Eyewitness Reports

Slash and Burn

From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) Dahr Jamail | Information Clearing House | 17 November 2004 11/17/04 "ICH" -- She lays dazed in the crowded hospital room, languidly waving her bruised arm at the flies. Her shins, shattered by bullets from US soldiers when they fired through the front door of her house, are both covered by casts. Small plastic drainage backs filled with red fluid sit upon her abdomen, where she took shrapnel from another bullet.

Eyewitness: Ghost city calls for help

From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) BBC News | 13 November 2004 As US-led troops battle rebels in the Iraqi city of Falluja, aid agencies have warned that civilians are left with little food and no drinking water. The BBC News website spoke by phone to Fadhil Badrani, an Iraqi journalist and resident of Falluja who reports regularly for Reuters and the BBC World Service in Arabic. We are publishing his and other eyewitness accounts from the city in order to provide the fullest possible range of perspectives from those who are there: "

Eyewitness: Fear remains after assault

From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) BBC News | 16 Novemebr 2004 As US forces say they have overall control of Falluja, the BBC News website spoke by phone to Fadhil Badrani, an Iraqi journalist and resident of Falluja who reports regularly for Reuters and the BBC World Service in Arabic. We are publishing his and other eyewitness accounts from the city in order to provide the fullest possible range of perspectives from those who are there: "

Dogs Eating Bodies in the Streets of Fallujah

From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) Dahr Jamail | Information Clearing House | 15/11/2004 11/15/04 "ICH" -- It never fails to get my adrenaline flowing when my hotel rumbles from a car bomb detonating in central Baghdad. Last night around 7pm the explosion occurred at a hotel compound which houses foreign contractors over near Firdos Square. Shortly there after the “Green Zone” took a sustained mortar attack which went on long enough for them to hit the blaring sirens which warn the inhabitants to take cover, long after the mortar rounds had stopped falling.

Doctor is haunted by siege of Fallujah

From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) Alissa J. Rubin | Concord Monitor Online | 15/11/2004 BAGHDAD, Iraq - Dr. Ahmed Ghanim's nightmarish week began with a phone call in the operating room of a triage center in downtown Fallujah. On the line was the manager of the city's General Hospital. Iraqi national guardsmen and U.S. Marines, the manager said, had entered the hospital, handcuffed the doctors and were forcing the patients out to the parking lot.

AP Photographer Flees Fallujah

From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) Katarina Kratovac |The Guardian | 14/11/2004 BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - In the weeks before the crushing military assault on his hometown, Bilal Hussein sent his parents and brother away from Fallujah to stay with relatives. The 33-year-old Associated Press photographer stayed behind to capture insider images during the siege of the former insurgent stronghold. ``Everyone in Fallujah knew it was coming. I had been taking pictures for days,'' he said.

Gaza Sinks in a Sea of Blood

From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) Mohammed Omer | RafahToday.org | 16/10/2004 It smells unbelievably bad here. To walk down any street—if you dare to—you skirt, or sometimes unavoidably walk through, pools of blood. There are shreds of human flesh—some of them unrecognizable as human remains—all over, on rooftops, plastered to broken windows, on the street. The stench of rotting blood mixes with the more acrid odor of flesh burnt to black char by the rockets fired by the Israeli Army's American-made Apache helicopters.

From Baghdad, a Wall-Street Journal's E-mail to Friends

From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) Farnaz Fassihi | MER- Mid East Realities | 2/10/2004 Iraq is a "disaster" that has deteriorated "into a raging barbaric guerilla war" that will haunt the United States for decades. Being a foreign correspondent in Baghdad these days is like being under virtual house arrest. Forget about the reasons that lured me to this job: a chance to see the world, explore the exotic, meet new people in far away lands, discover their ways and tell stories that could make a difference.

By Right of Birth

From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) Martin Lukacs | McGill Daily | 2004 This summer, Martin Lukacs travelled to Israel and Palestine in search of answers Welcome home. Its odd to hear this as you enter a country you have never set foot in. These were the words I heard as I passed through customs at Ben-Gurion Airport and found my hand clasped in a warm, strong handshake by Schlomo Momo Lifshitz a paunchy, muscular former Army Colonel, and current director of Oranim Birthright.

“Finally it Broke My Heart”. Random Impressions from Palestine

From the www.monabaker.com archive (legacy material) Kathleen & Bill Christison | CounterPunch | 24/9/2004 A few weeks spent in Palestine is always an assault on the senses, on the emotions. And after three trips to the West Bank in the past eighteen months, it is impossible not to draw some conclusions. For most Americans, the eleventh commandment of the politics of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict is Thou Shalt Not Reach Conclusions, for conclusions ­ that Israel wants the land of Palestine without the people; that the Israeli settlements, the roads accessible only to Israelis, the land confiscations, the house demolitions, the destruction of agricultural land add up to an act of ethnocide against the Palestinian people; that Israel's occupation and Israel's land greed are the root of the conflict and the root cause of terrorism ­ are too pointed for most people, too embarrassingly descriptive of an ugly reality impossible to ignore.