U. S. Attacks Continue in Iraq

September 18, 2005

On September 17, large numbers of people in the Iraqi city of Samarra were reportedly fleeing their town in fear of a massive U.S. military campaign.

Under the guise of "cleansing the town of terrorists," U.S. military forces are threatening to launch an attack in the coming days. Military officials announced last week that residents must "expel the terrorists" or face a military raid similar to the massive offensive taking place against Tal Afar. One year ago, U.S. forces invaded Samarra, killing more than 300.

Also, on September 14, U.S. forces along the Euphrates river launched numerous airstrikes against the town of Haiditha, 140 miles northwest of Baghdad, killing and wounding scores of Iraqis.

Meanwhile, in the town of Qaim, near the Syrian border, U.S. warplanes bombed two houses, killing and wounding civilians. Similar airstrikes have taken place in Qaim in recent days.

On September 15, U.S. warplanes also struck numerous places in the city of Ramadi, wounding scores of civilians. Fierce fighting erupted following the raids in the eastern gate of the city, near the U.S. military headquarters and in the city center. Reporters described the city as practically deserted, with many U.S. helicopters and warplanes hovering overhead. Doctors in Ramadi hospital made urgent calls for blood donations.

Two days earlier, the U.S. launched repeated airstrikes against the Iraqi town of Karabila, near the Syrian border. "American aircraft have struck the city of Karabila more than 10 times," a local hospital official stated.