Fallujah Falls Again

Tribal fighters gesture after deploying themselves on the streets of Ramadi. Iraq's prime minister urged people in the besieged city of Fallujah on Monday to drive out al-Qaeda-linked insurgents to pre-empt a military offensive. (Reuters/Ali al-Mashhadani)


You could forgive the people of Fallujah for feeling as if they've been forced back in time years after the war in Iraq was supposed to be over. Instead they are sharing space with a resurgent al-Qaeda.

The Iraqi city of Fallujah is once again under siege from al-Qaeda-linked fighters.

In an online video which appears to have been made by some of the guerrilla soldiers, two men wearing scarves over their faces, plant what appears to be a bomb in the middle of a road. The video cuts and sometime later an explosion can be heard from off camera ... then gunfire. The men erupt with cries of "God Is Great." The video is mixed with music featuring the chorus, "Here are the soldiers of Righteousness."

Al-Qaeda affiliated fighters also seized control of Ramadi, another city in the central Iraqi province of Anbar. Iraqi security forces have since re-taken Ramadi. And today the government claims to have made gains around Fallujah.

Hoshang Waziri is a freelance reporter based in Erbil, the capital of Iraq's northern Kurdish region.

The violence in Fallujah is like a bad-echo for American military personnel who fought there during the bloody US campaign in Iraq. Two former American marines, Charleston Malkemus and Ross Caputi fought in Fallujah and shared their thoughts of Fallujah then and now.

A lot of blood has been spilled in Fallujah over the last ten years ... in spite of the best efforts of many people, including our two guests to stop the bleeding.

Feisal Istrabadi is the former Iraqi Ambassador to the United Nations. He is director of the Center for the Study of the Middle East at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Sectarian War a Two-Way Street for Iraq, Syria -- al-Monitor

Peter Mansoor is a retired US Army Colonel who was the Executive Officer to General David Petraeus during the US-led surge in 2007 and 2008. He teaches Military History at Ohio State University in Columbus. Peter Mansoor is also the author of Surge: My Journey with General David Petraeus and the REmaking of the Iraq War.

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This segment was produced by The Current's Howard Goldenthal, Gord Westmacott, Pacinthe Mattar and Alexandra Huffman.

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