- Title: IRAQ: U.S. FORCES CONTINUE TO BLOCK ROADS INTO FALLUJA.
- Date: 16th November 2004
- Summary: (W3) KARMA, IRAQ (NOVEMBER 16, 2004) (REUTERS) 1. GV/PAN: U.S. MILITARY VEHICLES ON STREET OUTSIDE FALLUJA, PAN TO TRAFFIC ON STREET 0.11 2. GV: U.S. SOLDIERS STOPPING VEHICLE FOR CHECKING 0.21 3. GV: U.S. SOLDIER SEARCHING CAR BOX 0.26 4. GV: TRAFFIC ON STREET, U.S. ARMOURED VEHICLE ON SIDE OF ROAD 0.34 5. GV: U.S. SOLDIER LEANING ON HIS HUMVEE, U.S. VEHICLES 0.40 6. GV: U.S. SOLDIER REMOVING BARBED WIRE BARRICADE 0.48 7. GV: PEOPLE STANDING NEAR VEHICLES, U.S. TANK NEARBY 0.55 8. (SOUNDBITE) (English), 1ST PRACTICE SERGEANT OF THE 42ND INFANTRY DIVISION, DANIEL BEN, SAYING: "We believe that they are looking for open areas to set up their operations after they have left Falluja, yes." 1.03 9. GV/PAN: U.S. MILITARY VEHICLES ON STREET 1.12 10. LAS: U.S. SOLDIER ON STREET, TRAFFIC ON STREET 1.21 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 1st December 2004 12:00
- Location: KARMA, NEAR FALLUJA, IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
- Reuters ID: LVA3C5V8GEG6EZ9X7QVW3ODZYN9C
- Story Text: U.S. forces keep tight control on the rebel-held
Falluja, preventing people and humanitarian aid convoys
from entering the city.
U.S. forces continued to block roads leading to the
rebel strongholds of Falluja preventing flow of the people
back to their homes on Tuesday (November 16, 2004), which they
fled when fighting broke out last Monday.
A concentration of U.S. military vehicles maintained
positions on the main street leading to Karma town, 10
kilometres west of Falluja as U.S. soldiers controlled
traffic and searched cars.
U.S.-led forces have overrun almost all of Falluja
since the assault on Iraqi insurgents and foreign militants
loyal to al Qaeda ally Abu Musab al-Zarqawi began on Monday
night last week.
1st Practice Sergeant of the 42nd Infantry Division,
Daniel Ben said they must know search out insurgents that
"We believe that they are looking for open areas to set
up their operations after they have left Falluja, yes," he
Iraq's Red Crescent group has sent seven truck-loads of
food and medicine to the city, but the U.S. forces blocked
the aid convoy at Falluja's main hospital and said it could
A U.S. Marine commander said American forces were
working to deliver assistance in the city themselves. Any
Iraqis needing help would be told to go to the hospital, on
the western outskirts of the city, across the Euphrates
river, he said.
Iraqi interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi has said he
doesn't believe any civilians were killed in the offensive,
which has left 38 U.S. soldiers, 6 Iraqi troops and more
than 1,200 insurgents dead. But witness accounts
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