Falluja Siege, April 2004: A News Analysis
The IBC Falluja-April 2004 News Analysis presents excerpts from nearly three
hundred news stories on the April 2004 siege of Falluja,* with an emphasis
on its humanitarian impact. It organises extracts reporting specific deaths
or injuries of civilians and combatants, cumulative death tallies as collated
by various authorities within and outside Falluja, as well as additional
on-the-ground and background reportage on the siege, and how the US military
and goverment explained or presented their actions. To enter the archive
and access the news reported on a particular day, click on any dated link
For a more detailed user guide, see below.
*Common alternative spellings are Fallujah, Fallouja, Falloujah.
(Iraq Body Count Press Release on the Falluja
News Analysis archive and IBC database entry)
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User Guide to Tables:
The essential quotes from the news stories - of specific reported deaths, and
reported cumulative totals - have been extracted and presented in table format.
The tables also contain data extractions from these news quotes. All the
news stories published on a particular day share a single web page.
Below is an example IBC Falluja table and single news source's entry.The heading
gives the publication date of all stories on that page. The first row gives
the source, time of publication (where available), author, and title.
Row 2 contains extracted quotes from the story which
provide information on specific reported deaths, and the next three columns
contain the following data extracted from these quotes: date of death, total
killed, civilian/fighter status of the killed.
The next four rows are similarly organized,
and refer to cumulative deaths. These necessarily refer to a date range,
not a single date.
The final two rows in each table go beyond IBC casualty data extraction to
provide information that can be used to perform other kinds of analyses.
Quotes in the rows headed "Selected info.." contain related and background
information, testimony, commentary and analysis; quotes in "US/military
viewpoint" provide insights
into the US and its military's thinking, in both higher and lower echelons,
as expressed in press conferences and often more germanely, on the ground.
All non-contiguous quotes from news articles are indicated with an ellipsis.
IBC Extracted Falluja News - April 12 [sample table]
| News Source
10:46 PM (UK)
SHIITE CLERIC PULLS BACK IRAQI MILITIAS
|Specific incidents / deaths
Marine commanders said insurgents were trying to
smuggle weapons into the city in aid convoys and move them around in
ambulances. Marines shot and killed two gunmen setting up a machine
gun near their position, then saw an ambulance pull up and try to take
the gun, said Lt. Col. Brennan Byrne. Marines shot an insurgent in
Iraqis in Fallujah complained that civilians were coming under fire
by U.S. snipers. Sheik Dhafir al-Obaidi told Al-Arabiya television
that dozens of people had been killed "because they thought it was
a cease-fire and left their homes for supplies, and they were surprised
|| 2 'gunmen setting up a machine gun' + 1 'insurgent
in the ambulance' + 24 ('dozens'... who left their homes for supplies')
|Civilian / Fighter
|| 24 ('dozens')
|Cumulative deaths [and injuries]
With quiet on both fronts, the scale of Iraq's worst
fighting since the fall of Saddam Hussein became clearer: The military
reported about 70 coalition troops and 700 Iraqi insurgents killed
so far this month. It was the biggest loss of life on both sides since
the end of major combat a year ago.
A hospital official said over 600 Iraqis were killed
in Fallujah alone - mostly women, children and the elderly.
More than 600 Iraqis have been killed in the city since the siege began,
said the head of Fallujah's hospital, Rafie al-Issawi. Most of the
dead registered at hospitals and clinics were women, children and elderly,
he said. He refused to give figures, saying that doing so would suggest
the remaining dead - young, military-aged men - were all insurgents,
which he said was not the case.
|Civilian / Fighter
|| 'mostly women, children and the elderly'
|Selected info, comment, analysis
In Fallujah, Sunni insurgents and Marines largely
held to a truce for a second day while Iraqi Governing Council members
negotiated with city officials to find a way to halt the violence.
Aysar al-Baghdadi, an assistant to Governing Council member Mouwafak
al-Rubaie, said that in the Fallujah talks, the United States demands
the surrender of the killers of four American contractors on March
31, the handover of foreign militants and an end to attacks on U.S.
troops in and around the city.
Al-Rubaie on Monday called on "Fallujah's good people
... to hand over these criminals and finish the bloodshed."
"We have to be careful because ambulances are being
used for legitimate purposes, but we are also treating them with suspicion," Byrne
Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt on Monday released the military's first full
casualty estimates since widespread fighting erupted on April 4, saying
around 70 coalition personnel have been killed and "about 10 times
that amount" of Iraqi insurgents.
He said there was no "authoritative number" of civilians
killed and said figures seen so far came through the "filter of propaganda."
Abizaid also complained of propaganda, accusing
two Arab television stations - Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya - of broadcasting
false reports that American troops were targeting civilians in Fallujah.
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