FALLUJAH, Iraq – A U.S. general vowed an “overwhelming” response to the murder and mutilation of four American contractors, but U.S. troops stayed out of this anti-American city Thursday and fearful Iraqi police took no action.
“We wish that they would try to enter Fallujah so we’d let hell break loose,” Ahmed al-Dulaimi said. “We will not let any foreigner enter Fallujah,” said Sameer Sami. “Yesterday’s attack is proof of how much we hate the Americans.”
Near Fallujah on Thursday, insurgents set off a bomb beside a U.S. military patrol, wounding three troops. Associated Press Television News footage showed smoke and fire pouring from an abandoned Humvee on the side of a road.