Report From the Arab Press

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May 22, 2004

Claims of renewed fighting near Falluja said resistance fighters destroyed an American tank and killed all it's crew on northern outskirts of Falluja town after an ultimatum they sent to American occupation forces to remove checkpoints they established on the entrance to the town. The site added that occupation forces withdrew their checkpoints and removed an embankment they made. These forces forced a siege on the village of Garma south east of Falluja after 3 American Hummer armoured cars were destroyed near the village recently. Falluja was the target of the biggest American military operations since the main invasion operations March 20-April 10,2003.

Abuse of women claimed

The Iraqi site, quoted Iranian Arabic-language TV al-Alam as saying American soldiers raped two teenager girls 13 and 15 years old and left them near a Baghdad hospital after they sustained several injuries.The younger one died and the other one was still in hospital, said the site. The Iraqi weekly published a list of the names of 46 female POWs asserting that this was only the first list, which contradicts allegations by American occupation authority spokesman and its Iraqi security Adviser Muwafaq al-Rubaie [his real name is Kareem Shahpur] who insisted that there were only 9.

US influence in Iraq has long history

The posted an article by by Mr. Awni Kalamchi, a key member of the National Alliance which groups several Iraqi anti occupation parties in which he reviewed American policies towards Iraq since the beginning of last century. "American administrations have always sought to have an influential presence in Iraq with an eye on its oil wealth and strategic location," he said, adding that as early as Ottoman rule in Iraq, Washington sought to have control over Iraq's newly-discovered oil. Thus it succeeded in pressuring to have an equal share to that of Britain and France in the western oil consortium which got a monopoly of digging, producing and exporting Iraqi oil. He added that the American embassy in Baghdad was competing with the British for influence on the royal regime circles before the 1958 revolution.