Continued Account From Qasem in Ramadi - 05.14.2006

Technical Difficulties appear to be mostly corrected, we’re still having some trouble posting directly from Amman, however. Here is the rest of Qasem’s email. We will try to contact him by phone tomorrow and provide another update as soon as we can connect with him.

May 8, 2006
US troops tried to get inside more houses to install sniper bases among the houses …some fighters attacked them and fighting continued for 2 hours after noon. After a 4 hour period of no fighting some fighters hunted one US professional sniper on his base then many attacks happened and fighting…and other US snipers in Ramadi started shooting anyone who can be found in the streets…..but just as they started many people started to take out the people by their cars and help them to run away from the snipers shooting ……..the people believe that snipers are the most wild US soldiers of all the US troops in Ramadi, because snipers killed many kids and I know him one of them, his name Haitham Yusif Hubaiter (7years old) he was killed by US sniper while he was going to his school 2 months ago, in addition to many kids and women killed by the US snipers with shots in head.

By the way the college of agriculture and college of education still occupied by US troops and the students use other buildings of Anbaar university to study.

May 10, 2006

At 9:30 in the morning, the US troops tried to install more snipers by occupying more houses close to the core of the city, some fighters attacked them and tough fighting continued for 3 hours… US bullets damaged many houses because of their random shooting, this way hurt many families inside their houses and my family was harmed also when many bullets sparked fire in the kids room.. I heard their screams while 2 of my nephews run away from their burning bedroom. My brother and I ran upstairs to find out what kind of hurt we will find this time… my mind was full with images of a kid killed with sniper bullet in head or burned dead body of one of my nephews. I was scared too much and I lost control of my steps on the stairs. I found my brother broke down the door and crashed the window with his hands to get out the heavy smoke and he carried out his 5 year-old son Mustafa who was startled, to get him out of the burned room. The fire started to burn some blankets, I found my way to bring water and started extinguishing the fire. It was small fire cased by the bullets …this kind of bullets used by US troops is very harmful gun for human beings or the materials-it contains lead that will be like a hot liquid inside the bullet…if the bullet get inside the body will explode and crash the body from inside and melt bones & flesh ….and if the bullet attacked a car or furniture or wood, it will burn and melt it .

The streets were empty and the fighters succeeded to disapear as usual …but the US soldiers keep there machine guns working and pointing to our houses….

I know that US soldiers want to keep themselves alive till they see their families but we also need to be alive to take care our suffering families in our poor hard life in Iraq.

Notice : till now there is no electricity, no drinking water, no phone service and no way to know what is the next day can be ……darkness and blood are our atmosphere.

And in media there is the usual news about 10s of Iraqi dead bodies found in Baghdad streets and explosions killed many Iraqis and the only help that government doing is to collect the dead body and put them in hospitals and tell the media to avoid scaring the people by hiding the real numbers of the dead bodies in the streets.

Other new strange crimes appeared in Baghdad when a group of gunmen was moving in Baghdad streets and shooting in the crowded places on the civilians and the Iraqi police allow them to pass the check points ……it is strange but it is fact ……ask any Iraqi even government members then he can’t say it is not fact…

Now, IF I have the choice to live in Baghdad or Ramadi or Fallujah …I will choose the 2 last choices because the dangerous side is clear but in Baghda every thing is Dangerous even Police check points can arrest and kill the people for money or some thing else…

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