canadian of Lebanese descent-which is close enough since I am from Alaska. With this information, I am always greeted warmly, invited to meals and to spend the night wherever I go. Arab culture continues to impress me as the most beautiful, warm, civilized culture of any I ve experienced in all of my travels.

But as Abu Talat told me the other day when I asked him what he thoughtabout going to Ramadi or Fallujah, Sure Dahr, we can go-but not until you get a steel neck!

He laughs his deep laugh, and I fake a laugh with him while peering out my car window.

After conducting other interviews during the day, Salam and I are in my room working on a radio dispatch. As we begin recording, his cell phone and my room phone ring simultaneously.

He gets news of another friend who has been shot by soldiers, while I am told by Abu Talat that al-Adhamiya is under a 6pm curfew as the military begins house to house searches. His frustrated voice tells me his wife and boys are afraid as he speaks above helicopters thumping the air over his home.

Over in Sadr City, the military are now sealing off neighborhoods doing home searches as well-this after having agreed to a deal with Sadr s Mehdi Army the fighters turned in many of their weapons and agreed to a truce. Last night a small boy was shot there because he was out after curfew.

Lieutenant-General Lance Smith, deputy US commander of the region of the Middle East that includes Iraq, announced that his command might be asking for 3-5,000 more troops for Iraq.

This goal will most likely be attained by delaying the already scheduled departure of soldiers already here, and was announced at about the same time that the commander for the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force in Fallujah, Lieutenant-General John Sattler said that he believed the assault on Fallujah had broken the back of the insurgency.

Refugees from Fallujah have yet to be allowed to return to their city.

One of my friends here works on the election commission for Iraq-he stopped by tonight laughing at the new date which has been set for the election of January 30th. They have this new date for their rigged elections, he rolls his eyes, And nobody in Iraq believes their propaganda. Elections? Here? I don t know anyone who will vote. Perhaps the entire country can vote absentee for reason of car bomb!

He and I were interviewed on a radio program this evening-while I was listening to commercials waiting to come back on, I laugh to myself as one of the advertisements is for folks to trade in their old Hummer for a new one with low financing!

This against the backdrop of the show, where my friend and I had shared stories with the host and callers of death in the streets, Iraqi outrage over the failed occupation and other love stories from Iraq.

Meanwhile, more oil facilities are sabotaged in the north, the Green Zone takes more mortars, and the usual gunfire is audible over the generators running out my window.


Francis McCollum Feeley
Professor of American Studies/
Director of Research at CEIMSA-IN-EXILE