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On the Road to Falluja

The road home for the Spartan Brigade is through Falluja. The mission is to put an end to the attacks that have plagued American troops in this town 40 miles west of Baghdad. I went along with them as they pulled up stakes in the Iraqi capital and headed west. Almost immediately, the mission became an excursion into the complex politics of postwar Iraq. The American soldiers who advanced into the heart of the Iraqi capital in April soon found themselves face to face with an Iranian resistance movement as they sought to sort out living arrangements for the soldiers in this dirt-poor and looted region. By the end of my first day here, I had meandered through an underground bunker complex, enjoyed a fine Iranian meal and heard a lecture on repression in Iran from a member of the resistance movement who had earned a university degree in Wichita, Kan. All this occurred before the official mission began: sending troops into Falluja to patrol the streets, win the support of the people and capture and kill the die-hards who have been firing rocket-propelled grenades at American troops. Full Story

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