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Forces Find 'Slaughterhouses' in Fallujah

Several months too late, but still welcome news...

FALLUJAH, Iraq - U.S. troops, on the verge of gaining control of the city, fought pockets of resistance in this former militant stronghold Wednesday and uncovered what the Iraqi commander said were "hostage slaughterhouses" in which foreign captives had been killed.

Insurgents sought to open a second front, mounting attacks outside Fallujah. They also kidnapped three relatives of Prime Minister Ayad Allawi and reportedly threatened further revenge against the leader. Militants also claimed to have abducted 20 Iraqi National Guard troops in Fallujah.

Throughout the day, Americans hit the militants with artillery and mortars, and warplanes fired on the city's main street and market as well as Jolan, one of several neighborhoods where troops were skirmishing with militants.

In what could be a sign of progress, the Marines began turning over Jolan to Iraqi forces, signaling that Marines consider the area relatively secure. Jolan was considered one of the strongest positions held by militants inside Fallujah.

James Joyner reports that the terrorist have threatened to behead the Allawi relatives.


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Comments (2)

I agree with the cruel and ... (Below threshold)

I agree with the cruel and unusual punishment clauses throughout our laws, yet the Murrow Building bombing caused me to reconsider hanging as a rare but appropiate form of capital punishment. Additionaly, I would think public hangings would be disturbingly cathartic. I would have liked to see McVie hang.

This is a long way of saying I hope the murderers left enough evidence behind for a duly seated jury in legitimate state-sponsered court operating under public sanctioned laws to eventually find those barbarians guilty - then hanged.

And yes, I do see morbid irony of hanging a beheader... from both side of the capital punishment issue.

THREE WORDS - PRAY, PRAY, P... (Below threshold)







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