- Title: IRAQ: REALITY OF THE DESTRUCTION OF FALLUJA BEGINS TO SINK IN AS FIGHTING EASES
- Date: 30th November 2004
- Summary: (U7)FALLUJA, IRAQ (NOVEMBER 29, 2004)(REUTERS) 1. WIDE SHOT OF STREET LITTERED WITH RUBBLE AND WRECKAGE OF DAMAGED CAR 0.06 2. DAMAGED CAR/ RUBBLE 3. VARIOUS OF DAMAGED HOUSE 4. STREET LITTERED WITH DEBRIS 5. PILES OF DEMOLISHED BRICKS IN STREET 6. DEMOLISHED HOUSES 7. CLOSE UP OF DEMOLISHED HOUSE 8. CRATER CAUSED BY BOMBING FILLED WITH WATER 9. DEMOLISHED HOUSE 10. UPROOTED TREE ON OUTER WALL 11. WIDE SHOT OF STREET LITTERED WITH BROKEN BRICKS 12. CONCRETE STREWN ACROSS STREET 13. DEMOLISHED WALL 14. WIDE SHOT OF DESTRUCTION 15. CAVED IN WALL / DEMOLISHED HOUSE AND WRECKED CAR 16. WIDE SHOT OF RUBBLE 17. WIDE SHOT OF BUS CRUSHED INTO POWER POST 18. CLOSE-UP OF WRECKAGE OF BUS 19. WIDE SHOT OF BUS WRECKAGE WITH PARTS STREWN ACROSS STREET 1.54 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 15th December 2004 12:00
- Location: FALLUJA, IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
- Reuters ID: LVABDXRIYZ8IQYFJS5HKPW0K0ZAH
- Story Text: Reality of the desturction in Falluja begins to sink
as the fighting eases.
Three weeks of fierce fighting has left piles
of rubble and gutted and demolished houses in Falluja.
Once the sky stopped raining fire and the smoke from the
tank cannons vanished, it was time to pick up the pieces.
What had been houses were now piles of brick and glass,
demolished by 500-pound bombs. Whole city blocks were
leveled, the rubble and mangled wrecks of cars pushed to
the sides of the streets by the force of Abrams tanks.
In crushing the Sunni insurgents who had laid claim to
the streets, U.S. and Iraqi forces left Falluja looking
like a city ripped asunder by a hurricane.
More than three weeks of pitched battles between Iraqi
security forces and U.S. Marines and fighters in the
western city of Falluja left gutted and damaged buildings
and streets full of piles of rubble.
A walk through the city reveals a picture of utter
destruction, with concrete houses flattened, mosques in
ruins, telegraph poles down, power and phone lines hanging
slack and rubble and human remains littering the empty
Houses in the south-eastern industrial Shuhada
neighbourhood, once an insurgent stronghold, looked like a
ghost town where some houses were reduced to rubble.
Streets were full of rubbish, wreckage of cars, broken
concrete bricks and twisted metal. A number of houses were
crushed under falling walls and uprooted trees stood above
U.S. air strikes, artillery barrages and infantry
operations wrested control of Falluja this month, and the
military said they killed over 1,000 foreign Muslim
militant fighters and insurgents loyal to toppled Iraqi
leader Saddam Hussein.
Falluja, regarded as a place with an independent streak
where citizens even defied the former leader Saddam Hussein
at times, seemed lifeless. The minarets of the city's
dozens of mosques stood silent, no longer broadcasting the
call to holy war that so often echoed across the rooftops,
inspiring fighters to join the insurgency. Pavements were crushed by
70-ton Abrams tanks, and rows
of crumbling buildings stood on both sides of deserted
streets. Upmarket homes with garages looked as if they had
been abandoned for years. Cars lay crushed in the middle of
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