"The soldiers are doing strange things in
Fallujah," said one of my contacts in Fallujah who just returned. He was
in his city checking on his home and just returned to Baghdad this evening.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, he continued, "In the center of the
Julan Quarter they are removing entire homes which have been bombed, meanwhile
most of the homes that were bombed are left as they were. Why are they doing
According to him, this was also done in the Nazal, Mualmeen, Jubail, and Shuhada'a
districts, and the military began to do this after Eid,
which was after Nov. 20.
He told me he has watched the military use bulldozers to push the soil into
piles and load it onto trucks to carry away. This was done in the Julan and
Jimouriya quarters of the city, which is of course where the heaviest fighting
occurred during the siege, as this was where resistance was the fiercest.
"At least two kilometers [1.2 mi.] of soil were removed," he explained.
"Exactly as they did at Baghdad Airport after the heavy battles there during
the invasion and the Americans used their special weapons."
He explained that in certain areas where the military used "special munitions,"
200 square meters [2,150 sq. ft.] of soil was being removed from each blast
In addition, many of his friends have told him that the military brought in
water-tanker trucks to power blast the streets, although he hadn't seen this
"They went around to every house and have shot the water tanks,"
he continued. "As if they are trying to hide the evidence of chemical weapons
in the water, but they only did this in some areas, such as Julan and in the
souk [market] there as well."
He first saw this having been done after Dec. 20.
Again, this is reflective of stories I've been told by several refugees
Just last December, a 35-year-old merchant from Fallujah, Abu Hammad, told
me what he'd experienced when he was still in the city during the siege.
"The American warplanes came continuously through the night and bombed
everywhere in Fallujah! It did not stop even for a moment! If the American forces
did not find a target to bomb, they used sound bombs just to terrorize the people
and children. The city stayed in fear; I cannot give a picture of how panicked
"In the mornings I found Fallujah empty, as if nobody lives in it,"
he'd said. "Even poisonous gases have been used in Fallujah they
used everything tanks, artillery, infantry, poison gas. Fallujah has
been bombed to the ground. Nothing is left."
In Amiriyat al-Fallujah, a small city just outside Fallujah where many doctors
from Fallujah have been practicing since they were unable to do so at Fallujah
General Hospital, similar stories are being told.
Last month, one refugee who had just arrived at the hospital in the small city
explained that he'd watched the military bring in water-tanker trucks to power-blast
some of the streets in Fallujah.
"Why are they doing this?" asked Ahmed (name changed for his protection).
"To beautify Fallujah? No! They are covering their tracks from the horrible
weapons they used in my city."
Also last November, another Fallujah refugee from the Julan area, Abu Sabah
told me, "They [U.S. military] used these weird bombs that put up smoke
like a mushroom cloud. Then small pieces fell from the air with long tails of
smoke behind them."
He explained that pieces of these bombs exploded into large fires that burned
people's skin even when water was dumped on their bodies, which is the effect
of phosphorous weapons, as well as napalm. "People suffered so much from
these, both civilians and fighters alike," he said.
My friend Suthir [name changed to protect identity] was a member of one of
the Iraqi Red Crescent relief convoys that was allowed into Fallujah at the
end of November.
"I'm sure the Americans committed bad things there, but who can discover
and say this?" she said when speaking of what she saw of the devastated
city. "They didn't allow us to go to the Julan area or any of the others
where there was heavy fighting, and I'm sure that is where the horrible things
"The Americans didn't let us in the places where everyone said there was
napalm used," she added. "Julan and those places where the heaviest
fighting was, nobody is allowed to go there."
On Nov. 30, the U.S. military prevented an aid convoy from reaching Fallujah.
This aid convoy was sent by the Iraqi Ministry of Health, but was told by soldiers
at a checkpoint to return in "eight or nine days," reported AP.
Dr. Ibrahim al-Kubaisi, who was with the relief team, told reporters at that
time, "There is a terrible crime going in Fallujah, and they do not want
anybody to know."
With the military maintaining strict control over who enters Fallujah, the
truth of what weapons were used remains difficult to find.
Meanwhile, people who lived in different districts of Fallujah continue to
tell the same stories.