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Iraqi Rebels Slip Away To Fight Another Day
The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11-14-2004 | Aqeel Hussein/Toby Harnden

Posted on 11/13/2004 6:21:19 PM PST by blam

Iraqi rebels slip away to fight another day

By Aqeel Hussein in al-Nouaimia and Toby Harnden in Fallujah
(Filed: 14/11/2004)

Families fleeing the besieged city of Fallujah say that rebel fighters have slipped through the American and Iraqi military cordon and have been driven away in Mercedes cars to rejoin the battle elsewhere in Iraq.

The fighters, said to include foreign militants using satellite telephones, are believed to be heading for Baghdad and the northern city of Mosul, to open a new front.

Abu Haider, 47, a mechanic who escaped with his family on Friday, said: "I saw many fighters with their faces covered, coming out beside us, carrying light weapons and their telephones.

"I asked one how he had managed to arrange a lift to the city. He replied, 'It is the order. We have to choose another field to fight on outside Fallujah.' "

Yesterday, President George W Bush gave warning that guerrilla violence in Iraq could worsen as the January elections draw near. "The desperation of the killers will grow and the violence could escalate," he said.

At least 24 American and five Iraqi soldiers have been killed in the battle so far, and American commanders claim that hundreds of insurgents have died. There has been no independent confirmation of the number of insurgent or civilian fatalities but witnesses speak of the stench from piles of bodies lying in the street.

The Red Cross and Red Crescent are increasingly alarmed by the living conditions of Fallujah's remaining 300,000 civilian residents. The Red Crescent took emergency supplies into the city yesterday despite being refused permission by the Americans because of the danger to aid workers.

Abu Haider was among hundreds of refugees to make his way out of Fallujah in the past few days. He fled with his wife and three children because his teenage daughter, Rana, needs fortnightly treatment for leukaemia at a hospital in Baghdad.

He said that homes in the al-Shuhada district of southern Fallujah had been destroyed by US bombs. "It is like a hell in there," he said. "There are many people dead on the streets. There is a very bad smell."

He said that rebel fighters had made their way from central Fallujah to his neighbourhood using a network of tunnels because it was the best way out of the city. They used a back route through villages to the south of Fallujah, passing through farmland and orchards, until they reached the town of al-Nouaimia.

"When we got there I saw two Mercedes cars waiting for these fighters," he said. The fighters took a back road, too narrow for American tanks, to drive to Baghdad. He and his family managed to rent a car in the town and used the same route, he said.

American commanders admitted that many insurgents fled before the battle began, but insisted that escape routes were blocked.

Capt Raymond Pemberton, an intelligence officer for the US Army's Task Force 2-2, which has been in the thick of the fighting for almost a week, said: "A solid cordon was established about five days prior to the attack."

Other families who escaped to al-Nouaimia by the same route as rebel fighters described the devastation they had left behind.

Hussain Khudiar Al-Dolaimy, 67, ran away with nine family members. "Bodies are everywhere in the streets," he said. "The electricity is switched off and the water has been cut for three days."

Sa'ad Al-Dolaimy, 25, said he had seen "hundreds of bodies" thrown in the streets.

Iraq's national security adviser, Qassem Daoud, said yesterday that more than 1,000 rebels had been killed and 200 fighters detained. He claimed that only "'malignant pockets" remained but confirmed that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the terror mastermind behind the kidnap of westerners who made Fallujah his base, had escaped.


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: another; away; day; fallujah; fight; iraq; iraqi; rebels; slip; willbefound; willbekilled

1 posted on 11/13/2004 6:21:20 PM PST by blam
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To: blam

more bs from MSM .. and the has beens...... soon there will be a lot less of this organization ....... yahooooooooooo


2 posted on 11/13/2004 6:22:36 PM PST by Gibtx (Pajamahadien call to arms.....)
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To: blam

Note the first author's name... BINGO!

Perhaps he is a scholar at "Baghdad Bob U"


3 posted on 11/13/2004 6:26:36 PM PST by acapesket (never had a vote count in all my years here)
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To: blam
Rebels ===> TERRORISTS

Mosul <===== Iranian infiltration

4 posted on 11/13/2004 6:31:11 PM PST by Diogenesis ("Then I say unto you, send men to summon ... worms. And let us go to Fallujah to collect heads.")
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To: blam

I understand that over 1000 are pushing up daisies instead of "slipping away". By the end of this let's hope it reaches a much larger number.


5 posted on 11/13/2004 6:47:54 PM PST by Laserman
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To: blam

The Red Crscent is worried about the terrorists living conditions.


