SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 25 (IPS) – With the news that members of a U.S. Army reserve platoon have been arrested in Iraq for refusing a ”suicide mission,” dissent among veterans of the U.S.-led campaign in that country continues to grow.
BAGHDAD — The U.S. military has used poison gas and other non-conventional weapons against civilians in Fallujah, eyewitnesses report.
”Poisonous gases have been used in Fallujah,” 35-year-old trader from Fallujah Abu Hammad told IPS. ”They used everything — tanks, artillery, infantry, poison gas. Fallujah has been bombed to the ground.”
BAGHDAD — The Baghdad Medical City has begun to look nice in its new coat of paint.
It does not look that nice to Dr Hammad Hussein, ophthalmology resident at the centre. ”I have not seen anything which indicates any rebuilding aside from our new pink and blue colours here where our building and the escape ladders were painted,” he told IPS.
Dahr Jamail was the primary contributor to this report concerning the failure of Bechtel to reconstruct/rehabilitate the water treatment plants it mentioned in its contract. Released by Public Citizen last Spring, the report was sent to the Inspector General of the Department of Defense as well as the Members of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee.