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The Iraqi Resistance Spreads

While the US military says it now controls Fallujah and is simply “mopping up” what is left of the Iraqi resistance, over 400 soldiers wounded in the fighting have been flown out of Iraq to US air bases in
Germany.

As giant C-141 transport planes carrying wounded and maimed American soldiers roar over the Iraqi desert, armed men carrying rocket propelled grenades and kalashnikov machine guns roam freely in the streets of Mosul, the third largest city in Iraq.

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Dying for Democracy

Violence and fear is growing in Iraq ahead of next Sunday’s vote. Dahr Jamail, in Baghdad, Foreign Editor David Pratt, in Basra, and Diplomatic Editor Trevor Royle report

“I will not be voting because it is a useless charade,” says Salah Abrahim as he pushes his car towards a petrol station to get fuel in a bustling street in the Karrada district of Baghdad, a sector of the capital city populated primarily by Shia Muslims.

“Any clever person can see that this war and its expenditures would lead to a government that opposes the Americans.”

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