6 posted on 11/13/2004 6:48:27 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (God is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: blam

With over 1000 terrorists killed, I would say not too many escaped.


7 posted on 11/13/2004 6:50:02 PM PST by Fishing-guy
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To: Fishing-guy
Yes, and they are "slipping away" without their arms stockpiles and without their computers, which our intelligence people are already examining.

The MSM keep re-defining success so that they can declare the operation a failure. I think that things are probably going just as planned: Fallujah is no longer a symbol of defiance but of defeat for the Baathist and jihadis, and the insurgents are popping out of their holes all over the Sunni Triangle so that we can whack 'em.

Furthermore, the wheat is being separated from the chaff in the Iraqi forces; when this is over they will have a reasonably solid core of battle-tested troops to build on.

8 posted on 11/13/2004 6:59:21 PM PST by Southern Federalist
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To: blam
10 to 1 says they were gone before we even turned our engines over...
9 posted on 11/13/2004 7:07:07 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist )
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To: blam

And if they have to keep running and running from santuary to ever less comfortable and less supplied and smaller santuaries with no opportunity to rest and regroup and reorganize, that is defeat? This is truly Vietnam media coverage all over again. "After Tet, it seems like all our victories got turned into defeats by the media." -- Tom Moorer.


10 posted on 11/13/2004 7:20:04 PM PST by AmericanVictory (Should we be more like them, or they like us?)
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To: blam
Can't get very many fighters in two Mercedes. I suspect their infrastructure has been severely bent and hopefully will soon be broke. Reports of many enemy pieces and part is a good thing.
Go Good Guys!


mc
11 posted on 11/13/2004 7:29:39 PM PST by mcshot (Age is a high price for maturity.)
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"When we got there I saw two Mercedes cars waiting for these fighters," he said. The fighters took a back road, too narrow for American tanks, to drive to Baghdad. He and his family managed to rent a car in the town and used the same route, he said.

Why does this sound silly?
Is it a bad translation?

12 posted on 11/13/2004 7:34:34 PM PST by TeleStraightShooter (Lurch planned to graft postVietnam policy on Iraq: Surrender and let the Syrian Baathists take over)
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To: Southern Federalist

Exactly right.

Keep peeling the terrorist onion, until there isn't one.


13 posted on 11/13/2004 7:37:25 PM PST by Senator Goldwater
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To: blam
"Abu Haider, 47, a mechanic who escaped with his family on Friday, said: "I saw many fighters with their faces covered, coming out beside us, carrying light weapons and their telephones."

Yes, I'm sure that would have escaped the attention of our troops.

14 posted on 11/13/2004 7:39:14 PM PST by CWOJackson
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To: TeleStraightShooter
Didn't intend for it to sound "silly". I referenced the "two waiting Mercedes" to reflect that not many could have escaped if that's all they needed for transportation. Translation seems fine to me.
Best,
mc
15 posted on 11/13/2004 7:42:28 PM PST by mcshot (Age is a high price for maturity.)
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To: blam

there may be some exageration here, but our own military admits that this happened. certainly the leadership was long gone, this was hardly a surprise attack. and clearly many made their way to Mosul. It doesn't do any good to put our heads in the sand about this, it happened. it doesn't discount the effectiveness and the bravery of our forces to wipe out those that remained.

next thing to look for - iraqi forces will be used to try and hold fallujah, and insurgents will now attack those forces. basically, the situation in fallujah is now going to be "inside out". this will be a major test for the iraqi forces.


16 posted on 11/13/2004 7:45:54 PM PST by oceanview
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To: mcshot
No, I was referring to the story cooked up by the "eye witness" in Iraq.

Whay would traveling down a narrow road be safe for Seditionists to escape the gaze of the US Army?

17 posted on 11/13/2004 8:00:50 PM PST by TeleStraightShooter (Lurch planned to graft postVietnam policy on Iraq: Surrender and let the Syrian Baathists take over)
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To: oceanview

Road to narrow for tanks. Give me a friggin break!!!


18 posted on 11/13/2004 8:10:38 PM PST by kylobo
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To: blam

We just killed more than a thousand of these bearded rats and captured 200 more. There are still some holdouts that will be killed or captured soon, so it's hard to imagine that very many of them "lived to fight another day".


19 posted on 11/13/2004 9:38:28 PM PST by TheCrusader ("the frenzy of the Mohammedans has devastated the Churches of God" - Pope Urban II, 1097 A.D.)
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To: blam
"It is like a hell in there," he said. "...There is a very bad smell."

And this would be different than before because...?

20 posted on 11/13/2004 10:41:08 PM PST by Family Guy (I disagree with what you said, but I'll defend to the death your right to shut up.)
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