The Battle for Fallujah

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In Fallujah, US troops are engaged in the battle Secretary Rumsfeld says will -tip- Iraqi opinion toward democracy once and for all. But while the US wants an Iraqi face on the action, Iraqi troops are already defecting, and Sunni clerics have called for a boycott of January-s elections. Did the rebel leadership slip away while the US waited for Americans to go to the polls? Will they return to Fallujah when the battle is over or move to other places? Will there be peaceful elections or civil war? We hear from reporters in Iraq, military experts and counter-intelligence strategists, Iraqi oil industry watchdogs, a former state department official and foreign policy aide to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
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LA Times article on Arafat's declining condition

Al Jazeera article on Arafat's worsening condition



Warren Olney