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.