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Issue No. 1927

“There’s civilians in there who want to just try to live. Beating the crap out of their city is not the best way to co-opt them into the political process.”

Major Steven Alexander, US army operations officer

“Let me put it to you this way—I earned capital in the campaign, political capital, and now I intend to spend it.”

George W Bush, planning a little election victory celebration in Fallujah

“I’ve said that a country, to be successful, simply cannot allow there to be safe havens for people who are determined to kill innocent Iraqis and to bring down the government...you can’t allow that in a country. That has to be stopped.”

US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld

...we couldn’t agree more

“Some of the soldiers were on leave and just failed to return, but it did not have a significant impact on our plan.”

General George W Casey Jr, on the Iraqi “government” soldiers who won’t be fighting in Fallujah

“Thus David prevailed over the Philistines. Victory belongs to the Lord.”

US Marines address a church service

during the preparation for battle against “religious fundamentalists”

“We know the Americans are a major power and that the Iraqi government has no will. Yet they will not control Fallujah.”

Mr al-Shamari, who left the city on Friday with his family


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Sat 13 Nov 2004, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1927
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