- Title: IRAQ: U.S. TROOPS HAVE INTENSIFIES THEIR PRESENCE IN THE SUNNI AREAS OF IRAQ
- Date: 7th July 2003
- Summary: (U3) FALLUJA, 60 KM WEST OF BAGHDAD, IRAQ (JULY 7, 2003) (REUTERS- ACCESS ALL) 1. LV U.S. TANK DRIVING IN A HIGH WAY 0.05 2. CU OF SOLDIER 0.18 3. SV OF GUN 0.23 4. LAS OF SOLDIER ON TANK 0.28 5. TRACKING SHOT OF AREA 0.36 6. CU OF U.S. SOLDIERS (3 SHOTS) 1.02 7. TRACKING SHOT OF STREET IN THE TOWN OF FALLUJA 1.14 8. SV/SLV CHILDREN GATHERING NEARBY A U.S TANK (2 SHOTS) 1.31 9. SV U.S. SOLDIER GIVING SOME CHILDREN BAGS OF FOOD OR SWEETS 1.46 10. SLV U.S TANK ON THE ROAD 1.54 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 22nd July 2003 13:00
- Location: FALLUJA, WEST OF BAGHDAD, IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
- Reuters ID: LVA3PTP1MBIMI5PNKN3RGBEZMPXO
- Story Text: U.S. soldiers have boosted their presence and patrols
in the restive town of Falluja 60 km west of Baghdad, as they
also work to win hearts of the population there by giving some
children bags of gifts.
U.S. troops have intensified their presence in the
Sunni areas of Iraq, mainly in the volatile towns of Falluja
and Ramadi, once the hotbed for the deposed former Iraqi
president Saddam Hussein.
U.S. soldiers have sent more reinforcemnents, searching
for the die-hard supporters of Saddam and locating illegal
Meanwhile, U.S. soldiers continued handing out bags of
food and sweets to children in a bid to win hearts of the
population in Falluja.
U.S.-led occupying forces have been coming under almost
daily attack in recent weeks, more than two months after U.S.
President George W. Bush declared major combat over after
toppling Saddam on April 9.
Following the hit-and-run attacks, U.S. soldiers
intensified their searches, not only in Falluja and Ramadi in
the west, but in the capital for wanted Saddam supporters and
The latest violence, in Baghdad and a town to the west of
the capital, is another indication that U.S. occupation forces
are facing guerrilla warfare in Sunni Muslim central Iraq.
Iraqis remain frustrated by daily power cuts, a shortage
of drinking water to help them cool-off in temperatures
soaring well above 40 degrees Celsius (more than 100
Fahrenheit) and a climate of high crime and unemployment.
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