Friday, October 15, 2004

U.S. Pounds Fallujah As Ramadan Begins

U.S. warplanes pounded the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah, where residents were marking the first day of the holy month of Ramadan on Friday, a day after city leaders suspended peace talks and rejected the Iraqi government's demands to turn over terror mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. Fallujah, west of Baghdad, is considered the toughest stronghold of insurgents, who have controlled the city since the end of a bloody, three-week Marine siege in April. Early Friday morning the U.S. hit two sites described as planning sites for al-Zarqawi's millitant group and other strategic locations. However, these attacks were not a prelude to an offensive into Fallujah which has been planned to take place sometime this fall.